Science Office staff directly develop or collaborate on a variety of publications and tools that further ecological science, education, and management. Examples include web sites, educational toolkits, conference publications, special issues or features in ESA journals, and Issues in Ecology, which summarize major environmental issues in language accessible to nonscientists.
Additional information is provided below.
NBII Pollinators Node
“In collaboration with the former National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), the Science Office worked to develop a Pollinators web site encompassing a wide range of information on pollinators and organized in a centralized location. The site included text and links to other sites that housed image galleries, identification guides, datasets, fact sheets, species profiles, and monitoring protocols. This project ended with the termination of NBII in January 2012.”
The Issues in Ecology series is designed to report, in language understandable by nonscientists, the consensus of a panel of scientific experts on issues relevant to the environment. They are published at irregular intervals as reports are completed. Seven of the twelve Issues have been translated into Spanish and three have been translated into Chinese.
All versions are can be downloaded from the website. Science staff coordinate the preparation, design, and publication of this series. For further information, contact Science Programs Coordinator Jennifer Riem (email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 202-833-8773 x 218).
Fact sheets explain ecological issues, define terms and concepts, and provide references for additional information.
The goal of this project, conducted in collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists, is to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of ecosystem services. We have developed a series of toolkits for scientists and other professionals to use in addressing local media, community groups, state legislators or other audiences. The toolkits provide background information on specific ecosystem services, as well as general tips and suggestions for developing presentations or writing articles for a non-scientific audience.
Workshop on Agricultural Air Quality: State of the Science Proceedings (2006)
The proceedings volume includes the extended abstracts or short papers from the nearly 90 oral and 200 poster presentations.
Under a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Science Office oversaw the development of a revised National Plan for Marine Biotoxins and Harmful Algae, first issued in 1993. Office staff helped organize and participated in a 2004 workshop of 50 U.S. HAB experts, which reviewed progress made in the last decade toward achieving the goals of the 1993 plan and set the stage for issuing the revised plan; served on the Steering Committee which guided the project; and designed and published the completed plan, HARRNESS: Harmful Algal Research and Response A National Environmental Science Strategy 2005—2015. The HARRNESS report provided the consensus of the U.S. science and management communities on impediments to harmful algae research and presented a framework for initiatives over the next decade to promote effective management of fisheries, protected species, coastal resources, and public health on issues involving harmful algal blooms.
Regional Climate Change Reports
In collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Science Office prepared a series of reports on the regional ecological impacts of climate change. Electronic (PDF) versions of these reports are available for free; to purchase paper copies, please visit ESA’s e-Store.
- Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region: Impact on Our Communities and Ecosystems (pdf -8,588 kb), April, 2003. (Download Errata Sheet)
- Confronting Climate Change in the Gulf Coast Region: Prospects for Sustaining Our Ecological Heritage (pdf-3834 kb), October, 2001. (The report and additional technical background information are also available at www.ucsusa.org/gulf/ .)
- Confronting Climate Change in California: Ecological Impacts on the Golden State (pdf-2848 kb) November, 1999. (The report and additional technical background information are also available at www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science/confronting-climate-change-in-california.html.)
Proceedings: Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management (2003)
Carla D’Antonio and Nelroy E. Jackson. Weed Technology, Vol. 18, Invasive Weed Symposium (2004), pp. 1180-1181 (article consists of 2 pages). Published by: Weed Science Society of America and Allen Press.
Conversations on Ecosystem Management:
- NEPA and Ecosystem Management, 1996
- Small Businesses and Ecosystem Management, May 1996
- Incorporating Local Values into Ecosystem Management, October 1995