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ESA invites press and institutional public information officers to attend our Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 4 – 9.

To register, please contact ESA Communications Officer Liza Lester at To register on site, please come to the press office, room 204B, on the second floor of the convention center.

We waive registration fees for reporters with a recognized press card and for current members of the National Association of Science Writers, the Canadian Science Writers Association, the International Science Writers Association and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

We waive registration fees for press officers. If you cannot attend but would like to promote presenters from your institution, we are happy to distribute your press releases in the meeting Press Room.  Press officers may request copies of all abstracts related to their institution. Contact Liza Lester.

We do not waive registration fees for editors of peer-reviewed journals, ad sales representatives, publishers, program officers or marketing professionals.

Meeting abstracts are not embargoed.

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Timber Rattler Kabay

Rattlesnakes and ticks, competition and cannibalistic salamanders, and beneficial, predatory, parasitic Fungi

Presentations on species interactions figure large at ESA’s 2013 annual meeting

Dairy Farm near Poesta, IA, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Ecology in Agricultural Landscapes: seeking solutions for food, water, wildlife

Agriculture alters the landscape more than any other human activity, with trickle-down effects on water, soil, climate, plant and wildlife diversity, wildfire, and human health. Crop and rangeland occupies nearly 40 percent of earth’s ice-free land, and mountains and deserts make much of the remaining surface unwelcoming to agriculture. Multiple sessions will examine routes to improved soil, water, and nutrient retention, and opportunities to increase biodiversity alongside food production.

Ellen Anderson photo
ESA established its Regional Policy Award in 2008 to recognize an elected or appointed local policymaker who has integrated environmental science into policy initiatives that foster more sustainable communities. 
An adult deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) sits on a leaf. USDA photo by Scott Bauer.

Dynamic interplay of ecology, infectious disease, and human life

Spillover of infectious wildlife diseases to domestic animals and people and the link between environmental processes and human health.

A topographic map shows the range of tree productivity from low to high biomass production (blue to red, respectively) for Betula lenta (sweet birch). Image courtesy of Jitendra Kumar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Increasingly, trees are placed at risk by climate change, which spurs heat waves, droughts, fires and infestations. Plants cannot easily adapt to quickly changing conditions or migrate as habitable lands shrink owing to expansion of cities and croplands…
Oak Ridge National Lab
A focus on scaling based on process understanding and geomorphological units will allow researchers to deliver a process-rich ecosystem model, extending from bedrock to the top of the vegetative canopy, in which the evolution of Arctic ecosystems in a changing climate can be modeled at the scale of a high-resolution Earth System Model grid cell (i.e., 30x30 km grid size). Image credit: NGEE Arctic

New Algorithm Enables Unprecedented Sampling, Modeling of Arctic

The Arctic is a big, cold, and desolate place. Not to mention that much of it is fairly inaccessible. For these reasons, conducting meaningful on-the-ground research there is a tricky business…

Oak Ridge National Lab

Polygon formations in Alaska provide researchers with a unique natural laboratory with which to study the Arctic and, byextension, the Earth's climate. Image credit: NGEE-Arctic project.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Researchers of Plants, Roots, and Soil Shed Light on Arctic Ecosystem

Despite the enormity of climate research in the past couple of decades, one area in particular still poses major questions. The Arctic is a vast, complex ecosystem that covers a large portion of the Earth’s surface and plays a critical role in global climate processes. Yet we know remarkably little about it, particularly its plants…

Oak Ridge National Lab

A map of total forest changes near Newport, Tennessee, from 2000 to 2011 shows red regions that experienced vegetation removal (due to fire or logging), blue areas of regrowth, and green zones that are a mixture of both. Darker areas experienced more aggregate change than lighter areas, such as the Cherokee National Forest to the southeast and Douglas Lake to the west. Image credit: Joe Hughes

Scientists Classify Forest Disturbances to Grow Understanding of Climate Change

Fire, logging, insects and extreme weather can wreak havoc on forests. Climate modeler Daniel Hayes and University of T ecologist Joseph Hughes map eastern U.S. forests to characterize changes…

Oak Ridge National Lab
Exposure to mucus from herbivorous snails prompted seedlings to become less appealing to hungry snails.  Photo: Sarah Swanson/UW-Madison

Eavesdropping plants prepare to be attacked

In a world full of hungry predators, prey animals must be constantly vigilant to avoid getting eaten. But plants face a particular challenge when it comes to defending themselves…

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Umn's Jon Foley is the opening plenary speaker

U of M experts to speak at Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting

A selection of University of Minnesota experts who are speaking at the meeting and can offer applicable insights — Institute on the Environment Director Jon Foley will deliver the opening plenary.

University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment


Graduate student Kevin P.W. Smith has the study of neonate snakes wrapped around his finger.

Why can’t the snakes cross the road, secret lives of baby snakes and other New Jersey Pineland snake science

Why can’t the pine snakes cross the road? Hint: New Jersey traffic might have something to do with it. Drexel students will bring to light these and other findings about the plight, perils and peculiarities  of the Northern Pine Snake in several presentations and posters.

Drexel University