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About Issues In Ecology

Issues in Ecology is an official publication of the Ecological Society of America, the largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. Founded in 1915, ESA seeks to promote the responsible application of ecological principles to the solution of environmental problems. Issues in Ecology uses commonly-understood language to report the consensus of a panel of scientific experts on issues related to the environment. The audience for Issues in Ecology includes decision-makers at all levels for whom an objective presentation of the underlying science will increase the occurrence of ecologically-informed decisions. Issues in Ecology aims to build public understanding of the importance of the products and services provided by the environment to society. Recommended policy or management actions are not necessary, but may be included in Issues. The text for every Issues in Ecology is reviewed for technical content by external expert reviewers. While each Issue will stand alone, ESA will also consider publishing up to four Issues under one theme to address different aspects of broad ecological issues, such as the carbon cycle, ecology and agriculture, or causes or effects of climate change. Serita Frey is the Editor-in-Chief for this series.

Permissions requests for Issues in Ecology should be directed to gro.asenull@QHASE .

About

The Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to:

  • promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists;
  • raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science;
  • increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and
  • ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.

Ecology is the scientific discipline that is concerned with the relationships between organisms and their past, present, and future environments. These relationships include physiological responses of individuals, structure and dynamics of populations, interactions among species, organization of biological communities, and processing of energy and matter in ecosystems.

ESA’s over 9,000 members conduct research, teach, and use ecological science to address environmental issues that include:

  • biotechnology
  • natural resource management
  • ecological restoration
  • ozone depletion and global climate change
  • ecosystem management
  • species extinction and loss of biological diversity
  • habitat alteration and destruction
  • sustainable ecological systems

ESA publishes a suite of publications, from peer-reviewed journals to newsletters, fact sheets and teaching resources.

ESA’s Mission

The Ecological Society of America advances the science and practice of ecology and supports ecologists throughout their careers.

ESA’s Vision

The Ecological Society of America envisions a future where people embrace science to understand and foster a thriving planet.

ESA’s Values

  • Integrity:
    ESA is a trusted source of scientific knowledge that serves as a foundation for understanding and action.
  • Inclusion:
    ESA provides the community of ecologists of diverse backgrounds, heritage, and career paths with a supportive home that advances their aspirations.
  • Adaptability:
    ESA responds creatively to continuous change in our natural and social environments.