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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Yonglong Lu named Editor-in-Chief of new joint journal of the Ecological Societies of America and China
Dec06

Yonglong Lu named Editor-in-Chief of new joint journal of the Ecological Societies of America and China

New open access journal will foreground applied ecology from under-represented research communities. Yonglong Lu took the helm this fall of a new international journal, created as a mutual venture between the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the Ecological Society of China (ESC), and aimed at raising the global profile of ecological research taking place in regions of rapid economic growth and industrialization. Scheduled to...

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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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Good-bye ESA, a farewell photo gallery
Sep19

Good-bye ESA, a farewell photo gallery

By Nadine Lymn, ESA director of public affairs After 21 years working for the Ecological Society of America, first as communications officer and then as director of public affairs, I feel like I’ve kind of “grown up” with ESA.  During my time here, I got to see ESA go from a mostly volunteer-run organization to one with a professional staff of thirty. The Society opened a headquarters office in Washington, DC and...

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