Get Involved

If you are thinking you would like to boost your involvement with the Ecological Society of America, there are plenty of opportunities for you to do so. Our members are the foundation of the Society—the more involved you become, the stronger the Society. Check out some of the ways you can increase your participation and talk to our staff about any ideas YOU may have. We want your input!

ESA Sections and Chapters

Joining an ESA Section or Chapter is a great way to become more active within the Society. Chapters are regionally based and tend to focus on issues related to their localities. Activities may range from field trips to organizing seminars. Sections draw members who share interest in a particular area of ecology. Sections provide a network for members to advance their work in the field. Sections and Chapters also organize and sponsor symposia, workshops, business meetings and networking events at the ESA Annual Meeting.

Sections are organized to promote various special interests of the membership. Activities are intended to encourage research, exchange ideas, and facilitate communication between ecologists with similar disciplinary interests. Any ESA member may join a section by indicating their choice on the membership form or submitting dues online.

Chapters are organized on a regional basis to encourage interest in the field of ecology and increase communication among ecologists regionally. Chapter activities are aimed at enhancing the exchange of ecological information and sharing of research activities among ecologists in a given region. Any ESA member may join a chapter by indicating their choice on the membership form or submitting dues online.

ESA Committees

ESA Committees focus on a host of different activities undertaken by the Society. The Science Steering Committee works with the Science Programs Office to develop or define research needs, catalyze or develop integrative, cross-disciplinary approaches for applying ecological information, and communicate ecological knowledge to inform management and policy decisions. The Public Affairs Committee works with staff in the Public Affairs Office to raise awareness of ESA and ecological science among members of the media, lawmakers, resource managers, and others who need ecological expertise. The Education and Human Resources Committee focuses on enhancing the Society’s education and outreach and advancing minority participation in ecology. There are many other committees, some standing and some temporarily created for a particular ESA project.

Grants and Fellowships
Education and Human Resources Committee
Finance & Investment Committee
Meetings Committee
Historical Records

International Relations
Professional Ethics and Appeals
Public Affairs
Science Committee

If you are interested in serving on an ESA committee, let members of the Governing Board know so that you will be considered when opportunities arise.

ESA Governing Board

If you’re interested in helping shape the policies of the Society and don’t mind putting in a fair amount of time and energy, consider running for a position on the Society’s Board. The Board meets three or four times a year and charts the Society’s course in all realms, from administration to publications to education and policy. Discuss your interest with a member of the Governing Board.

Congressional Visits

Help ESA raise awareness about ecological science in the policy world. Policymakers continue to say they don’t see scientists often enough in the Halls of Congress. Consider visiting, writing, or calling your Senators and Representatives either when you’re in Washington, DC or in your home district when Congress is in recess. Also, join in the Annual Congressional Visits Day to encourage support of federal research. The ESA Public Affairs Office can help you every step of the way and you’ll find how-to’ tips and legislative updates at Public Policy & Media homepage. For more information, contact Alison Mize (Email:

Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, ESA-TIEE Web

The TIEE Web aims to improve teaching and student learning through integrated and innovative lecture and lab materials. It develops and disseminates peer-reviewed ecological education materials that undergraduate faculty can adapt and use. There are three complementary types of materials: Issues to Teach Ecology, Experiments to Teach Ecology, and Teaching Resources to Teach Ecology. Contribute to the TIEE Web by contributing to the experiments and issues components being developed. For more information, contact

ESA Position Papers, Policy Papers, and Issues in Ecology

Opportunities exist to propose and develop ESA Position Papers, Policy Papers, and Issues in Ecology on key ecological issues. Proposals for Position Papers and Policy Papers should be submitted to the ESA Governing Board and proposals for Issues in Ecology should be submitted to Editor Bill Murdoch  (Email: