USA needs a sustained national ecosystem assessment
Nov18

USA needs a sustained national ecosystem assessment

By Cliff Duke, ESA’s director of Science Programs Americans are deeply divided about the proper uses of federal and private lands and the goods and services they supply us. Recent events, including the acquittal of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, protests of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, and the potential reopening of debates about the Keystone XL Pipeline, illustrate these value differences. Scientists...

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Call for public input on Northwest Forest Plan Science Synthesis
Nov11

Call for public input on Northwest Forest Plan Science Synthesis

The U.S. Forest Service is revising the policies and guidelines governing the management of federal forests in the Pacific Northwest. Two decades of ecological research and monitoring data have accumulated since the adoption of the Northwest Forest Plan in 1994. To inform revisions, the Pacific Northwest (which includes Oregon and Washington) and Pacific Southwest (which includes California) Research Stations instigated a review of...

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Bringing data-rich experiences to undergraduate classrooms – ESA Education Scholars pave the way
Sep30

Bringing data-rich experiences to undergraduate classrooms – ESA Education Scholars pave the way

A guest post by Teresa Mourad, ESA  Director or Education and Diversity Programs with help from Arietta Fleming-Davies of QUBES and Radford University. Gaby Hamerlinck and Kristin Jenkins from QUBES and BioQuest, and Sam Donovan from QUBES and the University of Pittsburgh collaborated on this project. As computational power has expanded and cloud-based analytical tools become more accessible, the science of biology has become more...

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Weigh in on NSF’s next strategic plan
Sep06

Weigh in on NSF’s next strategic plan

By Elise Lipkowitz, Science Policy Analyst for the National Science Board Office   It’s time again for the National Science Foundation (NSF, Foundation) to revise its Strategic Plan.   As part of this process, the Foundation is looking for feedback from the science community on NSF’s current strategic plan (FY 2014-2018) and input on possible future strategic goals for the agency. If you have suggestions, please submit your...

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In a race for Cheetos, magpies win, but crows steal
Aug12

In a race for Cheetos, magpies win, but crows steal

Black-billed magpies and American crows, both members of the clever corvid family of birds, have adapted comfortably to life in urban and suburban communities. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the two species often nest nearby each other in backyards and parks. Nesting near their much larger crow cousins affords magpies a margin of extra safety from a common enemy—ravens, an even larger corvid species. Magpie explores a Cheeto puzzle from...

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