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newFor 2017 you will receive FREE online access to all ESA Journals.  Members will continue to receive copies of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment in print and online format.  You will be able to select from two ‘New’ sections that includes; the Black Ecologist Section and Inclusive Ecology.   You can also select the option to automatically renew your membership for the next year.

» For instructions on how to join ESA or renew your membership, visit Join/Renew.

The Ecological Society of America is the country's primary professional organization of ecologists, representing 10,000 scientists in the United States and around the world.

Since its founding in 1915, ESA has diligently pursued the promotion of the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems through ESA reports, journals, research, and expert testimony to Congress.

ESA offers a professional Certification Program for ecologists and maintains a Directory of Certified Ecologists.

Membership Benefits include:

  • Member-only subscriptions to the Society's well respected and highly cited scientific journals – EcologyEcological Applications, and Ecological Monographs – which provide the latest peer-reviewed research worldwide.
  • Substantial cost savings on registration for the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting that draws more than 3,000 professional ecologists from around the world.
  • Complimentary print and online subscription to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a world-class journal of interdisciplinary science for scientists, researchers, resource managers, policy-makers and educators.
  • Complimentary access to all its journals through the ESA membership services site.
  • Networking opportunities and contacts with 10,000 professional ecologists worldwide through the online ESA Membership DirectorySection and Chapter activities, and through the Annual Meeting and other conferences.
  • Significantly lower application fees for those applying for ESA professional certification.
  • Member-only subscription to the ESA JSTOR Electronic Archive, which includes back issues of all ESA titles published prior to 1997, plus back issues of British Ecological Society journals.
  • Representation in the policy arena: ESA ensures that ecological science informs national policy decisions and works to garner federal support for ecological research.  ESA also works with national and international media to convey ecological research results to the general public.
  • Opportunity to join any of the Society’s five regional chapters or thirty-two subject-based sections.
  • Discounted subscription rates to Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, published by the American Society of Agronomy. (Contact Rebecca Polk at to subscribe.)
  • ESA Members can receive a special $5.00 discount on subscriptions to Solutions, a nonprofit online and print publication. Go to and enter the code ESA2010 at checkout.