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Ecological Society of America announces 2010 award recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present seven societal awards to distinguished ecologists at its 95th Annual Meeting from August 1-6, 2010 in Pittsburgh. The meeting, which has the theme “Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future,” draws a critical combination of more than 3,000 scientists, policymakers and concerned citizens to explore the causes…

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Citizen science: Birders contribute valuable data on invasive plant species

In an effort to assess ties between birds’ feeding habits and the spread of nonnative invasive plants, researchers provided ornithologists from four U.S. states with questionnaires on daily bird-plant encounters. The 1,143 unique interactions reported by the birders laid the groundwork for a study on the role of native birds in the seed dispersal of invasive plants throughout the U.S….

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Ecological Society of America explores global warming at its 95th Annual Meeting

Registration opens for the meeting of the world’s largest organization of ecological scientists Registration is now open to the press for the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) 95th Annual Meeting which will be held August 1-6, 2010 in Pittsburgh. The meeting, which has the theme “Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future,” draws a critical combination of…

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Strategies for increasing carbon stored in forests and wood

Scientists review the benefits and tradeoffs of current methods in forest carbon storage While the U.S. and other world leaders consider options for offsetting carbon emissions, it is important to take into account the role forests play in the global carbon cycle, say scientists in a paper published in the spring edition of Issues in Ecology. Currently, the carbon stored in…

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Experts in marine biology and ecology available to discuss oil spill

Scientists specializing in marine wildlife, offshore oil production and coastal areas are available The Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest organization of ecological scientists, recommends six members of its Rapid Response Team (RRT) to discuss the current and future status of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as it pertains to wildlife and ecosystems. These experts have backgrounds…

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Sustainable biofuels from forests, grasslands and rangelands

Analyzing biofuel sources and predicting effects on water, soil and the atmosphere The promise of switchgrass, the challenges for forests and the costs of corn-based ethanol production: Ecological scientists review the many factors surrounding biofuel crop production and its implications on ecosystem health in three new Biofuels and Sustainability Reports. Produced by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest…

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DNA barcoding reveals mislabeled cod and haddock in Dublin

Scientists identify 25% of cod and haddock in Dublin seafood industry as different species Ecological scientists in Ireland recently used DNA barcoding to identify species of fish labeled as either “cod” or “haddock” in fish and chip shops, fresh fish counters and supermarkets in 10 postal districts in Dublin. They found that 39 out of 156 (25%) randomly sampled “cod”…

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Nation’s largest organization of ecologists offers expert database

Scientists specializing in climate change, invasive species, urban ecology and more available online The Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest organization of ecological scientists, unveiled its updated resource for policymakers and members of the media today: the Rapid Response Team (RRT) database, an ESA resource for several years that is now fully searchable. Users can find ecological scientists…

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From international harbor to native habitat

Detecting exotic pests before forest and agricultural invasion In the 1930s, soil used as ballast to weigh down cargo ships from South America to Mobile, Alabama introduced the red imported fire ant to the southern United States. Since then, the ants have been found as far north as Maryland and as far west as California, shorting out streetlights and eating…

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ESA Announces 2010 Graduate Student Policy Award Winners

Graduate students from Cornell, University of Hawaii, and Notre Dame will travel to the nation’s capital to speak to lawmakers about federal support of biological sciences WASHINGTON, DC — The Ecological Society of America (ESA), a professional organization of 10,000 ecological scientists, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2010 Graduate Student Policy Award.   The award affords ESA graduate…

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