Call for nominations: ESA2014 Opening Plenary speaker
Nov13

Call for nominations: ESA2014 Opening Plenary speaker

Do you have ideas for next year’s 2014 Ecological Society of America Opening Plenary? If you’ve been to an ESA meeting, you probably know that it officially kicks  off with the Opening Plenary on Sunday evening. We’ve had  some great Opening Plenary speakers over the years including Jane Lubchenco, David Suzuki, Don Kennedy, Sandra Postel, Cristian Samper and many others who inspired us and set the tone for the...

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President issues executive order to prepare for impacts of climate change
Nov04

President issues executive order to prepare for impacts of climate change

Special issue of ESA Frontiers assesses the impacts of climate change on people and ecosystems By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Last Friday (Nov. 1), President Obama marked the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy with an executive order “preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change.” The order lays out expectations for the federal agencies under the President’s Climate Action Plan, from the Department of...

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Sea otter voyeurs! a window on a Monterey Bay coastal research preserve
Oct25

Sea otter voyeurs! a window on a Monterey Bay coastal research preserve

Otter-cam peers into protected Elkhorn Slough The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is perhaps the most charismatic of megafauna. It holds hands with its fellows as it backfloats on the waves, paddling idly with a foot, and tows its babies around in an almost cartoonishly adorable furry embrace. It uses tools to crack the open its shellfish meals and tumbles like a circus contortionist in relentless pursuit of clean (prerequisite of warm)...

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ESA donates $16,615 in carbon offsets to Minnesota re-forestation project
Oct04

ESA donates $16,615 in carbon offsets to Minnesota re-forestation project

by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer Two years ago, Lee Frelich was sitting in a committee meeting when the idea came to him: the Ecological Society should plant a forest. Frelich, the director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology, served as the local host for this year’s (2013) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Two years ago he was already embedded in meetings of the Meetings Committee, learning...

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How are we doing in U.S. STEM education? A timeline.
Oct01

How are we doing in U.S. STEM education? A timeline.

What level of education do US S&E workers have? How well do 8th graders score in math and science? How often do parents help their kids with homework? All this and more in a new data collection from the National Science Board. The U.S. National Science Board (NSB) released a synopsis of data and trends for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education last week. The graphical tool organizes summary charts and...

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