Annual Meeting

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.

ESA Annual Meeting 2016

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

ESA donates $12,000 in carbon offsets to Florida’s Archbold Biological Station As one way to offset environmental…

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Jennifer Gremer and Larry Venable’s

bet-hedging wins them the #ESA2016 Mercer Award
Mercer Award

Carolyn Thomas & Bob Pohlad

share the #ESA2016 Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education
Odum Award

Carol Brewer

honored with the 2016 Distinguished Service Citation

Distinguished Service

Anurag Agrawal

receives 2016 Robert H. MacArthur Award

MacArthur Award

Jerry Franklin

named the Ecological Society of America’s 2016 Eminent Ecologist

Eminent Ecologist

Margaret Palmer and JB Ruhl’s

critical review of restoration science law wins the #ESA2016 Sustainability Science Award

Sustainability Science

Ariana Sutton-Grier, Kateryna Wowk, & Holly Bamford's

paper on coastal resilience wins the #ESA2016 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award

Sustainability Innovation

Etienne Laliberté, Graham Zemunik, & Benjamin Turner

presented with the Cooper Award for an outstanding research publication in the field of geobotany

Cooper Award

Frank Day

honored for Commitment to Human Diversity


Cody Clements & Tim Fegel

win the Murray F. Buell  and E. Lucy Braun Awards for an outstanding research talk  and poster presented by students at the Annual Meeting
Student Awards

Nameer Baker & Camila Medeiros

awarded the #ESA2016 Forest Shreve Student Research Fund

Forest Shreve Awards

Richard Hobbs

named Honorary Member of ESA

Honorary Member

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.

*ESA honors Shannon Estenoz with the 2016 Regional Policy Award for her work on behalf of the restoration of the Florida…

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The Annual Meeting in the News

LNG 1-3

Erupting volcanoes promote species regeneration on the other side of the world: the inter-connectedness of geology, climate and ecosystems

Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 8:10 AM
Floridian Blrm BC, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Taly Dawn Drezner, Geography, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

COS 64-6

Despite lower levels of neophobia, black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) lose resources to kleptoparasitism by nearby American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Thursday, August 11, 2016: 10:30 AM
305, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Rhea M. M. Esposito and Daniel J. Povinelli, Biology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Photos and social media from the 2016 gathering in Fort Lauderdale

“I love it when I wear my jacket and people stop me on the street to ask me about it,” said Nalini Nadkarni,…

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Blogging the meeting


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

Meetings Committee
(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

Joshua Scholl
Tim Schowalter
Chris Swan
Caz Taylor

Jessica Gurevich, ESA Secretary
Jayne Belnap,  VP of Science