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Osvaldo Sala Begins Tenure as ESA President

Dr. Sala of Arizona State University became President of ESA on August 16 during the Society’s Annual Meeting. Sala is the first Hispanic person to serve in this role in the organization’s over-100-year history.

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Submit a Paper Session

Submit a Paper Session

We invite proposals for Symposia, Inspire and Organized Oral Sessions for ESA's 105th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The meeting theme is "Harnessing the Ecological Data Revolution".
Proposals must be submitted through the online form by September 19, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (2:00 Pacific). No late or emailed proposals will be considered.

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New Training Opportunities

New Training Opportunities

Sustaining Biological Infrastructure:

  • October 15-17: Join us for 3 days to hone your skills in fundraising, communications, and strategic planning.
    Registration deadline: September 13
  • December 10-11: NEW course: Creating a Successful Business Plan. We’ll provide the tools and information you need to construct a business plan for your project or program.

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Environmental Offsets in Louisville

Environmental Offsets in Louisville

Lousiville Annual Meeting LogoThe Ecological Society of America (ESA) will donate over $13,800 to Louisville Grows to offset the environmental costs of the society’s 104th Annual Meeting, whose mission is to grow greener, healthier neighborhoods.

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  • Structural Complexity in Forests Improves Carbon Capture

    By University of Connecticut 8/28/2019 Forests in the eastern United States that are structurally complex — meaning the arrangement of vegetation is varied throughout the physical space — sequester more carbon, according to a new study in Ecology, a journal of the Ecological Society of America. The study by researchers at the University of Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Purdue University, demonstrates for…

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  • Policy News: September 9, 2019

    In This Issue: Multi-society Letter on Foreign Influence Sixty scientific societies respond to increased scrutiny of foreign influence and espionage in science. Administration Finalizes Endangered Species Act Regulations, Environmental Groups Challenge Changes in Courts Changes would allow agencies incorporate economic considerations into listing decisions and reverse a rule that automatically gives threatened species similar protections as endangered species. Congress House…

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  • Discovering longfin smelt in new habitats raises questions about long-term surveys

    Longfin smelt use a greater diversity of spawning areas than previously known, complicating current methods of population assessments and projections for the highly endangered fish.

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Journals & Publications

  • Ecological Applications

    Ecological Applications

    As cities expand, there are calls for urban greenspaces to provide benefits to people and biodiversity. In the September issue of Ecological Applications, Norton et al. show meadows had more diverse and compositionally different plant, invertebrate, and soil microbial communities compared with short mown grassland that dominates much urban greenspace.

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  • Ecological Monographs

    Ecological Monographs

    In their research published in the August issue of Ecological Monographs, Nowicki et al. quantified impacts of widespread seagrass loss to tropical marine megafauna, revealing that marine heat waves during extreme climatic events can have dramatic indirect impacts to consumer species, even when they withstand the heat wave itself.

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  • Bulletin


    There are many ways to approach science communication. In the April issue of the ESA Bulletin, Bayer and Hettinger explore storytelling as a way to build bridges between scientists and community members.

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  • Ecosphere


    In the July issue of Ecosphere, Epstein et al. examined the impact of the invasive Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida (‘Wakame’) on native assemblages, like that illustrated here, at a heavily invaded site in the UK. The manipulation showed that Undaria exerted subtle but significant negative effects, particularly on a native kelp species with a similar life history, suggesting that even subtle impacts on native assemblages should be considered before robust management prioritizations are made.

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  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

    In the September issue of Frontiers, Stephens et al. explore how fire and forest management strategies in two different regions have helped or hindered conservation efforts for two iconic bird species. In the western US, fire exclusion and other practices have led to catastrophic fires that threaten the nesting habitat of spotted owls (Strix occidentalis), while in the South, active fire management and restoration thinning have boosted red cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) populations.

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  • Ecology


    In the September issue of Ecology, Mougeot et al. show that weasels and common voles exhibit multi-annual cycles in Mediterranean farmlands, finding weasels respond numerically to changes in vole abundance with a short time-lag, incompatible with the hypothesis that weasels caused the observed vole cycles.

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