A lovely Augochlora pura extends part of its hinged tongue. A. pura is a member of the relatively short-tongued Halictidae family, uprettily known as the sweat bees. The small, solitary bee is one of the most common bees of forests and forest edges in the eastern United States, and a promiscuous attendant to many flower species. Collected by Phillip Moore in Polk County, Tennessee. Photograph by Phillip Moore. Photo courtesy of the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

Prolific traveler. The red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) has journied from it’s native lands on the North American Gulf Coast and Florida’s panhandle to colonize warm fresh waters around the world — often at the expense of local crustaceans and amphibians. Credit, National Park Service. Cropped for size.

Whale pump. Huge blue whales plunge to 500 feet or deeper and feed on tiny krill. Then they return to the surface—and poop. This ‘whale pump’ provides many nutrients, in the form of feces, to support plankton growth. It’s one of many examples of how whales maintain the health of oceans described in a new scientific paper by the University of Vermont’s Joe Roman and nine other whale biologists from around the globe. Caption by Joshua Brown. Image credit, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Phillip Moore/USGS National Park Service ESA Frontiers

New from ESA

The Early Career Ecologist Section, ESA’s newest section, is dedicated to supporting this sizeable demographic of the Society in the transitional period of their professional development (i.e. from student through the first few years of permanent full-time employment).  Topics of interest include the job search process, tenure and promotion, securing research funding, course development, fulfilling service responsibilities, and work-life balance, among many others. Membership is open to all and activities are aimed toward all ecologists who self-identify as “early career” regardless of their career trajectory.  Titles may include, but are not limited to, postdoctoral researchers, assistant professors, lecturers/instructors, adjunct faculty members, and employees of government, non-profit, advocacy, university, and industrial entities.

Questions and comments can be directed to Daniel Scholes, Chair, at earlycareer@esa.org or via Twitter @esa_earlycareer

Journals and Publications

Frontiers August 14

Ecological studies of man-made light pollution have mostly focused on terrestrial ecosystems, largely ignoring the world’s oceans. In the August issue of Frontiers, Davies et al. review the potential effects of artificial lighting on marine species, and identify areas where more research is needed.

Central Photo Credit: W Cho
Outer Photo credit: Earth Observation Group/NOAA


Journals Bulletin EcoTrack

Annual Meeting


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Annual Meeting 2015
The 100th Annual Meeting will be held August 9-14, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. The theme for the meeting is “Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial.”