Asian Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America

Volume 3, No. 1, February 1999

  1. Asian Ecology Section 1998 Annual Report.
    1. Election
      During 1998, the Asian Ecology Section (AES) annual business meeting we introduced the new officers.
      Chair: Weixin Cheng
      Chair-Elect: Jianguo Wu
      Secretary: Jacoby Carter
      The official change over was October 1998. The addressees and contact information for the new officers is at the bottom of this newsletter.
    2. Finances
      We had $735.00 before the meeting. The money comes from the $2.00 fee paid to the ESA when people sign up for the section. The mixer cost $522.00. Other funds were paid out for to cover the postage for our annual newsletter.
    3. ESA Long Term Plan
      The executive committed requested that the various sections submit proposals as to how they intend to forward long-term plans for the ESA.
      The goals we proposed fulfilling were:
      Provide opportunities for ecologists to learn new ideas and techniques in ecology and related fields
      Promote a strong international community of ecologists;
      Increase diversity of ecologists, including representation of cultural, ethnic, gender, intellectual and disciplinary perspectives, and persons with disabilities.
      Increase the number and diversity of sites used for ecological research.
      Increase the number of ecologists who contribute to policy development and implementation.
      Increase the input of ecological science to local and regional decision making and implementation.

  2. Symposium

  3. The Asian Ecology Section, with the International Affairs Committee of the ESA is sponsoring a symposium entitled "Exotic Invasive Species in Asia". While much of the focus on the problems of exotic invasive species has been on North America, the problem is a worldwide phenomena. Species from the Americas and other regions of the world have been accidentally and purposely introduced into Asia causing a disruption of a number of ecosystems. This symposium will survey, across nations and taxonomic groups, the exotic invasive species problems in Asia. In addition to highlighting invasive episodes on the world's largest continent (with habitats ranging from the near arctic to the tropical) fruitful theoretical ground will be covered as well. By our cross taxon and region wide comparison we hope to illustrate the characteristics of the invaded community and invader that permit successful invasions, and the ecological consequences, if any of the these introductions, and to search for fundamental similarities and differences between taxon groups and regions.

    The symposium will be held Monday, August 8, and start at 1:00pm. The details of the schedule are still being worked out but the tentative order is as follows:

    CARTER, J. Keynote: Exotic Invasive in Asia, documenting the problems (and benefits?).
    FAUSCH, K.D., S. NAKANO, Y. TANIGUCHI, and G.D. GROSSMAN Context-dependent rainbow trout invasions in Japan: an hypothesis on the roles of hydrology and biotic interactions.
    KIRITANI, K. Invasive insect pests in Japan originated from USA.
    MORIMOTO, N. Fauna of exotic insects in Japan.
    BAWA, K. S., R. GANESAN and A. SINHA. Exotic invasive species, regeneration and recruitment of non-timber forest product species and livelihoods of indigenous people in the forests of Southwest India
    MONTGOMERY, M.E. and J. WU. Non-native pests of forest in China.
    LEI, G. Invasion of an exotic island pine scale, _Hemiberlesia pitysophila_, and its consequences to mainland pine forest insect community.
    LEE, C.S. Exotic plant species in South Korea.
    HAN, S.H., D.S. KONG, and J.Y CHA. Exotic animal species in South Korea
    CHOI, Y.D., and W.S. KONG. Problems of exotic species in eastern North America and eastern Asia from a biogeographical standpoint.
    CHOI, Y.D. Concluding remarks and discussion.

  4. AES Election

  5. Nominees for Chair-elect and secretary for the Asian Ecology Section are needed. Please send in your nominations, a short biography for the nominees, and a statement from them to the AES Secretary (Jacoby Carter). His address is below.

  6. AES Web Page

  7. Ben Wu deserves thanks and congratulations for putting together a terrific web page for the AES. The current web page address is: Or you can link to it though the ESA's web page at:

    On the AES web page you can find past section news letters, a membership list, bylaws for our section, useful links, and information on past sponsored symposium. Please check it out. Because of technical issues, Ben feels that the AES homepage should find a new, more permanent, home. If you can provide a permanent home for the AES homepage with the capability to have secure, remote editing, we'd like to talk to you. Please contact Weixin.

  8. Call for Newletter
  9. We plan to put out a second newsletter at the end of May, early June. This newsletter will have the list of nominees for AES officers and their biographies and statements. Any items you would like to have included, such as amendments to the bylaws, research grants and opportunities, news of interest to Asian Ecologists, etc. should be sent to the Jacoby Carter by 15 May for inclusion.

  10. Electronic Version of the Newsletter.
    This newsletter is being sent by e-mail only to all members with an e-mail address. This is a cost saving move. Those members who do not have an e-mail address, and those for which we receive a notice that e-mail delivery failed, will receive a copy of the newsletter by mail. If you know somebody that hasn't received a copy of this newsletter that should have, please let Jacoby Carter know, and he will get them a copy as soon as possible.

  11. Other News
  12. For those interested in the natural history of the Indian subcontinent (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and other neighboring countries) there is a subscription electronic bulletin board called, "NATHISTORY-INDIA". This bulletin board contains information about happenings, crises, news events, information requests, etc. It is a must list to be on if you are working on the Indian subcontinent. To subscribe send a request to vivek@EE.Princeton.EDU and he will sign you up.

  13. Contact Information for the AES

    Weixin Cheng
    Chair, The Asian Ecology Section of ESA
    Department of Biological Sciences
    508 Life Sciences Building
    Louisiana State University
    Baton Rouge, LA 70803
    phone: 225-388-1743; fax: 225-388-2597;

    Jacoby Carter
    Secretary, The Asian Ecology Section of ESA
    USGS National Wetlands Research Center
    700 Cajundome Boulevard
    Lafayette, LA, 70506
    phone: 318-266-8620/ fax: 318-266-8592/

    Jianguo Wu
    Chair-Elect, The Asian Ecology Section of ESA
    Department of Life Sciences,
    Arizona State University-West,
    Phoenix, AZ 85069-7100, USA,
    phone: 602- 543-6131/ fax: 602-543-6073

    Xinyuan (Ben) Wu
    Past Chair, The Asian Ecology Section of ESA
    Department of Rangeland Ecology and Management,
    Texas A&M University,
    College Station, TX 77843,
    phone: (409) 845-7334/ fax: (409) 845-6430

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