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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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Beyond the corn field: Balancing fuel, food and biodiversity

New report outlines trade-offs of biofuel production The development of alternative fuel will greatly benefit the U.S., say scientists in an Energy Foundation-funded report published today by the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest organization of ecological scientists. However, in order to effectively reap the social and economic benefits of biofuel production, U.S. policies need to address potential…

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ESA and TWS publish final report on the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

Report summarizes the planning process and outlines recommendations The Ecological Society of America (ESA) and The Wildlife Society (TWS) recently published a final report describing the planning process that shaped the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and outlining recommendations for its structure and function. The NCCWSC, which was established in 2008 by Congress, is intended to help…

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Plantations Can Provide the Same Ecosystem Services as Natural Forests

Well-designed plantations can mitigate social, economic and environmental pressures Not all plantations need to be the biological deserts that have come to characterize large-scale, industrial plantations. According to scientists in a paper out in February’s issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, well-planned plantations can actually alleviate some of the social, economic and ecological burden currently being placed…

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Managing Ecosystems in a Changing Climate

Ecologists outline necessary actions for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate Global warming may impair the ability of ecosystems to perform vital services—such as providing food, clean water and carbon sequestration—says the nation’s largest organization of ecological scientists. In a statement released today, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) outlines strategies that focus on restoring and maintaining natural ecosystem…

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Even at Sublethal Levels, Pesticides may slow the Recovery of Wild Salmon Populations

h2>Exposure to common pesticides may hinder the growth and survival of ESA-listed salmon Biologists determined that short-term, seasonal exposure to pesticides in rivers and basins may limit the growth and size of wild salmon populations. In addition to the widespread deterioration of salmon habitats, these findings suggest that exposure to commonly used pesticides may further inhibit the recovery of threatened…

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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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