Celebrating Earth Day in 2014
Apr22

Celebrating Earth Day in 2014

What does Earth Day mean in 2014? “At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters.” ~ Gaylord Nelson The media loved the story. In 1969, when Senator Gaylord Nelson...

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ESA’s 2nd annual Science Cafe Prize — take your science out of the box
Apr15

ESA’s 2nd annual Science Cafe Prize — take your science out of the box

Have a science story you want to tell? Send in your pitch for our public pub talk at the Ecological Society’s 99th Annual Meeting this summer   Apply here Contest deadline: Friday, 30 May 2014   At this year’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, ESA is partnering with Professor of Chemistry Jared Shaw and the UC Davis Science Café series to present an informal public lecture (a “Science Café”) at de...

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Yellowstone wolves take a blow to their rep
Mar11

Yellowstone wolves take a blow to their rep

A well-publicized depiction of wolves revitalizing Yellowstone’s ecosystem is a myth, said writers for the NY Times‘ op-ed page and a Nature news feature last week. This is the story: For thousands of years, wolves shaped the ecology of Yellowstone. That changed in the twentieth century, when people succeeded in eradicating a competitor and perceived threat from the lower 48. In the predators’ absence, elk and deer overran the...

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Ecologists wanted for the international panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES)
Feb13

Ecologists wanted for the international panel on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES)

Call for nominations for IPBES expert groups DEADLINE: February 21, 2014 Would you like to be a member of a platform to improve the role of science in international policy decisions? The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES; www.ipbes.net) is a global program intended to strengthen the role of science in decision-making related to the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and...

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Ecological Applications mandates data sharing
Feb07

Ecological Applications mandates data sharing

From 2014 onward, the editors of ESA’s journal Ecological Applications will require authors to make their data publicly available. Authors must deposit data that they discuss in the results of their research reports in a permanent, publicly accessible data archive or repository before publication of the manuscript. ESA recognizes the need to protect the privacy of human subjects and the locations of rare, threatened, or endangered...

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Nature, truth & reconcilliation
Jan21

Nature, truth & reconcilliation

Ecologist Madhu Katti contemplates Mandela’s legacy today on  KVPR 89.3fm in Fresno California. “Can we expand Mandela’s vision of reconciliation to our own planet, to offer ourselves a shot at redemption from Nature, just as he offered his oppressors? Unlike him, Nature is amoral and lacks conscience. It is up to us, therefore, to recognize the consequences of our actions, admit our culpability, indeed our own guilt, in...

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