Onja Razafindratsima, a graduate student at Rice University, observes a lemur in a Madagascar rainforest. Razafindratsima led a three-year study to explore the relationship between lemurs and trees. Lemurs eat the fruit and spread its seeds far from the parent tree. Credit, Onja Razafindratsima/Rice University. When polar bears meet glaucous gulls over the remains of a bowhead whale, they may be sharing more than a meal. As the warming climate brings animals into new proximity, parasites, viruses, and bacteria can find opportunities to spread to new and naïve hosts, sometimes jumping from birds to mammals, and from marine ecosystems to land ecosystems. Credit, USGS. Hon. Bart Gordon of Tennessee speaks to legislative staffers about climate engineering on Dec. 4, 2014.
Onja Razafindratsima/ Rice University USGS Liza Lester/ESA

New from ESA

If you direct a biological infrastructure project (such as a digital data resource, museum or living stocks collection, field station, or marine laboratory) you may be a perfect candidate to attend our training course: Sustaining Biological Infrastructure (SBI): Strategies for Success.  Applications to attend the June 2015 course in the Washington DC area are being accepted until February 6.  Visit the SBI website for more details!

Journals and Publications

Frontiers December 14

Arctic temperatures are rising at twice the global average and this has implications for the spread of infectious diseases in the region. In the December issue of Frontiers, Van Hemert et al. discuss the increasing threats to Arctic wildlife (including passerines) from vector-borne pathogens.


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Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting:
ESA’s Centennial Celebration

ESA’s 100th Annual Meeting will be held August 9-14, 2015. Join us in beautiful downtown Baltimore to celebrate ESA’s first century and usher in the next. www.esa.org/baltimore