Communicating the Science of Ecology

ESA’s offices covering public affairs and publications routinely seek opportunities to share the work of ecologists — ESA members and authors in our journals — whose research and other efforts advance the science of ecology and educate policymakers and the public about the value and importance of our science. You can read more about it on the Ecotone blog or through any of ESA’s hundreds of touchpoints in the press.

ESA Research in the News

The ESA promotes research articles by issuing press releases and working with universities, organizations, and federal agencies that also seek to obtain press exposure. We regularly post news articles based on our journal articles. Here are some notable examples from 2018:


Ecological Monographs

  • Diel predator activity drives a dynamic landscape of fear 1002/ecm.1313
  • Necrobiome framework for bridging decomposition ecology of autotrophically and heterotrophically derived organic matter 10.1002/ecm.1331

Ecological Applications


  • Interacting and non‐linear avian responses to mixed‐severity wildfire and time since fire 10.1002/ecs2.2291
  • Confirmation of arboreal habits in Dromiciops gliroides: a key role in Chilean Temperate Rainforests 10.1002/ecs2.2424
  • Wildfire-mediated vegetation change in boreal forests of Alberta, Canada 10.1002/ecs2.2156

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

ESA Press Releases

Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help? 

Researchers observe a defense mechanism for caterpillars can attract unwanted attention December 17, 2018 
When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be treated … Read More »


ESA voices concern about EPA’s effort to weaken the Clean Water Rule

December 11, 2018
The Ecological Society of America is concerned with the proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … Read More »


Ecologists Ask: Should We Be More Transparent with Data?

Open, readily-usable data sets and code will grow more important in future scientific research, saving time and effort for reviewers, investigators, and authors   October 26, 2018
Computational reproducibility … Read More »


South American Marsupials Discovered to Reach New Heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy   October 18, 2018
In the Andean forests along … Read More »


Alaskan Carbon Assessment Has Implications For National Climate Policy

A special article collection in Ecological Applications looks into how the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stored in forests, permafrost, lakes, and rivers interact   October 5, 2018  Read More »

Read the rest of ESA’s press releases here