ESA's Public Affairs Office focuses on the Society's goals of raising public awareness and ensuring the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision-making. The Office engages in both media and policy outreach to implement these goals, working closely with ESA members and elected leaders to inform policy and convey ecological reserach results through the national and international media.
ESA’s policy activities aim to contribute ecological information to public policy through activities such as ESA letters, Capitol Hill briefings, congressional visits and participation in coalitions.
On May 15, 2012, the ESA participated in the Coalition for National Science Funding’s 18th Annual Exhibition and Reception entitled “STEM Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation.”
ESA’s exhibit featured the research of ESA graduate student Sarah Roley of the University of Notre Dame. She spoke with numerous attendees, including federal agency and congressional staff, about her work on mitigating nutrient pollution in the agricultural Midwest. Roley also met with congressional staff from Indiana earlier that day to discuss her work and its relevance to the state. Read more here.
Communications activities at ESA encourage broad public understanding of ecology, primarily through press releases for the mass media and through the ESA blog, EcoTone
02/07/2013 - Depression-era drainage ditches emerge as sleeping threat to Cape Cod salt marshes
Cape Cod, Massachusetts has a problem. The iconic salt marshes of the famous summer retreat are melting away at the edges, dying back from the most popular recreational areas. The erosion is a consequence of an unexpected synergy between recreational over-fishing and Great Depression-era ditches constructed by Works Progress Administration (WPA) in an effort to control mosquitoes. The cascade of ecological cause and effect is described by Tyler Coverdale and colleagues at Brown University in a paper published online this month in ESA's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.» learn more...
Public Affairs Staff
Director of Public Affairs
202.833.8773, ext. 205
Science Policy Analyst
202.833.8773, ext. 224
202.833.8773, ext. 211
Public Affairs Committee
Sharon Collinge, Vice President for Public Affairs (20011-2014)
Phone: (303) 475-7815 Fax: (303) 492-8699
Marcia Wolfe, MH Wolfe and Associates (2010 - 2013)
Faith Kearns, Pew Charitable Trusts (2012-2015)
Paul Ringold, Environmental Protection Agency (2012-2015)
Helena Mendes-Soares, University of Idaho (2012-2015)
Kate Gallagher, University of California, Irvine, Student Representative