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ESA Press Releases

Woolly Stars Need Catastrophes to Live

In the Santa Ana River floodplain, an endangered plant needs the effects of intense flooding to grow and survive in loose soil   March 19, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   A small, crunchy, … Read More »

Owls Against Owls in a Challenge for Survival

Researchers forecast interactions between two owl species and the quality of their habitat in the Pacific Northwest   March 5, 2019 For Immediate Release                                  … Read More »

ESA Tipsheet for March 4,5, 2019

Upcoming research in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment Thursday, 28 Feb 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, ZGentes@esa.org   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on March 4,5, 2019 in the … Read More »

New buzz around insect DNA analysis and biodiversity estimates

Researchers on a remote New Zealand island combine traditional field methods with DNA sequencing to estimate invertebrate biodiversity   February 27, 2019 For Immediate Release                                … Read More »

ESA Selects 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients

Read more about each award winner and view photos on ESA’s Ecotone blog   February 13, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, alison@esa.org, (202) 833-8773 ext. 205   The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is honored to announce this … Read More »

Pika survival rates dry up with low moisture

In the Pacific Northwest, dry air interacts with low snow conditions to affect pika abundances at different elevations   February 4, 2019 For Immediate Release Contact: Zoe Gentes, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, zgentes@esa.org   Although it has been ranked as the … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org   Introduced and invasive species can … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org   Get a sneak peek into these new scientific papers, publishing on January 31, 2019 in … Read More »

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, zgentes@esa.org   Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate … Read More »

ESA Endorses Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework

January 14, 2018 For Immediate Release Contacts: Teresa Mourad, 202-833-8775, teresa@esa.org                  Alison Mize, 202-833-8773, alison@esa.org   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 … Read More »

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External Releases

Conservation Model Benefits Both Ecological and Economic Needs of Great Salt Lake

By Notre Dame 3/5/2019 In the United States, the Great Salt Lake in Utah is home to a multimillion dollar brine shrimp industry, which collects and sells the brine shrimp cysts, or eggs, as a food source for prawn farming … Read More »

Rethinking old-growth forests using lichens as an indicator of conservation value

By Canadian Museum of Nature 3/5/2019 Ottawa, Mar. 5, 2019 – Two Canadian biologists, including Dr. Troy McMullin of the Canadian Museum of Nature, are proposing a better way to assess the conservation value of old-growth forests in North America—using lichens, … Read More »

UW Research Provides Insight on Survivability of Rare Wyoming Plant

By University of Wyoming 3/5/2019 A rare plant found only at two sites in central Wyoming has persisted, in part, because it can recover from relatively low densities and grows at different rates within each location, according to new research … Read More »

Alien species are primary cause of recent global extinctions

By University College London 3/4/2019 Alien species are the main driver of recent extinctions in both animals and plants, according to a new study by UCL researchers. They found that since 1500, alien species have been solely responsible for 126 … Read More »

More humans always mean fewer African carnivores, right? Nope

By Michigan State University 3/1/2019 African carnivores face numerous threats from humans. So, it’s a fair assumption that the presence of more humans automatically equates to decreases across the board for carnivores. New research led by Michigan State University and … Read More »

Researchers get to the bottom of fairy circles

By University of Göttingen 2/19/2019 Fairy circles are round gaps in arid grassland that are distributed very uniformly over the landscape and only occur along the Namib Desert in southern Africa and in parts of Australia. Various theories circulate about … Read More »

Recent drought may provide a glimpse of the future for birds in the Sierra Nevada

By Point Blue Conservation Science 2/21/2019 How wildlife respond to climate change is likely to be complex. To better understand the effects of climate change on the bird community in the Sierra Nevada region, new research published today from Point … Read More »

Tokita Receives Graduate Student Policy Award from Ecological Society of America

By Princeton University 2/20/2019 Tokita, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology (EEB), is partially funded by a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. He works with Corina Tarnita, an associate professor in EEB, to create computational models for how social groups … Read More »

Grad student Sara Gonzalez wins policy award from Ecological Society of America

By UC Santa Cruz 2/13/2019 Sara Gonzalez, a Ph.D. student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, is among the recipients of the Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Awards from the Ecological Society of America (ESA). This … Read More »

Hurricanes in 2017 did not greatly damage corals, but reefs were already in trouble

By National Science Foundation 2/6/2019 Scientists find that decades of degradation created ‘resistant’ coral reefs Marine biologist Peter Edmunds was prepared for the worst. Back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes had torn through the Caribbean in September 2017. The scientist and his … Read More »

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