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 possibly with benefit) to private land owners?
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 send the following items to the UEE section vice-chair (Myla Aronson) by Thursday, August 1, 2012: first and last name title of talk time of presentation location of presentation degree being sought (BA/BS, MS, PhD) your accepted abstract e-mail address Short Summary from UEE: Joan Ehrenfeld was one of the pioneers of urban ecology whose contributions helped shape our knowledge of urban ecosystems. Her work spanned many taxa and systems, ranging from novel work on urban wetlands to the role of people in shaping urban ecosystem processes. Her former students and postdocs are continuing this work around the globe. In recognition of her many contributions to urban ecology, the best oral presentation in urban ecology given at the annual Ecological Society of America meeting is named in her honor. UEE will only be considering urban ecology presentations for the award. Please send your application materials with the subject line “Ehrenfeld Award” to: Myla Aronson, UEE Section Vice-Chair email@example.com If you have any questions, please feel free to contact...
Former Minnesota state senator is energy and environment senior advisor to the governor By Nadine Lymn, ESA director of public affairs Each year since 2008, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science. This year, ESA’s Regional Policy Award will go to Ellen Anderson, Energy and Environment Senior Advisor to Minnesota’s Governor Dayton. “Ellen Anderson exemplifies leadership in promoting sustainability” said ESA President Scott Collins. “As a Minnesota state senator she championed bills to foster renewable energy, clean water and parks and in her current capacity she’s working to advance Minnesota’s environmental quality initiatives. She sets a high standard for policy makers everywhere.” Anderson served in the Minnesota Senate for eighteen years, where she was the chief author of the 25 percent by 2025 legislation, which requires Minnesota energy companies to generate at least 25 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. She also co-authored numerous bills related to energy, natural areas, and many other environmental issues. Since February 2012, Anderson has served as senior advisor on energy and environment to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Anderson works on clean energy, environmental policy issues, and public outreach for numerous state agencies and the Governor. “Sustainability is the headliner of our time,” said Anderson. “I feel incredibly honored to receive this award from the Ecological Society of America whose members have spearheaded and helped shape our thinking about how we manage our ecosystems—from agricultural to urban—to sustain them for future generations.” ESA, which holds its Annual Meeting in a different city each year, established its Regional Policy Award in 2008 to recognize an elected or appointed local policymaker who has integrated environmental science into policy initiatives that foster more sustainable communities. Past recipients of the ESA award are Ken Bierly, with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Karen Hixon, with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Braddock, Pennsylvania Mayor John Fetterman, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. ESA President Collins will present Anderson with the 2013 ESA Regional Policy Award at the start of the Opening Plenary on Sunday, August 4 at 5 PM in the auditorium of the Minneapolis Convention Center. ESA’s conference is expected to draw 3,000 scientists, educators, and policymakers from across the nation and around the...
The Theoretical Ecology Section of the ESA is proud to announce the fourteenth annual Alfred J. Lotka prize for the best poster and Vito Volterra prize for the best talk given by students during the ESA annual meeting.
If you’ve ever thought that botany doesn’t involve enough time travel, you are not alone. Plant ecologists studying climate change and and the timing of flowering are constantly wondering ‘is this happening when it used to happen?’ My job would be infinitely easier if I had access to a time machine.
Want to stem biodiversity loss, enhance fresh water supplies, curtail climate change AND improve people’s lives? Then change modern agriculture.
Have you ever wanted to escape the conference center during the ESA Annual Meeting and talk science with the locals? This August at the 98th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, we are launching a Science Café – a chance to tell local pub-goers about your ecological passions in a casual environment.