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Why charismatic, introduced species are so difficult to manage

Researchers say mismatches of scale between social and ecological systems are a key contributor to many conflicts involving introduced-species management   February 4, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Introduced and invasive species can present big problems, particularly when those species are charismatic, finds a recently published paper in the Ecological Society of America’s…

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A shark hunts along the sea bed with coral and rocks.

ESA Tipsheet for January 31, 2019

Upcoming research in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on January 31, 2019 in the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Parks for sharks are most successful when humans…

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An Icy Forecast for Ringed Seal Populations

New mathematical model shows dramatic decreases in ringed seal populations due to projected low snow conditions   January 23, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 12.8 percent per decade – 2012 had the lowest amount of summer ice on record. The drastic change has…

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ESA Endorses Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework

January 14, 2018 For Immediate Release Contacts: Teresa Mourad, 202-833-8775, gro.asenull@aseret                  Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, gro.asenull@nosila   The Ecological Society of America announces a Society-endorsed undergraduate education framework, termed the Four-Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) framework. The 4DEE framework positions ESA as a leader in educational programming and/or professional development, provides opportunities to expand membership and partnerships, and can serve as a…

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Elephants take to the road for reliable resources

In a national park, researchers study African elephant movement and vegetation using satellites January 9, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   An elephant never forgets. This seems to be the case, at least, for elephants roaming about Namibia, looking for food, fresh water, and other resources. The relationship between resource availability and wildlife movement…

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Does mountaintop removal also remove rattlesnakes?

Mining operations in Appalachia permanently alter habitat availability for rattlesnakes   January 3, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   On the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Kentucky, surface coal mining is destroying ridgelines and mountaintops, and along with them, the habitat of a surprisingly gentle reptile species – the timber rattlesnake. “Timber rattlesnakes may be…

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ESA Tipsheet for January 2019

Upcoming research in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment   December 28, 2018 For immediate release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on January 3, 2019 in the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. Flashing lights can protect alpaca and llama herds from…

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Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help? 

Researchers observe a defense mechanism for caterpillars can attract unwanted attention December 17, 2018  For Immediate Release   Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz    When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be treated like one.  This is exactly what happened in Costa Rica earlier this year, when researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what…

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ESA voices concern about EPA’s effort to weaken the Clean Water Rule

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 x205, gro.asenull@nosila   The Ecological Society of America is concerned with the proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS). ESA urges the agencies to…

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Ecological Society of America Announces New Appointments to Governing Board

November 13, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, gro.asenull@nosila   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is proud to announce the election results of its Governing Board Members. Those selected by the membership to serve are President Elect for 2020 Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Vice-President for Science Diane Pataki, University of Utah; Secretary Jessica Gurevitch,…

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Ecologists Ask: Should We Be More Transparent with Data?

Open, readily-usable data sets and code will grow more important in future scientific research, saving time and effort for reviewers, investigators, and authors   October 26, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Computational reproducibility – the ability to accurately reproduce outcomes from data sets using the same code and software – will be an…

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South American Marsupials Discovered to Reach New Heights

For the first time, scientists catch on camera a tiny marsupial climbing higher than previously thought in the forest canopy   October 18, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   In the Andean forests along the border of Chile and Argentina, there have long been speculations that the mouse-sized marsupial monito del monte (Dromiciops gliroides)…

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Alaskan Carbon Assessment Has Implications For National Climate Policy

A special article collection in Ecological Applications looks into how the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stored in forests, permafrost, lakes, and rivers interact   October 5, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz   Alaska’s land mass is equal to the size of one-fifth of the continental United States, yet stores about half of…

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Cobra Cannibalism More Prevalent Than Previously Thought

October 2, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz Last spring, researchers in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert found a large male cape cobra devouring another smaller male of the same species. Surprised by the thought-to-be-rare event, they decided to investigate how common and widespread cannibalism was in cobras. Apart from a few species, scientific understanding of…

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Laura Huenneke selected to lead as President of the Ecological Society of America for 2018-2019 term

Friday, 10 August 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 ext. 205; cell, 703-625-3628, gro.asenull@nosilA   Laura Huenneke, an ecologist and conservation scientist who has also served in university and nonprofit leadership positions, became President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) during the Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. Elected by the members of ESA for a…

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The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana receives environmental offsets from the Ecological Society of America

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America:  Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 August 7, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz New Orleans on-site press room: 504-670-6402   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will donate over $17,500 to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) to offset the…

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Trees travelling west: how climate is changing our forests

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America:  Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 August 1, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz New Orleans on-site press room: 504-670-6402   Many studies on the impacts of global temperature rise have suggested that the range of trees will migrate poleward and upward….

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Coldwater streams may provide refuge against changing climate

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America:  Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 July 24, 2018 For Immediate Release   Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, gro.asenull@setnegz New Orleans on-site press room: 504-670-6402   Coldwater stream habitats are vulnerable to effects of climate change, particularly to changes in precipitation and air temperatures that alter…

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