What are the big ecological innovations of the last century? #ESA100
Dec03

What are the big ecological innovations of the last century? #ESA100

In December 2015, the Ecological Society of America will celebrate a big birthday: 100 years since the first group of botanists and zoologists, parasitologists, geologists, physiologists, and marine biologists gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to unite their shared interest in the relationships of the great diversity of living organisms to each other and their surroundings. To kick off our centennial year, we are holding a blog and social...

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Building resillience to extreme weather
Dec01

Building resillience to extreme weather

Between 1980 and 2004, extreme weather cost the world an estimated US$1.4 trillion and much loss of life. Climate change is expected to exacerbate flooding, drought, and other weather hazards. Population growth in regions expected to be hard hit by extreme weather will expose more people to risk. Communities can take steps to build resiliency, say scientists in a Royal Society report released Thursday, November 26, 2014. Mitigating...

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Forest dance on wires depicts a creeping fungal multitude blown back by a tornado
Nov11

Forest dance on wires depicts a creeping fungal multitude blown back by a tornado

Plant biology PhD student Uma Nagendra of the University of Georgia, Athens, wins the 2014 Dance Your PhD competion, sponsored by Science, AAAS, and HighWire Press. Floating on trapeze wires, young white pine seedlings unfurl and reach for light. But lurking in the roots of the parent tree are dangerous fungi that creep forth to strike at the young scions. The sprouts closest to the great tree falter and wilt, giving ground to other...

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David Inouye elected ESA president for the society’s 100th year
Sep23

David Inouye elected ESA president for the society’s 100th year

ESA members have elected David Inouye, a plant ecologist and professor emeritus of the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park, to lead the Society as president of the board of directors for the 2014-15 year. Inouye stepped into the post this August at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society. “I’m greatly honored to be leading the ESA as it reaches its 100th anniversary. I’ve been a member for over...

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Smithsonian’s National Zoo closes invertebrate exhibit
Jun20

Smithsonian’s National Zoo closes invertebrate exhibit

The US National Zoo stunned butterfly, cuttlefish, coral, and giant clam fans when it announced Monday, June 16, that the zoo’s Invertebrate Exhibit would close within the week.

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Let’s try to get eaten!
Jun16

Let’s try to get eaten!

Whelp, they look like they’re having fun.
Masaaki Yuasa has some thoughts to share about what makes learning fun, even when it has a gross, bitter taste, in season 6, episode 7 of the animated series Adventure Time.

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Building resilience for food security in a changing climate
May23

Building resilience for food security in a changing climate

Climate change is bringing hotter temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and more frequent natural disasters that could reduce global food production by 2 percent each decade for the rest of the century according to a report from The Chicago Council on Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate (pdf). “Instead of treating climate change and food security as separate problems—we need to tackle these as...

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Ecology at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
May13

Ecology at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

ESA went to the USA Science & Engineering Festival on the weekend of April 26-27 to talk about ecology with some of the 325,000 people who attended. Special thanks to University of Maryland ecologists David Inouye (ESA’s president-in-waiting) and Ben Bond-Lamberty for coming down to the Washington DC convention center for the event. At our booth we had a terrarium hosting a few invertebrates and a simple game to prompt...

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