Action Alert – Call for Experts in Hurricane Aftermath

Do you have ecological knowledge to share concerning rebuilding and restoration efforts for areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey or Irma? Sign up to serve as a resource for the media, elected officials, governments, or organizations.

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthening in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall in Texas on Aug. 25, 2017 as a Category 4 hurricane. Credit: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

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Dear ESA Member,

ESA is asking for members to sign up to be a point of contact for any media inquiries and requests from elected officials, governments or organizations to provide information in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Ecological information is needed now to help inform the media on the ecological implications of the storms. As you know, these hurricanes have devastated large areas and impacted millions of people in the U.S. and Caribbean.

Very soon, elected officials, governments, or organizations may request ecological knowledge from ESA to help inform rebuilding and restoration efforts in the affected areas. In the recent past, ESA members served in these capacities post-Hurricane Katrina.

Please register with ESA if you are able to speak to the media or provide information to elected officials, organizations, or governments.


If I register, what is the process used?  

ESA will provide your name and contact information when requested. Public Affairs Office staff will notify you if your information has been shared with the requesting party.

ESA steps out of the picture at this point unless anyone involved in this scenario needs our assistance. We aim to make this a clear and easy process, but we are always available if needed to provide more information or guidance.

Can ESA provide any tips for working with the media?  

Yes, ESA Public Affairs staff is happy to prep or coach you. Email to ask for assistance.

Would I be formally representing ESA or just myself?
You would only be representing yourself, and not speaking for ESA in a public capacity.

ESA’s policy activities work to infuse ecological knowledge into national policy decisions through activities such as policy statements, Capitol Hill briefings, Congressional Visits Days and coalition involvement. Policy News Updates are bi-monthly summaries of major environmental and science policy news. They are produced by the Public Affairs Office of the Ecological Society of America.

Send questions or comments to  Alison Mize, director of public affairs,, or Julia Marsh, public affairs officer,

Visit the ESA website  to learn more about our activities and membership.