ESA Student Section 2012 Business Meeting

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7 August 2012


2011–2012 Officers

  • Jorge Ramos, Chair
  • Joey Bernhardt, Vice-Chair
  • Dayani Pieri, Secretary
  • Casee Lemons, Treasurer (not present)

Number of attendees: 45

Greetings from the ESA – Student Section of the Ecological Society of America. We would like to update you all on our accomplishments, activities, new officers and future events.

Jorge Ramos, Chair, began the meeting.

We had a very successful ESA Annual Meeting! It was reported by ESA that 43% of attendees were students and that we are 28% of the membership! Definitely a very strong presence in the ESA community!

At the end of the calendar year of 2011, ESA had a total membership of 9777 of which 2655 were students. The SS membership is only 595. We have to start thinking of ways to bring our membership of 595 closer to 2655.

Our budget is strong. We receive funds from the Long Range Planning Grant, the Real/Brown Ravel Award, and also from the Membership fees. We need to keep applying for the LRPG, advertise the Real/Brown Award with the ESA membership, and also keep inviting students to become SS members ($5) so that we can keep supporting students and organizing events during the ESA Annual Meetings.

This year we organized once again the very successful Student Orientation, Student Mixer, and Student Night Out event on Monday. On Tuesday we also organized the Awards Ceremony and Business Meeting. The Student Orientation had a record number of attendees +200! The mixer saw about +60 students as well as the night out event. Additionally, SS in conjunction with ESA Headquarters organized the Networking for Students and Early Career Professionals event and the Grad Students and Post Docs Roundtable with ESA Leadership. Both of these were also very well attended. Some of our members and past chairs organized workshops such as WK 26 by Ginger Allington, Cait Ryan, and Angela Post and WK 43 by Jenny Talbot.

The SS also made sure to advertise the SS events as much as possible and the fliers were posted in the program as tabs. Additionally, we partnered up with ESA HQ to make a guide for student– related events (not just SS) which was also included in a tab in the program.

The ESA SS booth was also an active location for SS members. The EcoVision Competition organized by Caitlin Bailey was going on Monday and Tuesday so that the People Choice Award could be counted. We also advertised the “student guide” for Portland organized by Local Host, Liz Perkin, the “SS Events” flier, and the “ESA Student Events flier”. We also advertised and sold the “What to do with a career in Ecology?” poster designed by Naupaka Zimmerman, our webmaster, to try to increase funds.

We have kept our online presence with our website up and running thanks to the webmasters, Novem and Naupaka. The twitter account and the facebook page have all seen an increase in activity as well. The twitter account is @esa_students and the facebook page is here.

Sean Ryan, the Eco-Stewardship Officer, talked about his current Citizen Science Landscape project. If anyone is interested in this project, to please contact Sean at sryan6(at)nd.edu

Jorge Ramos thanked all previous officers and welcomed all new officers. Joey Bernhardt, Incoming Chair, mentioned and thanked all the people that volunteered to take on the new positions and asked for volunteers to take on the vacant positions (highlighted in red).

2011–2012 Officers

  • Chair: Jorge Ramos (Arizona State University)
  • Vice Chair: Joey Bernhardt (University of British Columbia, CA)
  • Secretary: Dayani Pieri (Northeastern Illinois University)
  • Treasurer: Casee Lemons (Baylor) Left in May 2012.
  • Membership Coordinator: Sandra Dooley (UC Irvine)
  • Webmasters: Novem Auyeung (Purdue University), Naupaka Zimmerman (Stanford University)
  • Public Affairs Officer: Sydney Glassman (UC Berkeley)
  • International Affairs Officer: Songling Du (Arizona State)
  • Women & Minorities Committee Members: Caitlin Ryan (Texas Tech), Ginger Allington (St. Louis), Angela Post (Virginia Tech), Casee Lemons (Baylor)
  • Environmental Policy Officer: Amy Freitag (Duke), Abby Kula (U of Maryland)
  • Student Host for ESA ’11: Liz Perkin (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries)
  • Eco-Art Festival Director: Caitlin Bailey (Texas A&M CC)
  • Environmental Sustainability Officer: Sean Ryan (University of Notre Dame)
  • Undergraduate Presentation Awards Coordinators: Russell Auwae (Miami U of Ohio) Left in May 2012.
  • Undergraduate Representative: Rachel Augustine (SUNY)

Representatives and Liaisons

  • Action Ecology Officer: Beatriz Otero (UMich)
  • Awards Committee: C. Alina Cansler (UW)
  • Biogeosciences Section Liaison: Cynthia Wright (Pacific Northwest National Lab)
  • Committee for Education and Diversity Representative: Aurora MacRae-Crerar (U Penn), Elizabeth Schultheis (MSU)
  • Environmental Justice: Tiffany S. Carey (UMich)
  • ESA-LiCor Podcast Director: Scott Patrick Egan (Vanderbilt University)
  • Human Ecology Section Liaison: Monica Dorning (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
  • Mexico Chapter Liaison:
  • Microbial Ecology Section Liaison: Naupaka Zimmerman (Stanford University)
  • Physiological Ecology Section Liaison: Greg Goldsmith (Berkeley)
  • Plant Population Ecology Section Liaison: Aldo Compagnoni (Utah State)
  • Public Affairs Committee Representative: Christine McLaughlin (UPenn)
  • Rangeland Ecology Section Liaison: Brady Allred (Oklahoma State University)
  • Researchers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section: Sandra Dooley (UC Irvine)
  • Science Committee Representative: Andréa Kuchy (Oregon State University)
  • SEEDS Liaisons: Jana Eggleston (Old Dominion), Charissa Jones (Antioch)
  • South American Chapter Liaison:
  • Statistical Section Liaison: Sarah Haas (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
  • Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) Liaison: Dayani Pieri (Northeastern Illinois University)
  • Theoretical Ecology Section Liaison: Colin Kremer (Michigan State)
  • Undergraduate Representative:
  • Urban Ecosystems Section Liaison: Monica Dorning (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
  • Vegetative Ecology: Mike Schiebout (U of Northern Colorado)

2012–2013 Officers

  • Chair: Joey Bernhardt (University of British Columbia)
  • Vice Chair: Kika Tarsi (University of Colorado)
  • Secretary: Dayani Pieri (Northeastern Illinois University)
  • Treasurer: Josh Scholl (Florida Altantic University)
  • Membership Coordinator: Sandra Dooley (UC Irvine)
  • Webmasters: Novem Auyeung (Purdue University), Naupaka Zimmerman (Stanford University)
  • Public Affairs Officer:
  • International Affairs Officer:
  • Women & Minorities Committee Members:
  • Environmental Policy Officer:
  • Student Host for ESA ’11:
  • Eco-Art Festival Director: Jess Shade (UC Berkeley) shade@berkeley.edu
  • Environmental Sustainability Officer: Sean Ryan (University of Notre Dame)
  • Undergraduate Presentation Awards Coordinators:
  • Undergraduate Representative:

Representatives and Liaisons

  • Action Ecology Officer:
  • Awards Committee:
  • Biogeosciences Section Liaison:
  • Committee for Education and Diversity Representative: Elizabeth Schultheis eschultheis@gmail.com
  • Environmental Justice: Tiffaney Carey
  • ESA-LiCor Podcast Director:
  • Human Ecology Section Liaison:
  • Mexico Chapter Liaison:
  • Microbial Ecology Section Liaison:
  • Physiological Ecology Section Liaison:
  • Plant Population Ecology Section Liaison:
  • Policy Section Liason: Alexis Erwin (Cornell) alexis.c.erwin@gmail.com
  • Public Affairs Committee Representative:
  • Rangeland Ecology Section Liaison:
  • Researchers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions Section:
  • Science Committee Representative: Daniel Scholes scholes2@illinois.edu
  • SEEDS Liaisons:
  • South American Chapter Liaison:
  • Statistical Section Liaison:
  • Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity, and Sustainability (SEEDS) Liaison:
  • Theoretical Ecology Section Liaison:
  • Undergraduate Representative:
  • Urban Ecosystems Section Liaison:
  • Vegetative Ecology:

If you are interested in any of the vacant positions, please let the ESA-SS board know as soon as possible.
Also, if you would like to become the Liaison between a section-chapter not shown above, please contact us and the section-chapter officer. We will make it work. Remember, the more communication between all section-chapters, the better.

The business meeting was adjourned.

Please continue reading below for a list of our awards and our most recent awardees!

2012 ESA Student Section Awards.

For more information on our awards please visit:

Travel Awards

  • Maria Susana Alvarado Barrientos, University of New Hampshire
  • Katharine E. Batdorf, Ohio State University
  • Catherine M. Hulshof, University of Arizona
  • Caitlin Ryan, Texas Tech University
  • Sharon Okanga, University of Cape Town
  • Guery Lorelei, Université du Québec à Rimouski
  • Jennifer Weaver, University of Toronto
  • Elizabeth K. Perkin, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

ESASS/UCS Student Eco-Service Award

  • Jessica Shade, UC Berkeley
  • Talia Young, Rutgers

ESASS/UCS Eco-Service Certificate of Merit

  • Franklin Egan, Penn State University

ESASS/UCS Honorable Distinction in Service

  • Tanya Cheeke, Portland State University
  • Monica Granados, McGill University

Outstanding Graduate Student Research in Ecology Awards

  • Kai Zhu, Duke University

Academic Excellence Award for Young Women in Ecology

  • Sarah Orlofske, UC Boulder

Best Undergraduate Presentation Awards

  • Joe Phillips, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Omar Gutierrez, Universidad de Puerto Rico

EcoPhoto Awards

  • 1st Place: Brian Buma, UC Boulder
  • 2nd Place: Benjamin Blonder, University of Arizona
  • People’s Choice Award: Candace Fallon, Washington State University, Vancouver

For more information about the ESA Student Section please visit our webpage.

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Additionally, check out this post about our EcoService Award.