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Ecological Society to hold Conference on Drought and Environmental Justice

Biological and social scientists team up to reduce water conflicts in times of drought The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will hold the first conference in its Millennium Series, titled “Water-Ecosystem Services, Drought, and Environmental Justice,” at the University of Georgia, Athens on Nov. 9-12. The conference will bring 100 scientists and managers from universities, federal agencies and local governments…

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Arctic Land and Seas Account for up to 25 percent of World’s Carbon Sink

New study shows that Arctic has potential to alter Earth’s climate In a new study in the journal Ecological Monographs, ecologists estimate that Arctic lands and oceans are responsible for up to 25 percent of the global net sink of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Under current predictions of global warming, this Arctic sink could be diminished or reversed, potentially accelerating predicted rates…

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Coral bleaching increases chances of coral disease

Disease can exacerbate coral bleaching, while bleaching leads to increased disease prevalence Mass coral bleaching has devastated coral colonies around the world for almost three decades. Now scientists have found that bleaching can make corals more susceptible to disease and, in turn, coral disease can exacerbate the negative effects of bleaching.  A paper in the October issue of the journalEcology shows…

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Exotic Timber Plantations Found To Use More Than Twice the Water of Native Forests

Vegetation in an area may determine its usable water supply, ecologists find Ecologists have discovered that timber plantations in Hawaii use more than twice the amount of water to grow as native forests use.  Especially for island ecosystems, these findings suggest that land management decisions can place ecosystems – and the people who depend on them – at high risk…

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Symposium to discuss geoengineering to fight climate change at the ESA Annual Meeting

Ecologists call techniques a risky strategy at large scales Geoengineering techniques aim to slow global warming by changing the composition of the Earth’s land, seas or atmosphere. But new research shows that the use of geoengineering to do environmental good may cause other environmental harm. In a symposium at the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, ecologists discuss the viability…

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Animal and Plant Communication at the ESA Annual Meeting

Chemicals camouflage bugs; pitcher plant colors don’t help attract prey; specialist caterpillars survive better than Animals and plants communicate with one another in a variety of ways: behavior, body patterns, and even chemistry. In a series of talks at the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting, to be held August 3-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, ecologists explore the myriad adaptations…

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Sustainable Agriculture at the ESA Annual Meeting

Using ecology to create long-term cropland health Advances in ecology increasingly reveal that conventional agricultural practices have detrimental effects on the landscape ecology, creating problems for long-term sustainability of crops. In a series of sessions at the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, ecologists will present their ideas on how our agricultural practices can take lessons from natural environments. Perennial…

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Urban Water Ecology at the ESA Annual Meeting

Stream pollution good for mosquitoes; lakefront development affects lake fish; greenroofs can save cities millions of gallons of water Increasingly, human urban development overlaps with habitat for wild animals and plants, creating environments that degrade natural landscapes. But people, animals and plants all have in common the need for healthy, sustainable freshwater ecosystems. In a series of presentations at the…

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New Mexico Senator Tom Udall to receive Regional Policy Award from the Ecological Society of America

ALBUQUERQUE—Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) will receive the second annual Regional Policy Award from the nation’s largest organization of ecologists at the meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) on Aug. 2. The award recognizes a regional or local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing his political decision-making with ecological science. “I appreciate this award not just because…

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Ecological Society of America and partners receive $207K NSF grant

Funding will advance participation of minority students in National Ecological Observatory Network The Ecological Society of America has received a $207,000 National Science Foundation grant to cultivate the participation of underrepresented institutions and students in science and education within the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).  The grant is in partnership with the Science and Engineering Alliance, Inc. (SEA) and NEON,…

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Sichuan Earthquake Caused Significant Damage to Giant Panda Habitat

Ecologists find 2008 earthquake destroyed nearly a quarter of panda habitat near quake’s epicenter When the magnitude 8 Sichuan earthquake struck southern China in May 2008, it left more than 69,000 people dead and 4.3 million homeless.  Now ecologists have added to these losses an assessment of the earthquake’s impact on biodiversity: namely, habitat for some of the last existing…

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Ecological Society of America Announces 2009 Award Recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present societal awards to five distinguished ecologists at its 94rd Annual Meeting on Monday, August 3, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 3,500 attendees are expected at this year’s meeting. Eminent Ecologist Award: Steven Hubbell Steven Hubbell of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute will receive this year’s…

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Ecological Society of America announces its 94th Annual Meeting

Registration is now open to the press for the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) 94th Annual Meeting, which will be held Aug. 2-7 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The meeting will include more than 3,500 scientists, students and educators, and will center around the theme, “Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society.” The scientific program will feature 24 symposia, 180 oral sessions, 95…

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Ecologists Identify Birds Struck in Hudson River Crash as Migratory Canada Geese

Data is crucial to minimizing birdstrikes, researchers say Using forensic data from feather remains, scientists have identified the birds that caused the Jan. 15 airline crash into the Hudson River as migratory Canada geese. The study, published online today in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, will help managers better assess how to prevent such strikes in the future….

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In the turf war against seaweed, coral reefs more resilient than expected

There’s little doubt that coral reefs the world over face threats on many fronts: pollution, diseases, destructive fishing practices and warming oceans. But reefs appear to be more resistant to one potential menace – seaweed – than previously thought, according to new research by a team of marine scientists from the United States and Australia. Their study is the first…

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Plants Could Override Climate Change Effects on Wildfires

Paleoecological data reveal strong influence of vegetation changes on wildfire frequency The increase in warmer and drier climates predicted to occur under climate change scenarios has led many scientists to also predict a global increase in the number of wildfires. But a new study in the May issue of Ecological Monographs shows that in some cases, changes in the types of plants…

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Ecologists Put Price Tag on Invasive Species

Research reports costs of invasive species’ damage to ecosystem services Invasive species can disrupt natural and human-made ecosystems, throwing food webs out of balance and damaging the services they provide to people. Now scientists have begun to put a price tag on this damage. In a study published this week in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment e-view, ecologists have…

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‘Ecology’ Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine

Special Libraries Association recognizes Ecological Society’s flagship journal Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America, has been voted one of the top 100 most influential journals in the fields of biology and medicine over the last 100 years. The recognition is the result of a poll conducted by the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special…

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