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Prof. Julie Lockwood Elected 2020 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America

By Rutgers University Julie Lockwood, chair and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, was elected a 2020 fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). The society’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy.   Lockwood’s research is helping to…

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Dramatic loss of food plants for insects

By University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn) 4/24/2020 Just a few weeks ago, everyone was talking about plummeting insect numbers. Academic discourse focused on three main causes: the destruction of habitats, pesticides in agriculture and the decline of food plants for insects. A team of researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest,…

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Deepwater charr, presumed extinct, reappears in Lake Constance

By Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology 4/21/2020 In Lake Constance, Eawag scientists have tracked down a charr species thought to have gone extinct – a surprising rediscovery raising numerous questions. The deepwater charr Salvelinus profundus is a small, pale fish endemic to Lake Constance. With its large eyes and overbite, it is well adapted to life in…

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Ocean warming halves coral reef fish communities

By University of Victoria 4/24/2020 Higher water temperatures linked to climate change slashed a Pacific Ocean coral reef fish community by half, according to a new study led by University of Victoria biologists that is one of the first studies to assess the direct impact of heat stress on reef fish.    “The devastating effects of climate change on corals…

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Black Locust & Drought – Field Study Suggests that Drought Diminishes its Nitrogen-Fixing Ability

By Sarah Farmer, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station 4/2/2020 With its symbiotic bacteria, black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) makes its own nitrogen fertilizer – and can share it with other tree species. “In early successional temperate forests, symbiotic nitrogen fixation is often the main source of new nitrogen,” says USDA Forest Service scientist Chelcy Miniat. But drought could slow the rate of symbiotic nitrogen fixation,…

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ESA Distinguished Service Citation Posthumously Awarded to Tony Janetos

By BU Pardee School of Global Studies 4/19/2020 The late Anthony Janetos, Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future from 2013-2019, has been posthumously awarded the Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2020 Distinguished Service Citation. The Distinguished Service Citation “recognizes long and distinguished volunteer service to ESA, the scientific community, and the larger purpose of…

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Levine receives prestigious ecological research award

By Princeton University 4/16/2020 Jonathan Levine, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB), is the 2020 recipient of the Ecological Society of America’s Robert H. MacArthur Award, the most prestigious mid-career accolade from the world’s largest professional organization of ecologists, representing more than 9,000 scientists around the world. Levine is the 20th winner of the award, which was established in 1983 in memory…

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Serita Frey Named Ecological Society of America Fellow

By The University of New Hampshire 4/15/2020 Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology at UNH, has been named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America. Frey was elected to this lifelong appointment for “substantial contributions to our understanding of how soil organisms respond to environmental change and in turn impact the services that ecosystems provide across both space and time,…

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National ecologists honor six MSU/FW scholars for innovation

By Michigan State University 4/16/2020 A team of authors that include five current or former members of MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS), will be honored for innovation by the world’s largest organization of professional ecologists. The Innovation in Sustainability Science Award from The Ecological Society of America (ESA, the world’s largest community of professional ecologists) will be shared…

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McDonough MacKenzie earns Ecological Society of America’s award for young scientists

By The University of Maine 4/16/2020 The Ecological Society of America named Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie a recipient of the George Mercer Award that recognizes outstanding recently published ecological research by scientists 40 years old and younger. The postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maine shares the award with Mason Heberling, who is the study’s first author, and with co-authors Jason…

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