Bridging the public-private land divide for conservation
Jul25

Bridging the public-private land divide for conservation

Land-sharing by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer For much of the world, high-intensity industrial farming produces food with high efficiency, but puts the squeeze on other plant and animal life. Wildlife is mostly sequestered on preserves. But is this the best way to maximize food and biodiversity? Or are there other configurations that might improve mobility of wildlife and benefit other ecosystem services without cost (and...

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Call for nominations! Joan Ehrenfeld Award for Best Student Presentation in Urban Ecology
Jul18

Call for nominations! Joan Ehrenfeld Award for Best Student Presentation in Urban Ecology

At the annual Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN next month, the Urban Ecosystems Ecology (UEE) section will present its second annual student presentation award in honor of the late Dr. Joan Ehrenfeld. The award is open to both undergraduate and graduate students giving an oral presentation in the field of urban ecology at the annual meeting. Students interested in being considered for this award, should...

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Students! Nominate yourselves for the Lotka and Volterra awards for theoretical ecology at #ESA2013
Jul11

Students! Nominate yourselves for the Lotka and Volterra awards for theoretical ecology at #ESA2013

Act fast! Entry is easy, but must be done by Monday, 15 July. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student presenting your application of conceptual and graphical models, mathematical analysis, or computer simulation to ecological phenomena at this year’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, ESA’s Theoretical Ecology section invites you to compete for their 14th annual Alfred J. Lotka prize for best poster and Vito Volterra...

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In ecology news: bicentenarian rockfish, floating tuna attractors, death tangles for silky sharks
Jul05

In ecology news: bicentenarian rockfish, floating tuna attractors, death tangles for silky sharks

THIS STORY about a man and fish (a shortraker rockfish, Sebastes borealis) started as a little local news spot in the Daily Sitka Sentinel in late June – man catches record-breaking 39.08-pound rockfish! Could be 200 years old! [Update 7/8/2013 -- The Alaska Dispatch reported Friday that Alaska Fish and Game determined the fish was only 64 years old. -- Thanks to Benjamin Walther for the tip.] It suddenly blew up into a wide-release...

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In phenology, timing is everything
Jul02

In phenology, timing is everything

— a brief overview of how to study climate change through plant sex, and what to do if your greatest scientific mentor and collaborator dies half a century before you are born. Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie, a PhD candidate in ecology at Boston University, is the runner-up for this year’s Science Cafe Prize. She took a technical topic, made it personal, and bridged history in words and pictures. We liked her image so much that we...

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