Will ESA’s News and Views Blog change the way that academics publish their ideas?

ESA’s News and Views Blog is something that is long overdue. Its mission to engage students is especially valuable. For academics in particular, however, the ESA Blog presents some intriguing and important implications and consequences for the process of publication. I would like to encourage some discussion of this. My view is that the ESA Blog has the capacity to become an important domain for peer-reviewed, citable...

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Proud to be ecologists (and students)

When we were introduced to the concept of this ESA blog, we were asked to write about what makes us proud to be ecologists. That got us to thinking, why are we ecologists? Why do we put in the long hours in the field, in the lab, and at the computer? We have entered a field where we have very little chance of ever earning a lot of money. But of course, work is not all about money. And if you’re an ecologist, you have no doubt...

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Ecology and Global Democracy

Right now, a constitution is being written for the globe. In it, humans are defining what democracy means for the Earth and all of its inhabitants. In this essay, I want to explore some of the reasons why I think science is deeply relevant to the project of writing a global constitution. The emerging global constitution is not being written as the United States Constitution was, by a group of men sitting around a table. Rather, it is...

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Environmental guarantees: A new ecological and political model for Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country of an important ecological and human diversity due to its location and biophysical characteristics. The country has 5% of the world’s species in a geographical territory of 51,100 square kilometers (km), 0.1% of the earth’s surface, and a marine territory of 500,000 square km. In the last thirty years significant changes have occurred in the judicial, administrative and social systems to protect the...

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A vision for a new New Orleans

A new vision for New Orleans and the Mississippi delta: applying ecological economics and ecological engineering. Robert Costanza, William J. Mitsch, and John W. Day, Jr . Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, November 2006 Katrina was a predictable major disaster. More than a year after the fact, New Orleans is still struggling. But the situation also represents a major opportunity to think differently about what urban areas can...

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