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ESA 2011

EJ and EJ-related Activities Austin, TX

Sunday, August 7th

FT 14 – 8:00 AM-4:30 PMUrban Bioblitz: Ecologists Contributing to and Learning from a Progressive Austin Community Restoration Effort.  Trinity Street Lobby Field Trip Pick Up, Austin Convention Center.  Organizers:  Cost $27

ESA Council Orientation Meeting and Reception- 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
16B, Austin Convention Center

Monday, August 8, 2011

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Special Session #6854:”Ecology and Human Rights: Defining the Relationship, Identifying the Opportunities” (Cliff Duke, ESA Organizer, with George Middendorf and Jennifer Wyndham-AAAS)
11:30am – 1:15 pm Workshop – WK #7000:  Ecologists and Religious Organizations – Partnering for Earth Stewardship (Organizer:  LM Jablonski, MEEC, UDayton; Co-Organizers:  J Miesel, U Wisconsin; G Hitzhusen, Ohio State; C Nilon, U MIssouri, Columbia; M Gregory, Cornell U)

SYMP 2 – Earth Stewardship: Defining the Scientific Challenges and Opportunities
Ballroom C, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: RB Jackson (
Endorsed by: Physiological Ecology, Science, Environmental Jus tice, Human Ecology Section
Moderator: RB Jackson
This symposium addresses the scientific foundation and key challenges of earth stewardship for reversing unsustainable trends in global resource use, biodiversity loss, population growth, and other important factors.

4:30pm – 6:30pm

PS 1 – Education: Community-Based Learning
Exhibit Hall 3, Austin Convention Center

PS 1-21 Krasny, ME, Cornell University. Applying social innovation and resilience theory to building educational capacity in a national environmental education training project.

PS 1-22 Kish, GR, U.S. Geological Survey. Engaging the public in observing changes in the environment.

PS 1-23 Flowers, SK1, L Toth2, K Beyer3 and J Chase1, (1)Washington University in St. Louis, (2)Missouri Botanical Garden, (3)External Project Evaluator. Making natural connections: An authentic field research collaboration.

PS 1-24 Sewald, J and KV Root, Bowling Green State University. Evaluating the relationship between knowledge of and attitudes towards bats.

PS 1-25 Barlow, B, Auburn University. From eyesore to outreach: Using service learning and writing models to link students, communities, and the land.

PS 1-26 Ward, DL1, E Russell2, A Switzer2, S Newman1 and S Henderson1, (1)NEON, Inc., (2)National Geographic Society. Project BudBurst and FieldScope: Prototyping continental-scale citizen science data visualization tools.

PS 1-27 Armstrong, M and CA Cooley, Ecological Society of America. Preparing diverse students in our Nation’s west to lead sustainable communities.

 6:30 PM-8:00 PM  Christian Ecologists Social
19A, Austin Convention Center             

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

SYMP 4 – Building a Global Sense of Place, Responsibility, and Stewardship
Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: ME Lam (, AK Poole
Endorsed by: Human Ecology, Natural History, Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Moderator: ME Lam
This symposium introduces ecologists to sense of place, from the research perspectives of various sub-disciplines within ecology, the social sciences and the humanities, to integrate a firm scientific base from which to explore the knowledge and pathways needed to build a global sense of place, responsibility and stewardship.

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM   Organized Oral:   Engaging with communities and regional decision makers to sustain Earth’s life-support systems.   Organizers: Nadine Lymn (ESA) and George Middendorf (Howard University) Moderator: Nadine Lymn, Director of Public Affairs, ESA

6:30 – 8pm – Education Section Mixer  Travis I, Radison Hotel

6:30 – 8pm– ESA Applied Ecology, Human Ecology, Urban Ecosystem Ecology, and Environmental Justice Joint Mixer Travis III, Radison Hotel

8:00 – 10:00 PM    WK 34  Ecologists’ Speaker’s Bureau for National Earth Stewardship Community Outreach to Faith Communities .  19A Austin Convention Center

Organizer:Gregory E. Hitzhusen   Co-organizers: Leanne M. Jablonski , Jessica R. Miesel and George Middendorf
Speakers: F. Stuart Chapin , Calvin B. DeWitt and Peter Bakken
Organizing session to establish a national ecologists’ speaker’s bureau to provide good science and timely ecological information to local communities and influential social organizations, including faith communities and EJ-impacted communities. National religion-environment leaders will provide mini-orientation and training to empower successful ecology education outreach. Participants will discuss and plan implementation.  Speakers:   FS Chapin, University of Alaska, CB DeWitt, University of Wisconsin, P Bakken, Wisconsin Council of Churches and Interfaith Power and Light

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

9am – 2:30 pm  FT 22 – Toxic Tour of East Austin with PODER (People Organized in the Defense of Earth and her Resources)  Organizer:  Kellen A. Marshall Gillespie   Cost.  $38
Trinity Street Lobby Field Trip Pick Up, Austin Convention Center

8 am-11:30 am  OOS 21 – Earth Stewardship: Communicating and Fostering Stewardship Behavior
17A, Austin Convention Center Organized by: FS Chapin (, D Carter This session brings together environmental psychologists, sociologists, landscape architects, religious scholars, environmental authors and ecologists seeking to improve understanding of the conditions under which people are motivated to be stewards of their communities and the broader world.

11:30 – 1:15   ESA Environmental Justice Section Meeting and Discussion

18 A, Austin Convention Center  (same times as Urban Ecosystem Eco & Agroecology Bus Mtgs)
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM    Organized Oral   OO #6767 – We are all Connected:  From Environmental Justice Education and Local Community Involvement to Planetary Stewardship  (Organizer: L. Jablonski, Co-Organizers: Ana Elisa Pérez-Quintero)

OOS 30 – We are all Connected: From Environmental Justice Education and Local Community Involvement to Earth Stewardship
14, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: LM Jablonski (, AE Pérez-Quintero
Moderator: LM Jablonski
Engaging, educating and partnering with diverse local communities (urban, rural, cultural, religious, indigenous) for environmental justice, active eco-citizenship and earth stewardship will foster improved policies for earth stewardship.

1:30 – 5:00 Pm   SYMP 14 – Stewardship of Urban Systems 2: Socio-ecology, Governance, and Equity in the ULTRA Network Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: PS Warren, G Hess, M Katti ; Endorsed by: Urban Ecosystems Ecology.  Moderator: PS Warren
This symposium features researchers, working with practitioners outside academia, from the nascent Urban Long Term Research Area (ULTRA) network who are using diverse, interdisciplinary approaches to study cities and develop strategies to enhance ecological and social equity.

6:30 – 8pm  Diversity Mixer – Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F;  Ticket $9 includes Refreshments and a beverage – Celebrate diversity with SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability) program participants at this popular mixer. This event offers an opportunity to learn more about the SEEDS program and its successes while enjoying good food before the Wednesday evening sessions.

8:00 – 10:00 PM    WK # 36  – 19A  Austin Convention Center  The active ecologist:  Developing a guide for how ecologists and communities can best collaborate for a healthier environment.   Organizer: Ana Elisa Pérez-QuinteroCo-organizers: Kellen A. Marshall-Gillespie and Sara Gabrielson Moderator: Lourdes B. Lastra-Díaz

The active ecologist collaborates and incorporates local community concerns and ideas in determining how they do research and communicate scientific knowledge. Panel presentations followed by interactive discussion as we identify best practises for working with communities impacted by environmental injustice and give feedback on a draft guide for ecologists.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

8:00 AM – 11:30 AM  SYMP 17 – Revolutionary Ecology: Defining and Conducting Stewardship and Action as Ecologists and Global Citizens
Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: MJ Chappell (, C Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, M Armstrong
Endorsed by: Student Section, R-PUI section, Environmental Justice, Agroecology Section, Applied Ecology Section, Human Ecology
Moderator: RJ Colón-Rivera
If ecologists are to use our expertise for stewardship, we must embrace action ecology, which means collectively defining and taking appropriate collaborative actions, and also questioning ourselves as researchers and stewards in the iterative process of action research: “Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice” (Lewin, 1946).

11:30 AM – 1:15 PM   Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F
Careers in Ecology:  The Glass Ceiling and Other Challenges—Carreras en Ecologia: El Techo de Cristal y Otros Desafios   Ticket $25 includes lunch.   Join us for the 7th ESA Diversity Luncheon featuring the Summary of the WAMIE Report by Meg Lowman.  Also included will be a panel of Latina Scientists to discuss their challenges as women in ecology.  The women on the panel are: Sonia Ortega, Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Ana Elisa Perez, and Erica Fernandez.

1:30 – 5 pm SYMP 20 – Warfare Ecology: Impacts of Conflict on Environmental Security and Stewardship
Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: C Duke (, E Meléndez, J Porter
Endorsed by: Science Committee
Moderator: C Duke
This symposium explores the emerging field of warfare ecology, which seeks to understand the environmental origins and consequences of armed conflict, and apply this knowledge in ways that support peace, security, and sustainability.

1:30 – 5 pm COS 104 – Stewardship, Education, and Outreach
Ballroom B, Austin Convention Center

Friday, August 12, 2011

COS 127 – Environmental Justice, Impact, and Risk Assessment
6B, Austin Convention Center
8 am-11:30 am

SYMP 22 – Global Perspectives of Earth Stewardship
Ballroom E, Austin Convention Center
Organized by: RA Dyball, E Ellis, A Freitag
Endorsed by: Human Ecology
Moderator: RA Dyball
The symposium is intended to present insights from the social sciences that are crucial for ecologists and others who are advocating global attitudinal and behavioral change to understand.