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A Brief Look Back at ESA in 2019

An update from Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan Happy New Year!  As ESA members and staff begin a new year in 2020, I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on a few of our accomplishments in 2019.  The ESA Governing Board led an effort to draft a new strategic plan that will guide our efforts through 2022.  In addition, they have begun…

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Humans are components of ecosystems: a response to “100 articles every ecologist should read”

In November 2017, the publication in Nature Ecology & Evolution of “100 articles every ecologist should read,” by Franck Courchamp and Corey JA Bradshaw, stirred the ecological community. Timon McPhearson, an associate professor of Urban Ecology at The New School in New York City and Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and Stockholm Resilience Centre, Dagmar Haase a Professor of…

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ESA Issues Statement Condemning Stifling of EPA Scientists

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cancelled the speaking appearances of three agency ecologists at an event hosted by the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program in Providence, Rhode Island held on Oct. 23. The event launched the 2017 “State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed Summary Report.” EPA scientists contributed to the report, which addresses issues affecting the bay, including climate change….

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Collaborating with the incarcerated in ecological restoration, education, and sustainability

By Nalini Nadkarni, professor at the University of Utah and ESA’s vice president for Education and Human Resources; Tom Kaye, executive director and senior ecologist at the Institute of Applied Ecology; Chad Naugle, sustainability program manager at the Oregon Department of Corrections; Debbie Rutt, adjunct faculty member at Portland State University and volunteer at the Coffee Creek Corrections Facility, Kelli…

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Delivering On Science’s Social Contract – Guest Post

By Jane Lubchenco, Department of Integrative Biology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR This article has been republished with permission from the Michigan Journal of Sustainability.  5(1) 2017 DOI: 10.3998/mjs.12333712.0005.106   As an environmental scientist, I think about the questions that you have been discussing today in light of my own experiences in the world of science, engagement, management, policy and public understanding….

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Integrity and Federal Scientific Advisory Boards

June 27, 2017   President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC  20500   Dear Mr. President: The undersigned science and engineering organizations are concerned about the future of scientific advice in the U.S. federal government and the presentation of scientific data and information on government websites.  There have been a number of reports regarding scientific…

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ESA joins 151 scientific groups in letter urging President Trump to rescind visa and immigration order

January 31, 2017 President Donald J. Trump The White House United States of America   Dear President Trump: The January 27, 2017, White House Executive Order on visas and immigration has profound implications for diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests, in part because of the negative impact on US science and engineering capacity. The undersigned organizations — representing a broad spectrum…

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ESA letter to President Trump urges open communication of federal research and scientific information

January 25, 2017 President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500   Dear President Trump: I am writing on behalf of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the nation’s largest society of professional ecologists. As a representative of over 10,000 ecological scientists, we ask you to protect the scientific integrity and independence of federal scientists….

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Special Policy News 4: The Transition

h4 a{color:blue;} .entry-content h4{margin:0; margin-top:6px !important;} Transition Update Senate Confirmation Hearings Wednesday will have a crowded schedule and Trump press conference Jared Kushner Named Senior Advisor Trump son-in-law will have unpaid White House position Congressional Update Public Lands Rules change would designate federal land transfers as cost-free. National Monuments Senate bill would restrict presidential authority to designate national monuments Congressional…

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