David Lodge begins term as ESA president for 2016-2017
Sep26

David Lodge begins term as ESA president for 2016-2017

David Lodge, Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University, became President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) on August 12, 2016. As President, Lodge now chairs ESA’s governing board, which establishes the Society’s vision, goals and objectives. “The need is greater than ever for rigorous scientific information about the dependence of humans on nature, and how we can continue to meet our needs now while protecting the natural capital necessary to provide ecosystem goods and services for future generations. The Ecological Society of America will continue to be the source for such information—from discoveries of how nature works to the application of those discoveries for the benefit of all. I am honored and humbled to serve ESA as president,” Lodge said. Lodge brings a background of collaboration with economists, historians, theologians and philosophers, and he has partnered with such organizations as The Nature Conservancy to bring his scientific work into public policy. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, served on national and international policy boards, and recently completed a year as a senior science adviser to the U.S. Department of State. In 2013, he was appointed to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board. A renowned expert on invasive species, Lodge’s research focuses on freshwater ecology; invasive species biology and bioeconomics; ecological risk analysis; global changes and biodiversity; and environmental ethics and policy. He has published over 200 scientific papers and edited two books....

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Remembering Orie Loucks: teacher, mentor, and plant ecologist
Sep15

Remembering Orie Loucks: teacher, mentor, and plant ecologist

Orie Loucks, Chair of Ecosystems Studies for the State of Ohio Miami University, conducting a field trip in Rock Creek.

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ESA donates $12,000 in environmental offsets to Florida’s Archbold Biological Station
Aug11

ESA donates $12,000 in environmental offsets to Florida’s Archbold Biological Station

To offset the environmental cost of bringing ecologists to the 101th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL., ESA is contributing $5 for each person attending to support a biodiversity hotspot in the region When over 2,400 individuals from across the United States and around the globe convene for a scientific conference such as the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida it takes an environmental toll: the energy required to power the planes, trains and automobiles people use to travel to and from the meeting. The hotels and convention center that were built to provide the facilities needed to host thousands of people ate-up habitat and displaced wildlife. As one way to offset these environmental costs, ESA contributes $5 for each meeting registrant, which the Society then donates to a local project or organization in the city in which it meets. For this year’s Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, ESA will donate $12,000 to the Archbold Biological Station based on the recommendation of the meeting’s local host, Brian Benscoter, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences & Environmental Sciences Program, Florida Atlantic University. Located on an ancient scrub ridge in the headwaters of the Everglades, Archbold Biological Station lies at the core of an expanding swath of conservation lands and waters in south-central Florida. Famed aviator and explorer, Richard Archbold, founded the Station in 1941, establishing a tradition of long-term ecological research, conservation, and education. Archbold owns and manages ~20,000-acres including the Station, the Archbold Reserve, and MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center. It is celebrated as one of the most important biodiversity hot spots in North America—a home to plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. These lands, together with dozens of regional study sites, form a unique natural research laboratory. Thousands of scientists, students, schoolchildren, and members of the public visit Archbold every year. Red Hill Restoration at Archbold Biological Station from Archbold Biological Station on Vimeo. Archbold’s research and land management activities have increased the chance of survival for more than 40 of Florida’s rarest plants and animals by protecting and restoring habitat, and enhancing management. Along with other partners, Archbold has been a leading force in the protection of more than 100,000 acres of endangered Florida scrub and sandhill habitat along the ancient Lake Wales Ridge in central Florida. Archbold has also been a leader in managing these upland habitats using prescribed fire, with hundreds of burns accomplished in the past four decades. Operating one of Florida’s’ largest working cattle ranches, Archbold’s agro-ecology program has guided conservation and enhanced management on hundreds of thousands of acres of private cattle ranches, helping protect the vast open landscapes of...

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ESA Policy News Update, July 13, 2016
Jul13

ESA Policy News Update, July 13, 2016

Appropriations and Energy: Congressional calendar may stall spending bills and energy reform Recess schedules and “poison pills” may compel a continuing resolution to keep government open.  Adaptation: Army Corps proposes “living shorelines” for coastline protection “Soft armor” protections proposed for nationwide permitting, as “hard armor” currently are. International Agreement: US, Mexico, Canada agree to greening power and petroleum sectors at “Three Amigos Summit” June 29 summit establishes “North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership.” FOIA: Private emails ruled subject to FOIA requests Appeals court rejects government argument that external private emails are outside FOIA. Land Management: Deputy Assistant Secretary Lyons defends BLM planning overhaul Lyons and Rep. Gohmert tangle resource management planning overhaul, public hearings. Current Policy: Hill Correspondence ESA, coordinating with other organizations and coalitions, send letters to Congress on USGS and NSF funding. Federal Register Opportunities      Sources: Department of Education, House Science, Space and Technology Committee, the White House, Energy and Environment Daily, E&E News PM, ClimateWire, Greenwire, the Hill   Appropriations and EnergyCongressional calendar stall spending bills and energy reform  A continuing resolution (CR) appears increasingly likely as congressional leaders are skeptical of progress on required spending bills and energy reform legislation before its scheduled summer recess. Only three of twelve spending bills have passed both the House and Senate. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) encourages a short CR to allow more time to move spending bills, right up to the September 30 deadline. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) refuses to publicly discuss a CR. On Tuesday, July 12, the House of Representatives began final consideration of  H.R.5538, the Interior-EPA appropriations bill. Consideration of the bill was guided by a  structured rule, approved as H. Res 820,  providing one hour for general debate and consideration of 131 amendments and en bloc consideration of amendments not previously offered. Yesterday, the House plowed through 75  amendments in a ten-hour session using voice votes. They plan on completing the measure later today and taking recorded votes. “Poison pill” amendments such as one that would block the Clean Power Plan, which would regulate carbon pollution from new and existing electric power plants for the first time, prompted President Obama to issue a Statement of Policy that says he will veto the bill in its present form. After stalling for weeks, the Senate voted yesterday (84-3) to begin conference negotiations with the House on energy reform legislation. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) met with ranking member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to discuss plans for moving the Senate-passed bill to conference. The  House-passed bill includes provisions that Senate Democrats and environmental groups argue would alter protections under the...

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ESA Policy News: June 29, 2016
Jun29

ESA Policy News: June 29, 2016

“ESA in a partnership with 30 leading nonpartisan scientific societies reaffirmed the reality of human-caused climate change…”

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