Habitat corridors help preserve wildlife in the midst of human society

As demonstrated by a recent vote in Congress, it appears that support remains among policymakers to preserve endangered species. H.R. 2584, the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012, as introduced, included language to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from adding any additional plant or animal species for protection under the Endangered Species Act. House...

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Investing for the Future: Federal Science Funding and its Benefits for Communities

This post contributed by Terence Houston, ESA Science Policy Analyst A primary role of policymakers is to serve as the voice of the community they represent. At the federal level, hearing elected officials speak on the House or Senate floor or at a town hall, is one  channel citizens use  to stay engaged in the issues of the day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if lawmakers could more often use these forums to tout what the latest scientific...

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Talking Story: Using narrative to bring ecology home

This post contributed by Piper Corp, ESA Science Policy Analyst Scientists have a lot of data. And with so many high-profile environmental policy issues, ecologists are increasingly faced with turning these data into something that makes sense not only to other scientists but to policymakers and the public. But what we’re learning from these various policy debates is that making sense is only a first step. As we have seen in the...

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Picture Your Grant on the Hannity Show: David Inouye on why basic research isn’t a bridge to nowhere

This post contributed by Piper Corp, ESA’s Science Policy Analyst, for The Ecologist Goes to Washington segment.  David Inouye from the University of Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory The scientific community celebrated the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which prioritized US scientific understanding, competitiveness, and capacity by directing $3 billion to the National Science Foundation...

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New ESA podcasts page

The ESA podcasts page has been revamped!  Check out the new look for your favorite ESA podcasts on the new ESA podcasts page. Or, if you’re an ESA podcast newbie,  here’s the rundown of the three series: Beyond the Frontier features interviews with the authors publishing in the ESA journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The authors to discuss – in their own words – their research, related...

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