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

Number Title Authors Published Languages & Versions Related Resources
Issue #20 Species Recovery in the United States:
Increasing the Effectiveness of the
Endangered Species Act
Daniel M. Evans et al. Winter 2016 English
Issue #19 Investing in Citizen Science Can Improve Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection Duncan C. McKinley et al. Fall 2015 English
Issue #18 Climate Change and U.S. Natural Resources: Advancing the Nation's Capability to Adapt Susan Julius et al. Fall 2013 English, Spanish
Issue #17 Ecological Dimensions of Biofuels Clifford S. Duke et al. Spring 2013 English Biofuels reports
Issue #16 The Role of Landscape Connectivity in Planning and Implementing Conservation Priorities Deborah Rudnick et al. Fall 2012 English
Issue #15 Reactive Nitrogen in the Environment Eric Davidson et al. Winter 2012 English, Spanish
Issue #14 Setting Limits: Using Air Pollution Thresholds to Protect and Restore US Ecosystems Mark Fenn et al. Fall 2011 English
Issue #13 A Synthesis of the Science on Forests and Carbon for U.S. Forests Michael Ryan et al. Spring 2010 English, Spanish Teaching resource (Ecoed Digital Library)
Issue #12 Impacts of Atmospheric Pollution on Aquatic Ecosystems Deborah Swackhamer et al. Summer 2004 English, Spanish
Issue #11 The Role of Nearshore Ecosystems as Fish and Shellfish Nurseries Michael Beck et al. Spring 2003 English
Issue #10 Sustaining Healthy Freshwater Ecosystems Jill Baron et al. Winter 2003 English, Spanish
Issue #9 Water in a Changing World Robert Jackson et al. Spring 2001 English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew
Issue #8 Effects of Aquaculture on World Fish Supplies Rosamond Naylor et al. Winter 2001 English
Issue #7 Nutrient Pollution of Coastal Rivers, Bays, and Seas * Robert Howarth et al. Fall 2000 English
Issue #6 Applying Ecological Principles to Management of the US National Forests John Aber et al. Spring 2000 English, Chinese
Issue #5 Biotic Invasions: Causes, Epidemiology, Global Consequences, and Control Richard Mack et al. Spring 2000 English, Spanish, Hebrew
Issue #4 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Maintaining Natural Life Support Processes HR Shahid Naeem et al. Fall 1999 English, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew
Issue #3 Nonpoint Pollution of Surface Waters with Phosphorus and Nitrogen Stephen Carpenter et al. Summer 1998 English, Spanish
Issue #2 Ecosystem Services: Benefits Supplied to Human Societies by Natural Ecosystems HR Gretchen Daily et al. Spring 1997 English, Spanish, Hebrew
Issue #1 Human Alteration of the Global Nitrogen Cycle: Causes and Consequences Peter Vitousek et al. Spring 1997 English, 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.