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February highlights from Ecological Society of America publications

Future of Alaskan forests, proliferation of plastic greenhouses, and the intersection of watershed protection and urban renewal   Weighing the costs and benefits of plastic vegetable greenhouses The economic benefits of intensive vegetable cultivation inside plastic greenhouses, particularly for small-holders, have driven a rapid mushrooming of long plastic tents in farmlands worldwide – but particularly in China, where they cover…

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Diverse People for a Diverse Science

ESA’s Leadership Meeting for Underrepresented Students   For immediate release: February 13, 2013 Contact: Nadine Lymn 202.833.8773, ext. 205; gro.asenull@enidan “Just watch these students—watch for their names.  They will continue to shine and you will keep coming across their names.  Some are already taking leadership roles and after this meeting will be doing even more to help bring ecology alive.” Teresa…

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Elk bones tell stories of life, death, and habitat use at Yellowstone National Park

Josh Miller likes to call himself a conservation paleobiologist. The label makes sense when he explains how he uses bones as up-to-last-season information on contemporary animal populations. Bones, he says, provide baseline ecological data on animals complementary to aerial counts, adding a historical component to live observation. In his November cover article for the Ecological Society of America’s journal Ecology, he…

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Conservation scientists look beyond greenbelts to connect wildlife sanctuaries

Landscape corridors and connectivity in conservation and restoration planning   We live in a human-dominated world. For many of our fellow creatures, this means a fragmented world, as human conduits to friends, family, and resources sever corridors that link the natural world. Our expanding web of highways, cities, and intensive agriculture traps many animals and plants in islands and cul-de-sacs…

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Global economic pressures trickle down to local landscape change, altering disease risk

The pressures of global trade may heighten disease incidence by dictating changes in land use. A boom in disease-carrying ticks and chiggers has followed the abandonment of rice cultivation in Taiwanese paddies, say ecologist Chi-Chien Kuo and colleagues, demonstrating the potential for global commodities pricing to drive the spread of infections. Their work appears in the September issue of ESA’s…

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Ken Bierly of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to receive ESA Regional Policy Award

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present its fifth annual Regional Policy Award to Ken Bierly of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board during the Society’s upcoming conference in Portland, Oregon. The ESA award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing political decision-making with ecological science. “We are delighted to present this prestigious…

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Inaugural cross-disciplinary Public Participation in Scientific Research conference gathers at the 97th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America

Special “Citizen Science” issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment accompanies the event   Media Advisory For immediate release: 20 July 2012 Contact: Liza Lester (202) 833-8773 x 211; gro.asenull@retsell   Though public participation in scientific research has deep roots in the history of science, in the last few years it has taken off spectacularly from launch pads across…

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The Ecology of Natural Gas

Scientists examine process chain of natural gas, from rural extraction to urban distribution   For immediate release: 12 July 2012 Contact: Nadine Lymn (202) 833-8773 x 205; gro.asenull@enidan   “Fracking” stories about shale gas extraction hit the news daily, fueling a growing conflagration between environmental protectionism and economic interests. Otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking has become a profitable venture…

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Ecological Society of America announces 2012 award recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present eight societal awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology during ESA’s 97th annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. The meeting, which will be held from August 5 – 10, is expected to draw over 4,500 scientists from around the globe to share their research and ideas. Eminent Ecologist Award: Robert Naiman, University of Washington,…

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