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Ecological Society of America announces 2014 award recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present ten awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession during the Society’s 99th Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, August 11, at 8 AM in the historic Memorial auditorium near the Sacramento Convention Center.

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A lovely Augochlora pura extends half of its tongue. A. pura is a member of the relatively short-tongued Halictidae family, uprettily known as the sweat bees. The small, solitary bee is one of the most common bees of forests and forest edges in the eastern United States, where it forages from a large variety of flowers. . Collected by Phillip Moore in Polk County, Tennessee. Photograph by Phillip Moore. Photo courtesy of the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

For bees (and flowers), tongue size matters

When it comes to bee tongues, length is proportional to the size of the bee, but heritage sets the proportion. Estimating this hard to measure trait helps scientists understand bee species’ resiliency to change. Ecologists will report on this and other pollination research news at the Ecological Society of America’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Cal., August 10-15.

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Ecologists converge on Sacramento, Cal. for the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America August 10-15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, June 16, 2014 Contact: Liza Lester (202) 833-8773 x 211; gro.asenull@retsell   The Ecological Society of America’s 99th Annual Meeting “From Oceans to Mountains: It’s all Ecology” will meet in Sacramento, Cal., from Sunday evening, August 10, to Friday morning, August 15, at the Sacramento Convention Center. ESA invites press and institutional public information officers to…

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ESA announces 2014 Fellows

For immediate release: 11 June 2014 Contact: Alison Mize, gro.asenull@nosilA 202.833.8773, ext. 205   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is pleased to announce its 2014 fellows. The Society’s fellows program recognizes the many ways in which our members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and to management and policy. ESA fellows and early career fellows…

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An adult emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis). Credit, K Oten.

Slowing the insect invasion: wood packaging sanitation policy yields US $11.7 billion net benefit

Risk analysis finds savings for homeowners and local governments of excluding invasive pests like the emerald ash borer outweigh added cost to imported goods FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 23, 2014 Contact: Liza Lester (202) 833-8773 x 211; gro.asenull@retsell     The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis), a recent insect immigrant to North America carried in with the wooden packing material…

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Crocodile tears please thirsty butterflies and bees

EMBARGOED until: 12:01 am EDT on Thursday, May 1, 2014 Contact: Liza Lester  (202) 83308773 x211; gro.asenull@retsell   The butterfly (Dryas iulia) and the bee (Centris sp.) were most likely seeking scarce minerals and an extra boost of protein. On a beautiful December day in 2013, they found the precious nutrients in the tears of a spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus),…

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Sage grouse losing habitat to fire as endangered species decision looms

Post-wildfire stabilization treatment has not aided habitat restoration for the imperiled Great Plains birds.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, 2 April 2014Contact: Liza Lester (202) 833-8773 x 211; gro.asenull@retsell   As fires sweep more frequently across the American Great Basin, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has been tasked with reseeding the burned landscapes to stabilize soils. BLM’s interventions…

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ESA Announces 2014 Graduate Student Policy Award Winners

WASHINGTON, DC – The Ecological Society of America has selected the 2014 recipients of its annual Graduate Student Policy Award: Sarah Anderson (Washington State University), Andrew Bingham (Colorado State University), Amber Childress (Colorado State University), Brittany West Marsden (University of Maryland) and Johanna Varner (University of Utah). The five students will travel to Washington, DC in April to participate in policy…

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Mangrove islands like these along the upper Lostman’s River in Everglades National Park protect coastlines from stormy waves, storm surge, and erosion – expected to increasingly threaten coastal cities and townships as sea levels rise. Investments in “soft” engineering protections against storm damage, like wetlands and oyster reef restoration, can be cheaper in the long run than seawalls, breakwaters, and groins, and offer benefits for wildlife, fisheries, and recreation. Credit, Paul Nelson, USGS.

Special issue of ESA Frontiers assesses the impacts of climate change on people and ecosystems, and strategies for adaptation

The November 2013 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is devoted to an assessment of climate change effects on ecosystems, and the consequences for people. Impacts on natural systems have direct consequences for food production, water, storm damage, and fire intensity. Working with, rather than against, ecosystems may help society to adapt to changes that threaten lives and property. Adaptation efforts may need to think beyond the preservation of historic natural communities.

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