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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.
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New from ESA

New ESA/ESC joint journal now ready for submissions

Ecosystem Health and Sustainability (EHS), a new journal to be published jointly by the Ecological Society of America and the  Ecological Society of China is now ready to accept submissions. If your research interest is macro-ecology and sustainability science, please visit the EHS website (www.ecohealthsustain.org) for instructions to authors and other information and then upload  via EHS’s EcoTrack submission system (ehs.esapubs.org). Be among the first to publish in this exciting new online open-access international publication. Launch date: January 2015.

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

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Annual Meeting

logoThe 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.”

The Ecological Society of America currently stands at a boundary between 100 successful years for the Society and an uncharted future for the planet.  The Centennial meeting will support both retrospective and prospective sessions – looking back at the history of the field of ecology as well as forward into its future.