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ESA will highlight urban ecology during USA Science & Engineering Festival

President Steward Pickett and other ESA members to talk to kids and families about ecology in nation’s capitol WASHINGTON, DC – The Ecological Society of America (ESA), a professional organization of 10,000 ecological scientists, will join 500 other scientific societies for the second annual USA Science & Engineering Festival on April 28 and 29 in Washington, DC. Hosted by Lockheed…

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Registration opens for the Ecological Society of America’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Portland, Ore.

Exploring Life on Earth: Preserving, Utilizing and Sustaining our Ecosystems   Registration is now open for the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) 97th Annual Meeting on August 5-10, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. The meeting is expected to draw more than 4,300 scientists, policy makers, educators and concerned citizens to share emerging research. Jane Lubchenco, an Oregon State marine ecologist and…

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Mud manifests history of clear water in murky Minnesota duck depot Lake Christina

Implications for ducks, fish, and landscape management During peak migration days in the early 1900s, tens of thousands of canvasback ducks could be seen floating and diving on Minnesota’s Lake Christina. Since midcentury, changes to the lake have diminished this grand, iconic spectacle. Restoring it will require both top-down control of life in the lake, and bottom-up management of the surrounding…

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Conference to develop ecologically-based conservation strategies for a future of global change, Feb 27th – Mar 1st, 2012

Ecosystems are shifting under pressure from human activities, invasive species, and a changing climate, presenting us with hard philosophical and practical choices on conservation strategy. Should we preserve parkland as time capsules of past and current wilderness, or embrace changing species ranges and demographics to encourage new diversity as new ecosystems form? Eighty scientists, policy makers and resource managers will…

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ESA Announces 2012 Graduate Student Policy Award Winners

Graduate students from Washington University, University of Tennessee and Florida International University will travel to nation’s capital to speak to lawmakers about investment in science WASHINGTON, DC – The Ecological Society of America (ESA), a professional organization of 10,000 ecological scientists, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2012 Graduate Student Policy Award.   The award affords ESA graduate student…

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Solutions for a nitrogen-soaked world

Interdisciplinary panel reviews US nitrogen pollution trends, risks, and mitigation strategies Nitrogen is both an essential nutrient and a pollutant, a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion and a fertilizer that feeds billions, a benefit and a hazard, depending on form, location, and quantity. Agriculture, industry and transportation have spread nitrogen liberally around the planet, say sixteen scientists in the latest…

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Using air pollution thresholds to protect and restore ecosystem health

New report reviews strategies to monitor and set standards for mercury, sulfur and nitrogen emissions   Air pollution is changing our environment and undermining many benefits we rely on from wild lands, threatening water purity, food production, and climate stability, according to a team of scientists writing in the 14th edition of the Ecological Society of America’s Issues in Ecology. In…

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Location vs. ‘catchability’ in recreational fishing, salmon and the evolution of a newborn stream ecosystem, and the expanding threat to freshwater resources from natural gas exploration

This month in ecological science: the evolution of a stream, from barren moonscape to salmon run, modeling the contribution of sport fishermen’s skills and preferences to patterns of overfishing, and the unknown risks of fracking for nearby streams and rivers. These articles are published in the October issues of the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) journals. Evolution of a Stream:…

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Evolutionary traps, invasive yellow starthistle’s favorable response to carbon dioxide and plant breeding for harmony between agriculture and the environment

This month in ecological science, researchers report on evolutionary traps, the strong response of an undesirable non-native plant to elevated CO2 and the potential of new crop cultivars to meet human needs and ease environmental costs of agriculture. These articles are published in the September issues of the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) journals. Evolutionary traps in human-dominated landscapes A…

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Steward T.A. Pickett named President of the Ecological Society of America (2011-2012)

Steward T.A. Pickett, a plant ecologist with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies has been named President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Elected by the members of ESA for a one-year term, Pickett presides over the world’s largest professional society of ecologists. Its membership comprises of 10,000 researchers, educators, natural resource managers, and students representing over 20 topical…

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