Endorsement for Organized Oral Sessions and Symposia at ESA's 2009 annual meeting

Dear ESA-SS members,
The Student Section would like to support strong applications for 1
Organized Oral Sessions (OOS) and 1 Symposium (SYM) during next ESA's annual
meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

The number of accepted OOS and SYM is very limited and competition for
hosting events of such a nature is rather high. Chances of getting your OOS
or SYM accepted by the ESA program board are higher upon receiving the
endorsement of one of the numerous sections that form the ESA.

The ESA Student Section would like to encourage the submission of --but not
limit to-- proposals organized by and/or geared towards students' interests.
If you would like your proposal to be endorsed by the ESA-SS, please email
us (mwhitesi(at)uci.edu, salguero(at)sas.upenn.edu and johannadelgado(at)yahoo.com) a
word document containing a short description of your organized event
consisting of: type of event (OOS or SYM), one paragraph describing the
topic, as well as the appropriateness of having this event take place in
Albuquerque (keep in mind that next year's theme is "Ecological Knowledge
and a Global Sustainable Society"*), and a list of confirmed and potential
speakers and titles of talks if available.

For more info on OOS and SYM, please visit:

OOS -- http://www.esa.org/albuquerque/call_oos.php
SYM -- http://www.esa.org/albuquerque/call_symposium.php

We look forward to your submission!

Matt - ESA-SS chair
Rob - ESA-SS vice chair
Johanna - ESA-SS secretary

* "Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society"

With fossil fuels waning, a public awareness of global warming and
biodiversity issues increasing, and new green technologies breaking into
public markets, the world is poised for planning sustainability of a global
society. The location of the 2009 meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a
fitting forum due to the city's forward-thinking sustainable initiatives
(e.g., Albuquerque Green and Smart Communities Network). It is also fitting
that a theme of sustainability follows one of ecological education (ESA
2008), arguably the most important part of sustainable planning. Although a
wealth of ecological knowledge is available, there remains a disconnection
between knowledge and application. For example, large areas of the landscape
are being developed for biofuel agriculture with little regard for the
effects on landscape processes.

While ecologists continue to be on the forefront of research examining
anthropogenic effects on biodiversity and ecosystem function,
interdisciplinary studies incorporating ecological knowledge into
sustainable planning are lacking. Growing fields of agro-ecology and urban
ecology are attempting to develop interdisciplinary links, but all fields of
ecological study can offer information toward sustainability, as evidenced
in recent books of sustainability and societal collapse. Ecological
knowledge is not only for 'natural' systems (i.e., restoration), but also
must be applied to the much greater area of human-dominated systems. How can
we apply floodplain and coastal ecology to urban expansion? How can we apply
fragmentation and biodiversity to agricultural landscapes? How can we apply
ecosystem ecology to watershed management? Decisions regarding growth occur
daily, and ecologists need to be heard, instead of governments, land owners,
and developers seeking consultants with little background in ecology or
sustainable planning.