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Recent News:

  1. Elections for new South America Chapter Officers

  2. South America Chapter at ESA 97 (Portland): suggestions wanted

  3. 2011 Meeting Minutes

  4. Student Fellowship Support to Attend the 96th ESA Meeting in Austin

  5. South America Chapter Events at the 96th ESA Meeting in Austin

  6. Actas de la Reunión 2010/2010 Meeting Minutes

  7. 2010 Annual Report

Elections for new South America Chapter Officer Positions

We are looking for nominations for a new Chairperson-Elect and Chapter Secretary.  Please send nominations to andrea.previtali (at) gmail.com by November 1st.

South America Chapter at ESA 97 (Portland): suggestions wanted

After a succesful Special Session on Earth Stewardship in Latin America at ESA 96 in Austin, with a ~50 person attendance despite the late hour, we are looking for suggestions for Chapter-sponsered sessions for the next meeting in Portland in August 2012. Topics suggested so far include Environmental Effects of Free-trade Agreements and Scope and Diversity of Long-Term Research Sites in Latin America.  Please send us your ideas for Special Sessions and/or Organized Oral Sessions so that we can make them happen and increase the profile of Latin American ecoogical research and concerns at ESA.

2011 Meeting Minutes:        (pdf version)

South American Chapter Business Meeting

Austin, August 10, 2011


Attendees: 25, including guests from directory of the Mexican Chapter.


Juan Armesto, Chair –


  • The Chapter’s chairperson reads the Annual Report for 2010, which will be sent to all the members and will be available on line in the Bulletin of the ESA.

  • The current membership of the SA Chapter is 52.

  • The Chapter’s website: www.esa.org/southamerica - was created by Daniel Stanton (webmaster). Photos and suggestions to improve the website are requested. Please send all materials to dstanton(at)princeton.edu.

  • We agreed to advertise all forthcoming ecological meetings, workshops, or courses, which will be of interest to Latin American ecologists, at the website. Please send information to the above address.

  • We remind the chapter members to renew your membership by registering online at the ESA website or at the Annual Meeting (check the box for the SA Chapter and pay the annual dues of $5). We expect to increase our membership during 2011. Presently, about 4% of the ESA members are Hispanic (approx. 360). Currently the membership of the SA and Mexican Chapters together is approximately 120.

  • We discussed possible activities for the 2012 ESA Annual Meeting and for the Bi-national meeting of the Ecological Societies of Chile and Argentina in 2013. The Bi-national meeting hopes to attract audiences from Brazil, Peru, and other Latin American countries. We expect to hear suggestions from SA Chapter members for activities to be carried out at this meeting. Please send suggestions to Daniel Stanton or Andrea Previtali (andrea.previtali(at)gmail.com). Notice deadlines for activities proposed for 2012 in the ESA website.

  • We agreed to continue our discussion with the Mexican Chapter and the Brazilian Ecological Societies about the options for a new Latin American Ecology Journal. This discussion was initiated at the bi-national meeting in Argentina in August 2010, with participation of the editors of ecology journals from Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. One of the arguments for the existence of the new journal is that many regions in SA are outside the tropics (which are already covered by several existing journals). It has been suggested to analyze the feasibility of an open access, online journal. We will seek the advice of the ESA publications office on this matter.

  • It was agreed to strengthen the present links with other Chapters and Sections within the ESA. With the Mexican Chapter, we co-organized two events for the 2011 ESA Annual meeting in Austin: 1) the Biocultural evening, sense of place event (also co-organized with the Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural History Sections) and 2) a Special Session on “Earth Stewardship in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities,” which had an attendance of around 50 and had opening remarks from Mary Power, Mauricio Quezada, and Jon Paul Rodriguez (see below).

  • In 2010, we submitted an application for a long-range planning grant to the ESA. This is an open application to fund activities planned by the chapter – this year it provided US $ 700 as a travel grant for a graduate student from Latin America – the first recipient of the award is Diego Borges Provete, from the Laboratory of Insect Ecology, Dept. Ecology, Institute of Biological Sciences, ICB-1, Federal University of Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil. We based this decision on the ranking created by the ESA student section, and Diego ranked as the top student among those from South America who didn’t receive support from the student section. We hope to continue to provide this kind of student support in the coming years.

  • About 50 people attended the Special Session in Austin on Earth Stewardship from a Latin American perspective. The discussion addressed the questions how do we understand the concept of earth stewardship and how prepared is the community of LA ecologists to face the challenges of biodiversity stewardship. It was argued that scientific capacity and strength of the LA community of ecologists is still limited, and that it could be useful to generate a directory of LA ecologists based on various sources (e.g., ecological societies) and on-line registration in the Chapters’ website. Mauricio Quezada will be a contact person with the Mexican Chapter and Alejandro Valenzuela will be a contact with Argentinean Ecological Society. There was a broad agreement that a Latin American Ecological Society is desirable to further strengthen the LA ecological community (as the Asociación Latinoamericana de Botánica has been for plant biology). This organization could address important tasks, such as assessing the natural capital of LA regions based on traditional and scientific knowledge. It was also proposed to use the SA Chapter webpage as a resource to advertise the job market for ecologists within Latin America, including scholarships and postdoc opportunities. A summary of the conclusions of the session will be sent to all members and submitted to the Bulletin of the ESA.

  • A question that has been asked repeatedly is why is there a SA chapter and a Mexican Chapter, but not a Latin American chapter? It was agreed that for 2012, we would study the possibility of merging the two existing Chapters in one Latin American Chapter, or creating another organization for Latin America. At this time, we welcome members from all Latin America in these two Chapters (memberships are non-exclusive). There will be a conversation with Terry Chapin to get the views and possible support of the ESA to develop a proposal for a Latin American Ecological Society or Chapter.

  • The next Annual ESA Meeting will be in Portland in August 5-10, 2012. Suggestions for activities are welcome. We are already planning the organization of a joint symposium with the Mexican Chapter and another with Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section. Possible topics suggested for future Symposia are: Environmental Issues related to free trade agreements between the US and LA countries, and the scope and diversity of log-term research projects in LA. We also should plan ahead for Latin American participation in the 2015, 100th anniversary of ESA meeting, which will be in Baltimore.

  • It was agreed that the current Directory of the SA Chapter would continue for one year. We are looking for nominations for new Chairperson-elect of the SA Chapter (to start in Portland 2012), Juan Armesto proposed Enrique Chaneton, from the Univ. of Bs. As., Argentina, and Laura Yahdjian, from CONICET, Argentina was nominated as secretary. Following the Chapter by-laws we will wait for other nominations for Chairperson for 60 days. Please send your nominations to andrea.previtali(at)gmail.com. This nomination period will be informed by mail to all members and notified in the SA Chapter web site.

  • It was agreed to increase the efforts to enroll members from Brazil, and consider the possibility of having a booth at the next ESA meeting to advertise the Chapter and attract new members. This can be done in collaboration with the Mexican Chapter and other ESA Sections.





Student Fellowship Support to Attend 96th ESA Meeting in Austin

The Student Fellowship Support ($750) was awarded to Diogo Provete of Federal University of Goiás, Brasil


We invite applications from graduate or undergraduate students from South American countries to apply for support of up to $750 to attend the ESA meeting in August 2011. Funds can be used for travel, registration and/or lodging costs.

Please send a C.V., a brief description of your academic background (including your thesis topic and name of major professor) and the abstract acceptance email from ESA (confirming acceptance of the abstract for a talk or poster for the conference) to Daniel Stanton (dstanton(at)princeton.edu). Deadline: June 6th 2011.

South America Chapter Events at the 96th ESA Meeting in Austin


1)The South America Chapter will co-sponsor a social event together with the TEK Section and the University of North Texas Center for Environmental Philosophy. The event, “South/North American Sense of Place,” a Biocultural Evening at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, will be held on Monday August 8, 2011, and will bring together South and North American ecologists to share and explore diverse forms of ecological knowledge, as well as planning future collaborative activities.

2) The South America Chapter,jointly with the Mexico Chapter and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section, is holding a Special Session on:

Earth stewardship in Latin America: Challenges and opportunities

This Special Session, co-organized by the South American Chapter with the TEK Section and the Mexican Chapter, is intended to generate an open debate among practicing ecologists and students from the Americas about the Earth’s Stewardship initiative. Latin American economies are largely based on massive use of natural resources from managed or wild ecosystems, which are in turn home to a major portion of global biodiversity. Institutional capacity for management and study of these ecosystems is highly variable across the region and often poorly developed. We propose to discuss the long-term sustainability of this development model within the context of planetary stewardship, and ask how can we improve our ability to address these challenges, considering future scenarios of climate change, loss of biodiversity, population pressures, and energy acquisition. Introductory presentations of views on the subject from former ESA President Mary Power, Mauricio Quesada (Mexican Chapter President) and South American ecologists Jon Paul Rodriguez and Ricardo Rozzi, with experience in social aspects and education, will motivate the ensuing roundtable discussion, featuring representatives of currently active Latin American ecological societies.

We expect that the year following the Special Session, we will (a) communicate the conclusions from the roundtable in a multi-authored paper in a broad impact ESA journal and a South American ecology journal, (b) use Earth's Stewardship tasks defined at the roundtable for the long-term planning of Chapter and Section activities, (c) promote the inclusion of Earth Stewardship goals within the agendas of the regional ecological societies from Latin America.

Time and Location TBA


3) Annual South America Chapter Meeting. Wednesday August 10th, 6:30pm, Austin Suite

Actas de la Reunión 2010 (Versión PDF) (English Translation-PDF)

South American Chapter

ESA 2010, Pittsburg


Participantes: Alexandria Poole (USA), Laszlo Naggy (Scotland), Ricardo Rossi (Chile), Diego Ruiz-Moreno (Argentina), Andrea Previtali (Argentina), Betsabé Castro Escobar (Puerto Rico), Ángela Sierra (Chile), Laureano Gherardi (Argentina), Marina Omacini (Argentina), Daniel Stanton (USA), Lucas A. Garibaldi (Argentina), Leticia Aviles (Ecuador), Diego Ferraro (Argentina).

Los participantes acordaron los siguientes puntos:

1) Confirmar a JARMESTO como CHAIRPERSON hasta la sustanciación de las próximas elecciones y designar a Diego Ferraro (Argentina) como secretario, por el mismo período, en reemplazo de Karine Gil (Venezuela).

2) Plantear al CHAIRPERSON los siguientes temas para ser tratados en una reunión con los presidentes de las Sociedades de ecología de Argentina, Chile y Brasil, en el marco de la Reunión Binacional de Ecología 2010 (RBE2010) a llevarse a cabo en Buenos Aires, Argentina, entre los días 8-13 de Agosto de 2010:

  1. Evitar la superposición de fechas entre la reunión de la ESA en 2012 y la reunión conjunta de las Sociedades de ecología de Argentina, Chile y Brasil del mismo año

  2. Articular acciones para dar a conocer los objetivos y actividades del South American Chapter de la ESA a los miembros de las Sociedades de ecología de Argentina, Chile y Brasil

3) Darle el mandato a Daniel Stanton (USA) para ponerse en contacto con los responsables (webmaster) del armado de la webpage de la ESA, para incluir al South American Chapter entre los Capítulos existentes en la webpage de la ESA. LA intención sería difundir su existencia junto a sus objetivos y, en principio, una lista de links de interés (e.g. publicaciones científicas latinoamericanas, Web pages de las Sociedades de ecología de Argentina, Chile y Brasil)

4) Darle el mandato al CHAIRPERSON para comenzar el proceso de elección de nuevas autoridades (CHAIRPERSON-ELECT & SECRETARY) a través de lista de correos electrónicos de los integrantes South American Chapter. El llamado debería contener el pedido de postulaciones a CHAIRPERSON-ELECT & SECRETARY, así como la voluntad de ocupar algún cargo de OFFICER for the EXECUTIVE COMMITEE en alguna rea particular (e.g. educación, asuntos internacionales).

5) Establecer un proceso de planificación que debería concluir con algún evento visible en el marco de la Reunión Anual ESA 2012. La primer propuesta fue la de plantear a la ESA la posibilidad de un evento como una sesión especial de posters o un simposio, que aborde una temática sudamericana. Se hizo especial énfasis en que debería abordarse una temática de interés común y no la sola la pertenencia geográfica de las ponencias al South American Chapter

6) Hacer circular las Actas de esta reunión a la totalidad de los miembros registrados del South American Chapter, además de cualquier otra información relevante que pueda ser de interés de los integrantes del South American Chapter, en forma de Newsletter o Mailing Group , con el objeto de mejorar la comunicación y visibilidad de las actividades del South American Chapter..



The inaugural meeting of the South American Chapter was successfully held at the ESA Meeting in Albuquerque, in August 2009, with attendance by 42 people. The attendance roster included 7 Argentineans, 11 Chileans, 3 Colombians, 2 Spaniards, 2 Venezuelans, 4 Mexicans, 5 North Americans (US), and one person from each of the following countries: Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Scotland. The attendants agreed that Juan Armesto should continue for one year as chairperson; Katherine Gil acted as secretary, and we elected three officers (with their respective charges): Ricardo Rozzi (education), Anibal Pauchard (journals and publications), and Enrique Weir (meetings). The year 2011, we will elect a new Chairperson (nominees, Enrique Chaneton, Argentina, and Enrique Weir, Venezuela) and secretary (nominees Paula Neill, Chile, and Katherine Weir, Venezuela). The goals of the Chapter during this first year of activities have been accomplished to a large extent, despite some difficulties. We set as a priority to expand the membership and to support the Fourth Bi-national Meeting of the ecological societies of Chile and Argentina, to be held in Buenos Aires in August 2010. Current membership increased to 52, as listed by the ESA directory, but we need to develop a plan to receive their feedback regularly. We had two main goals for the meeting to be held in Buenos Aires: 1) Discussing strategies to establish a firmer connection between the ESA and ecological societies of South America (represented at the Buenos Aires meeting by the Presidents of the societies of Chile, Argentina and Brazil), and 2) examining the viability of existing and new outlets for the publication and dissemination of ecological research, knowledge and ideas generated by ecologists from South American countries, and to receive suggestions from the ESA publications office and committee. These activities were organized with the advice and support of the ESA Board, but unfortunately no ESA Board members were free to attend the meeting in Buenos Aires. One problem was the nearly overlapping dates of the South American meeting with the ESA this year, which could not be modified due to previous commitments, but prevented the participation of ESA Board members in the Argentina meeting. For 2011, we expect to hold a symposium at the ESA Annual Meeting on the subject of links between environmental philosophy and ecological education and will continue our conversations with the ESA Board about formalizing the links with SA ecological societies. A new connection between the ESA-SEEDS program and the sub-Antarctic biocultural conservation program led by Dr. Ricardo Rozzi in southern Chile has started last year, as a pilot for expanding SEEDS to other South American countries. We are presently planning ahead to hold an ESA-SA Chapter sponsored major event at the next South American meeting in 2012, which will be organized jointly by the ecological societies of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, and where we expect that representatives of the ecological societies (or other associations) from all over South America, as well as SA Chapter members will participate.

Submitted by Juan Armesto
SA Chapter Chairperson
18 July 2010