ESA Today - Winter 2009

ESA Today

Winter 2009

Welcome to the second edition of ESA Today.  This brief, quarterly email is designed to keep members informed of key Society activities.

ESA Letter to President-Elect Obama

Writing on behalf of the Society, ESA President Alison Power acknowledged Obama’s stated policy of addressing climate change and outlined additional ecological priorities for the new Administration including: protecting water quality and quantity, preserving biodiversity, addressing transboundary challenges, and providing environmental education.

ESA Journals

Through a special arrangement with the British Ecological Society (BES) and JSTOR, ESA is pleased to offer online access to over 100 years worth of content from the archives of ESA and BES.  ESA members who subscribe to JSTOR can now search, browse, download, and print from the combined eight journals of the two societies.

ESA also renewed its agreement with Charlesworth to distribute ESA journals electronically to some 450 institutions in China and signed an agreement with CAPES to make all four journals available electronically to 122 institutions in Brazil.

At the recommendation of the Publications Committee and Editor-in-Chief Donald Strong, the ESA Governing Board has appointed Aaron Ellison as the new Editor-in-Chief for Ecological Monographs, effective January 1, 2009.

EcoTone wants to hear from You

Check out EcoTone (, the new face of the ESA blog community.  EcoTone will focus on news and developments in ecological research, education, policy and management.  If you have an idea for an editorial or a guest post about your current work, please contact Christine Buckley, the blog moderator, at

Informing Policy

In early December, ESA teamed up with the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics to host the webinar: From Agricultural to Urban Ecosystems: Nature’s Services to Humankind.  Over 100 listeners tuned in to hear ecological scientists and economic experts present.  The webinar—complete with the recorded presentations—is available for free at:


SEEDS welcomed its 50th Campus Ecology Chapter: Dine College, located in Tsaile, Arizona, the first university chartered by the Navajo Nation.  Video footage from a recent SEEDS Field Trip to Harvard Forest LTER in Petersham, Massachusetts can be viewed at:

Podcasts and Press Releases

From “candy cane” goldenrods to polarized light that leads animals astray, visit ESA’s podcasts ( and Newsroom ( to learn more about exciting new research. 

Check out ESA member research in the news at:

Membership and Certification Deadlines

With the first 2009 issue of Frontiers due out at the beginning of February, the ESA Membership Department advises any members still waiting to renew to do so as soon as possible.  For fastest processing, renew online at (e-mail if you require your login information), or download a PDF form from  If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Dellon at

Additionally, the ESA Board of Professional Certification would like to remind potential applicants that the Primary Deadline for all application materials is coming up on February 1.  Individuals who seek to incorporate ecological principles and ethics in decision-making and who meet a minimum set of standards in education and experience are encouraged to visit / for more details and application forms.


Now that ESA’s Facebook group numbers over 1200 members and is still growing, we have branched out to other social networking sites.  To join our LinkedIn group, please go to, or use the search function at the top of the LinkedIn home page.

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ESA Today is a brief, quarterly email designed to keep members informed of key Society activities.

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