Issues in Ecology

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Issues in Ecology is an official publication of the Ecological Society of America, the largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. Founded in 1915, ESA seeks to promote the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems. Issues in Ecology uses commonly-understood language to report the consensus of a panel of scientific experts on issues related to the environment. The audience for Issues in Ecology includes decision-makers at all levels for whom an objective presentation of the underlying science will increase the occurrence of ecologically-informed decisions. Issues in Ecology aims to build public understanding of the importance of the products and services provided by the environment to society. Recommended policy or management actions are not necessary, but may be included in Issues. The text for every Issues in Ecology is reviewed for technical content by external expert reviewers. While each Issue will stand alone, ESA will also consider publishing up to four Issues under one theme to address different aspects of broad ecological issues, such as the carbon cycle, ecology and agriculture, or causes or effects of climate change. Serita Frey is the Editor-in-Chief for this series.

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List of Available Issues

NumberTitleAuthorsPublishedLanguages & VersionsRelated Resources
Issue #20Species Recovery in the United States:
Increasing the Effectiveness of the
Endangered Species Act
Daniel M. Evans et al.Winter 2016English
Issue #19Investing in Citizen Science Can Improve Natural Resource Management and Environmental ProtectionDuncan C. McKinley et al.Fall 2015English
Issue #18Climate Change and U.S. Natural Resources: Advancing the Nation's Capability to AdaptSusan Julius et al.Fall 2013English, Spanish
Issue #17Ecological Dimensions of BiofuelsClifford S. Duke et al.Spring 2013EnglishBiofuels reports
Issue #16The Role of Landscape Connectivity in Planning and Implementing Conservation PrioritiesDeborah Rudnick et al.Fall 2012English
Issue #15Reactive Nitrogen in the EnvironmentEric Davidson et al.Winter 2012English, Spanish
Issue #14Setting Limits: Using Air Pollution Thresholds to Protect and Restore US EcosystemsMark Fenn et al.Fall 2011English
Issue #13A Synthesis of the Science on Forests and Carbon for U.S. ForestsMichael Ryan et al.Spring 2010English, SpanishTeaching resource (Ecoed Digital Library)
Issue #12Impacts of Atmospheric Pollution on Aquatic EcosystemsDeborah Swackhamer et al.Summer 2004English, Spanish
Issue #11The Role of Nearshore Ecosystems as Fish and Shellfish NurseriesMichael Beck et al.Spring 2003English
Issue #10Sustaining Healthy Freshwater EcosystemsJill Baron et al.Winter 2003English, Spanish
Issue #9Water in a Changing WorldRobert Jackson et al.Spring 2001English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew
Issue #8Effects of Aquaculture on World Fish SuppliesRosamond Naylor et al.Winter 2001English
Issue #7Nutrient Pollution of Coastal Rivers, Bays, and Seas *Robert Howarth et al.Fall 2000English
Issue #6Applying Ecological Principles to Management of the US National ForestsJohn Aber et al.Spring 2000English, Chinese
Issue #5Biotic Invasions: Causes, Epidemiology, Global Consequences, and ControlRichard Mack et al.Spring 2000English, Spanish, Hebrew
Issue #4Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Maintaining Natural Life Support Processes HRShahid Naeem et al.Fall 1999English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew
Issue #3Nonpoint Pollution of Surface Waters with Phosphorus and NitrogenStephen Carpenter et al.Summer 1998English, Spanish
Issue #2Ecosystem Services: Benefits Supplied to Human Societies by Natural Ecosystems HRGretchen Daily et al.Spring 1997English, Spanish, Hebrew
Issue #1Human Alteration of the Global Nitrogen Cycle: Causes and ConsequencesPeter Vitousek et al.Spring 1997English, Spanish, Hebrew
HR - These Issues are provided for historical reference. In consultation with each lead author, we have determined that these Issues no longer accurately reflect the current scientific understanding of the topic. * - Some of the information in this Issue is now dated.