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History of the Section

The Theoretical Ecology Section is one of the most rapidly growing organizations within the Ecological Society of America.
The Section was formed in 1993 to :
    1. Foster theoretical research in all areas of ecology;

    2. Sponsor meetings for the presentation of results;

    3. Foster communication and research collaboration between theoreticians and experimental/field ecologists;

    4. Encourage the application of ecological theory to the resolution of societal problems.

The section sponsors social events and symposia at the annual ESA meetings, to facilitate interaction among new and established theoreticians.

To join us, you must first be a member of ESA. You can enroll online here; alternatively, fill out and mail this form, selecting "Theoretical Ecology" in "Section V". Annual membership dues are only $5.

Lotka and Volterra awards at this year's ESA meeting

Dear Theoretical Ecology section of ESA,

I am delighted to announce this year's winners of the Lotka and Volterra Awards for the best theoretical poster and oral presentations, respectively.  We had a very strong contestant pool this year.  Among the excellent candidates the winners are:

Holly Moeller, from Stanford University, was awarded the Volterra Prize for her talk entitled “Optimal investment in a multi-mutualist system: Tree maintenance of ectomycorrhizal fungal diversity”, co-authored with Michael Neubert.  Judges particularly praised the originality of her research in extending the theory of mutualism, her depth of understanding, and her presentation style with clear communication to both theoretical and empirical audiences.  

Sean Hayes, from the University of California, Riverside, was awarded the Lotka Prize for his poster entitled “Dispersal Network Structure Predicts Metacommunity Dynamics”, co-authored with Kurt Anderson.  Judges particularly praised both his novel extension of network theory and how he placed it in the context of existing work as well as his clear and enthusiastic presentation of his work.  

Congratulations to both Holly and Sean!  

My best,

Last updated on: September 12, 2014
Masami Fujiwara

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