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What kinds of content can you bring to the world's largest meeting of professional ecologists? Proposals for workshops, short courses, special sessions, and field trips are due Thursday, November 21 at 5:00 PM Eastern (2:00 PM Pacific).

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Renew Your Membership for 2020

Renew Your Membership for 2020

ESA members, it's that time of year again! Ensure that your benefits don't miss a beat and get your renewal for 2020 locked in now.

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Ecological Applications Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

Ecological Applications Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

The Ecological Society of America is seeking applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief of its journal Ecological Applications. We welcome applicants from diverse and international backgrounds.

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ESA's New Strategic Plan

ESA's New Strategic Plan

Have you seen the new strategic plan? President Osvaldo Sala wrote on the thinking behind it recently for Ecotone! What do you think?

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News

  • ISU Professor Aho studies how airborne bacteria, fungi help it rain and snow

    Idaho State University 11/5/2019 POCATELLO – Most people don’t think of weather as having a biological component and aren’t aware of the role airborne bacteria and fungi have in helping create rain and snow. But Ken Aho, Idaho State University associate professor of biological sciences, studies this phenomenon. “Weather is not as simple as we think – it is not…

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  • Satellites are key to monitoring ocean carbon

    University of Exeter 11/4/2019 Satellites now play a key role in monitoring carbon levels in the oceans, but we are only just beginning to understand their full potential. Our ability to predict future climate relies upon being able to monitor where our carbon emissions go. So we need to know how much stays in the atmosphere, or becomes stored in the oceans or on…

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  • Best of Frenemies: Unexpected Role of Social Networks in Ecology

    Andy Fell, UC Davis 11/1/2019 Social networking, even between competing species, plays a much bigger role in ecology than anyone previously thought, according to three biologists at the University of California, Davis.  “There’s mounting evidence that different species pay attention to each other in the wild, especially if they share predators,” said Mike Gil, postdoctoral researcher at UC Davis. “The…

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Journals & Publications

  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

    In the November issue of Frontiers, Iacarella et al. show how marine conservation plans often fail to include measures to counteract threats posed by non-native taxa, even though species invasions are recognized as a problem in marine protected areas (MPAs). For example, despite the presence of non-native species such as peacock groupers (Cephalopholis argus) around the Hawaiian Islands, efforts to prevent the spread of such species into MPAs are rare.

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  • Ecological Applications

    Ecological Applications

    In the October issue of Ecological Applications, Graham et al. demonstrate that responses to land-use change differ among plants, small mammals, and large mammals in east Africa. Large mammals like the giraffe depend on conserved areas, while many small mammal and plant taxa exhibit affinities for pastoral and agricultural areas. This implies that mosaics of varying land-use are important for conserving diverse assemblages of organisms.

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  • Ecological Monographs

    Ecological Monographs

    Many species of shorebirds migrate long distances to raise their young on a seasonal burst of prey invertebrates in tundra habitats during a short Arctic summer. Long-term changes in the timing of snowmelt and the interaction between temperature and snow phenology have led to greater phenological mismatch between the two trophic levels, as reported by Kwon et al. in the November issue of Ecological Monographs.

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  • Bulletin

    Bulletin

    Hettinger et al. introduce a new series in the ESA Bulletin, Human Dimensions. Future works in this series will highlight different ESA sections and chapters and the work they are doing to more tightly couple ecology to human systems, and to further goals of equity, inclusion, and diversity in the study of ecology. –Designing Instruction and Assessing Student Learning

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  • Ecosphere

    Ecosphere

    In the October issue of Ecosphere, Hejda et al. found that cheatgrass becomes dominant in communities of native perennial bunchgrasses due to its ability to accumulate dead biomass, change the fire regime, and suppress the reproduction of native species. The invasion of cheatgrass in the western United States is an example of a large-scale invasion with massive impacts on native plant diversity.

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  • Ecology

    Ecology

    Spartina cordgrass is an iconic group of species that not only shape coastal ecosystems worldwide but also influence many disciplines of ecology. The recent proposal to change the name of this critically emblematic group of plants is the subject of debate, as discussed by Bortolus et al. in the November issue of Ecology.

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