Over 2,500 ecologists gathered in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August to share ecological research.
With a rapidly changing climate, altered hydrological and nutrient cycles, dominance of large regions by agricultural and urban ecosystems, and massive movement of species to new continents, the Earth has entered a new epoch characterized by human influence. Understanding the basic principles of ecology will be more important than ever before, to predict how new combinations of species in new environments will develop into functioning, novel ecosystems.
Building on The Ecological Society of America’s 2015 Centennial meeting—Ecological Science at the Frontier—the 101st annual meeting supported sessions that explored how ecosystem structure and function respond to multiple drivers of change, how resource managers can cope with developing novel ecosystems, and potential benefits and problems that society faces as we progress into the Anthropocene Epoch.
This year we said goodbye to long-time ESA Meeting Manager, Michelle Horton who retired. ESA thanks her for the dedicated and stellar service to ESA and its members. We also welcomed Christi Nam as our new meeting manager. This year’s meeting was a joint effort between Michelle and Christi and the transition was seamless. President Monica Turner presented Michelle with a recognition of service award during the Scientific Plenary.
Lynn Scarlett Opens the 2016 Annual Meeting
–Conservation for people and nature
The worldwide Managing Director for Public Policy at The Nature Conservancy addressed the intersecting needs of people and nature and the integration of science in decision-making at the Opening Plenary of the 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society on Sunday 7 August 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Awards & Giving Back
ESA presented fourteen awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession.
- Eminent Ecologist Award: Jerry F. Franklin
- Eugene P. Odum Education Award: Carolyn Thomas and Bob Pohlad
- Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award: Frank Day
- ESA Distinguished Service Citation: Carol Brewer
- Whittaker Travel Award: Simoneta Negrete Yankelevich and Ezatollah Karami
- Honorary Membership Award: Richard Hobbs
- W.S. Cooper Award: E. Laliberte, G. Zemunik and B.L. Turner
- George Mercer Award: Jenifer R. Gremer and D. Lawrence Venable
- Murray F. Buell Award: Cody S. Clements
- Lucy Braun Award: Timothy Fegel
- Robert H. MacArthur Award: Anurag Agrawal
- Sustainability Science Award: M.A. Palmer and J.B. Ruhl
- Innovation in Sustainability Science Award: A.E. Sutton-Grier, Kateryna Wowk and H. Bamford
- Forrest Shreve Student Research Award: Nameer Baker and Camila Madeiros
paper on coastal resilience wins the #ESA2016 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award
presented with the Cooper Award for an outstanding research publication in the field of geobotany
Durning the Opening Plenary, ESA presented Shannon Estenoz with the Regional Policy Award for her work on behalf of the restoration of the Florida Everglades.
ESA donated $12,735 to offset the associated environmental impacts of the meeting to Archbold Biological Station.
The Annual Meeting in the News
Photos and social media from the 2016 gathering in Fort Lauderdale
Blogging the meeting
- “Reflecting on ESA2016 ‘Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene’: Three Ecologists Provide Contrasting Perspectives.” (audio interviews) Journal of Ecology Blog
- “ESA 2016: Niche Partitioning and Rapid Adaptation of Urban Anoles.” James Stroud, Anole Annals
- “Of Big Meetings and Me.” Isabelle Laforest-L.
- “The importance of #upgoESA experiment by @DrHolly #ESA2016.” Christopher Lortie
- “#ESA2016 open thread (UPDATEDx2).” Jeremy Fox, Dynamic Ecology”
- “Annual meetings trivia – Fort Lauderdale edition.” Susannah Tysor, ESA Historical Records Committee blog
- “Ecology on the Runway.” Paul Gebrielsen, University of Texas @TheU
- “Function over Form: Predicting Disturbance Responses with Functional Traits at ESA 2016.” Uma Nagendra, PLoS Ecology Community blog
- “The fore-front of Restoration Ecology at ESA 2016.” Liz Kimbrough, PLoS Ecology Community blog
- “Science Communication, Simple Words, and Story Telling at ESA 2016.” Cailin McDonough, PLoS Ecology Community blog
- “Leveraging the Power of Biodiversity Specimen Data for Ecological Research.” Cailin McDonough, PLoS Ecology Community blog
- “Invasion Ecology at ESA 2016.” Kelsey K Graham, PLoS Ecology Community blog
- “Augmenting the Reality of Ecology Education.” Uma Nagendra, PLoS Ecology Community blog
— Ecological Society (@ESA_org) August 4, 2016
— Shishir Paudel (@ShishirPaudel3) August 13, 2016
— Jorge Ramos (@JorgeRH2O) August 12, 2016
— Holly Menninger (@DrHolly) July 27, 2016
— Thomas E. Keller (@tek_keller) August 15, 2016
— Jean-Yves Barnagaud (@jybarnagaud) August 12, 2016
— stephen murphy (@prof_smurph) August 12, 2016
— NSF Biology (@NSF_BIO) August 13, 2016
— Amy Burgin (@burginam) August 22, 2016
— Emily Rollinson (@ejrollinson) August 13, 2016
— Jorge Ramos (@JorgeRH2O) August 11, 2016
— Jere Boudell (@Apps4Ecology) August 13, 2016
— M.K. Marshall (@greenkels) August 11, 2016
— Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) August 19, 2016
1/2 Was tired last night and when a friend asked me what my talk was about. I said "Science crap. About the Everglades. "#ESA2016
— Christa Zweig (@xazweig) August 12, 2016
Administration & Meetings Staff
(August 2015 – August 2016)
Convention and Meetings Manager: Christi R. Nam (June 2016-present) and Michelle Horton (August 2015-June 2016)
Exhibits and Meetings Manager: Faye Pastor (February 2016-present) and Tricia Cocker (August 2015-December 2015)
Associate Director, Information Systems: Thet Khaing Oo
Webmaster: Gordon Potter
Membership Manager: Tanya Pendleton
Administrative Assistant & Governance: Maya Sohn
(August 2015 – August 2016)
Kiyoko Miyanishi: Co-Chair and Future Meeting Chair
Carol Brewer: Co-Chair Future Meetings
Lee Frelich, Program Chair
Brian Benscoter, Local Host Chair
Jessica Gurevich, ESA Secretary
Jayne Belnap, VP of Science