A Letter to the Community
#ESA2020 Virtually Everywhere
In response to the pandemic, #ESA2020 will be holding a totally virtual Annual Meeting. Learn more about this unique event and how you can join us!Read more
Ecology of Infectious Disease
ESA has compiled a special research collection on the ecology of infectious diseases, and shares a list of experts on disease dynamics from among the membership who are available for comment.Read more
Journals & Publications
Anthropogenic climate change is threatening biodiversity globally. The June edition of Frontiers is a themed, open-access, Special Issue focusing on climate-change refugia (areas buffered from climate-change effects over time). For instance, populations of plants like the encrusted saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata) grow along the shores of Lake Superior where summer temperatures are moderated by the lake’s cold waters. By fostering conditions that are suitable for relict arctic-alpine plants, these microclimates may serve as climate-change refugia.
The Scientific Naturalist series continues in the June issue of Ecology, where Cecala and Wilson Rankin detail how they paint-marked bees to track their foraging patterns on flowering plants inside commercial nurseries. Individual bees were highly consistent in their day-to-day flower choices, despite their florally diverse agricultural habitats, and insights into these foraging patterns could influence more effective conservation strategies.
In the April issue of Ecosphere, Riva et al. used a hierarchical model to disentangle the effects of habitat suitability and phenology on abundance of Arctic fritillaries, and its detectability by sampling different conditions of temperature, wind, cloud cover, and hour of the day, using the case study to discuss how the risk of false absences changes between species when sampling butterflies.
Reduced sea ice levels have forced polar bears to spend more time on land, resulting in thinner bears due to declining body condition and adult females which produce fewer cubs. In the June issue of Ecological Applications, Laidre et al. investigate the effects of sea ice loss on polar bear movements, body condition, and reproduction, using concurrent analysis of multiple data types collected over long periods.
Elephants and other non-ruminants are estimated to have high water requirements, even when corrected for body size. In the May issue of Ecological Monographs, Kihwele et al. quantify the water requirements of 48 African ungulates using a set of functional traits related to water losses. Their results suggest each single trait is a valuable indicator of ungulate water requirements.
- Ecological Society of America: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Editor-in-Chief June 2, 2020
- USDA ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory: Research Entomologist/Ecologist/Plant Physiologist/Plant Pathologist May 28, 2020
- USDA-ARS-PWA Pollinating Insects Research Unit: Research Entomologist- Bumble bee biology and population genetics May 22, 2020
- Cal Poly State University: Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of Forestry May 14, 2020
- Desert Research Institute: Executive Director for the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences May 1, 2020