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The preliminary program for the 2019 ESA+USSEE Annual Meeting is available to view -- learn about our plenary speakers, field trips, symposia and more, and start building your schedule!

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Membership Services

Membership Services

ESA members, renew today to keep your benefits—Annual Meeting discounts and publishing grants, among so many others—going through next year. Thinking of joining for the first time? Here are just a few reasons why you should!

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Wetland Buffers Are No Substitute for Landscape‐scale Conservation

Wetland Buffers Are No Substitute for Landscape‐scale Conservation

Many agricultural water protection policies around the world recommend 5 to 50 m wide uncropped buffers around water bodies to protect wetlands from contamination by fertilizers and pesticides. In the April issue of Ecosphere, Sawatzky and Fahrig found that such wetland buffers do not effectively protect wetlands from agricultural contamination, but offer a solution.

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Bridging Communities & Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative

Bridging Communities & Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative

Inclusive approaches to ecology can build bridges between theory and practice, connect those working in disparate landscapes and subdisciplines, and incorporate diverse perspectives. For 2019, we made inclusion the theme of our Annual Meeting.

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News

  • Prescribed Burns Over the Long Haul: Ponderosa Pine Vegetation Resists Effects of Low-Severity Fire

    By U.S. Forest Service – Pacific Northwest Research Station 5/23/2019 Prescribed burning is an important active management approach that can address the fuel buildup and wildfire hazards that currently face western forests after a century of fire exclusion and suppression. Although prescribed burns are applied widely across the United States, their effects aren’t always well-documented. That means managers can’t anticipate…

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  • Lengthy Study Shows Value of Soil Health and Forest Restoration after Damaging Events

    By UC Merced 5/23/2019 A nine-year experiment by a UC Merced Department of Life and Environmental Sciences professor and his colleagues is illuminating the importance of soil carbon in maintaining healthy and functioning ecosystems because of its influence on the microbial communities that live in soil. These communities’ health can help researchers understand the effects of climate change. Professor Stephen C….

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  • Study finds link between backyard birds and tiger sharks

    By Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium 5/21/2019 A new study has found that songbirds are a remarkably common part of young tiger sharks’ diets. The study is described in the article “Tiger sharks eat songbirds: scavenging a windfall of nutrients from the sky,” which was published today in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology. Scientists investigated the stomach contents of 105 neonate (i.e. newborn) tiger sharks…

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Journals & Publications

  • Ecological Applications

    Ecological Applications

    During commercial harvesting of brine shrimp eggs in Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA floating eggs aggregate with currents and harvesters concentrate eggs and vacuum them up. In the April 2019 issue of Ecological Applications, Belovsky and Perschon present at 20-year management study that developed a model ensuring abundant shrimp for both avian consumption and egg harvesting.

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  • Ecological Monographs

    Ecological Monographs

    The relationship between animals and their gut flora is simultaneously one of the most common and most complex symbioses on Earth. In the May 2019 issue of Ecological Monographs, Ravenscraft et al. characterize variation of the gut microbiota within and among butterfly species, increasing our understanding of how this hidden symbiosis affects and is affected by its host.

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  • Bulletin

    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

    Ecosphere

    Many agricultural water protection policies around the world recommend 5 to 50 m wide uncropped buffers around water bodies to protect wetlands from contamination by fertilizers and pesticides. In the April issue of Ecosphere, Sawatzky and Fahrig found that such wetland buffers do not effectively protect wetlands from contamination by agricultural contaminants, but conserving ~40% uncropped land within a 150–300 m radius of wetlands may alleviate such contamination.

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  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

    Natural history archives at universities and museums often house large collections of fossilized and preserved specimens, many of which contain evidence of parasites. In the April issue of Frontiers, Harmon et al. demonstrate that such specimens – including fecal samples, animal skins, and liquid-preserved hosts – can yield valuable information on how parasites have contributed to wildlife disease over the centuries.

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  • Ecology

    Ecology

    Predicting the long‐term consequences of habitat alteration for the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem function requires an understanding of how ecological filters drive taxonomic and functional biodiversity loss. Results presented by Hung et al. in the May 2019 issue suggest that ecological filtering altered bee assemblages in habitat fragments, even when such fragments contained well‐preserved native plant assemblages, underscoring the importance of preserving large areas of natural habitat for the conservation of bees.

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Membership with the ESA

The Ecological Society of America is a community of 9,000 scientists, researchers, decisionmakers, policy managers and educators who are dedicated to understanding life on earth. Membership means a wealth of benefits and opportunities to advance scientifically and professionally -- learn more about us and join today!