Farewell to a field biologist

Last weekend our community lost a great friend, Jon A. Stravers, Jr.While traveling from his home in Idaho to visit family in Iowa, Jon and his young son, Jonah, died in a collision with a drunk driver in northeastern Colorado. Jon was a widely known and loved individual. For nearly twenty years, he worked as a traveling field biologist and environmental educator across the western United States. Many of us will remember Jon as an...

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Student Educational Outreach Initiative

I sit here finally home after a very long summer of incredible experiences. One of the most amazing experiences was coordinating and participating in the first ever Educational Outreach field trip at the ESA Annual Meeting. The field trip was composed not only of ESA members but also high school students and teachers from the San Jose local community. This amazing student initiative was put forth by an incredible group of SEEDS...

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A SEEDS alum looks back from San Jose and forward to Milwaukee

My experience at this year’s ESA Annual meeting was unforgettable. Returning as a graduate school student and SEEDS Alumni Mentor, I not only had the chance to connect with old and new participants of the SEEDS program, but I also had the opportunity to grow professionally and gain insight on atypical ecological careers paths – several of which I am actually considering. Of all these great experiences, though, the most...

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Science and Families

To all ecologists with families:You are invited to join a mailing list/discussion group on Yahoo entitled Science and Families which can be accessed using this link:http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/scienceandfamilies/ How did this arise and what am I talking about? At the recent ESA meeting in San Jose, I was asked to represent young, up and coming ecologists on a panel at the plenary luncheon on the last day. All panelists were...

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SEEDS field trip to Santa Barbara

ESA’s SEEDS program is pleased to announce a fall field trip to the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, October 25-28, 2007. Undergraduate students with a sincere interest in promoting the SEEDS mission – to diversify and advance the field of ecology – are eligible to apply. Applications can be found on http://esa.org/seeds/fieldtrips/upcoming.php. Don’t miss this opportunity to...

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A new tool for our communication problem – the Earth Portal

The poor understanding of science by the public and key policymakers has been regular complaint of scientists for a very long time. It seems to become a ever bigger item at gatherings of every scientific society. Each society endeavors to create vehicles for communicating the most important knowledge of its members to the general public through brochures, reports, web sites, etc. And yet, as we all know, nothing seems to get much...

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