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On Capitol Hill, a GSPA winner sees firsthand “why it’s so important to have scientists present, in person, to ensure that our voices are heard”

A guest post by Ben Taylor (Columbia University), 2017 ESA Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) recipient. This year’s six award winners traveled to Washington, D.C. at the end of April for policy experience and training.   The GSPA program is designed to be an enlightening and intense three days, and it delivered on that in a wonderful fashion. From getting…

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ESA joins other scientific societies to request a meeting with EPA administrator to discuss climate science

July 31, 2017 The Honorable Scott Pruitt Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20460 Dear Administrator Pruitt: As leaders of professional scientific societies with our collective membership of hundreds of thousands of scientists, we are writing in response to reports that you are working to develop a “red team/blue team” process that challenges climate science….

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Policy News: July 25, 2017

In This Issue: Member Input Requested: Special Policy Forum at Portland Annual Meeting We want to hear from you. Send us questions today or by the end of this week that you would like the panelists to answer. Action Alert: Comment on Marine National Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries by July 26 Climate Science: Pruitt and Perry Endorse “Red Team–Blue…

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ESA to Hold New Special Policy Forum at Annual Meeting

View the Special Policy Forum Program announcement and speakers on the ESA Annual Meeting website. In the wake of the change in administration in January, the political landscape has become more challenging to navigate for scientists seeking to conduct research and inform policy. The new administration in Washington has proposed significant cuts to federal spending on scientific research and development…

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In Meetings on the Hill, GSPA Recipient Works to Put a Face on Science Funding

A guest post by Tyler Coverdale (Princeton University), 2017 ESA Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) recipient. This year’s six award winners traveled to Washington, D.C. at the end of April for policy experience and training. As a 2017 ESA Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) recipient, I traveled to Washington, D.C. in late April with five other students from around the…

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Selected as 2017 ESA Regional Policy Award Winner

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present its tenth annual Regional Policy Award to U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), representative of Oregon’s 1st congressional district, during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in August. The award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker with an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science. A member of the…

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Policy News: July 10, 2017

In This Issue: Trump Administration Review of National Monument Designations Rapidly Continues ESA and AAAS submit comments; congressional response; public support for monuments; legal authority uncertain Waters of the United States, EPA Proposal to Rescind and Recodify EPA revising the rule in a two-step process of repeal and replace Appropriations Markups, Spending Bills Advance Subcommittees approve several spending bills for…

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Ian Donohue

2017 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award recognizes Ian Donohue and colleagues for efforts to navigate the complexity of ecological stability

The 2017 Innovation in Sustainability Science Award honors Ian Donohue, Helmut Hillebrand, José M. Montoya, Owen L. Petchey, Stuart L. Pimm, Mike S. Fowler, Kevin Healy, Andrew L. Jackson, Miguel Lurgi, Deirdre McClean, Nessa E. O’Connor, Eoin J. O’Gorman, and Qiang Yang for their review and synthesis of “Navigating the complexity of ecological stability,” published in Ecology Letters in July,…

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Frederick Hansen

Frederick Hansen receives the Forrest Shreve Student Research Fund to study microbial communities in Chihuauan Desert soils

Awards from the Forrest Shreve Student Research Fund provide $1,000-2,000 to support ecological research by graduate or undergraduate student members of ESA in the hot deserts of North America (Sonora, Mohave, Chihuahua, and Vizcaino). Frederick Hansen, a junior majoring in Biology at New Mexico State University, received the Forrest Shreve Student award for his research into patterns of microbial life…

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View from Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument - Pilot Rock. Credit: Bob Wick/BLM CC BY 2.0

Action Alert – Comment on National Monument Review

Submit comments to the Department of the Interior on the review of National Monuments and Marine National Monuments and to NOAA on the review of Marine National Monuments and National Marine Sanctuaries.   Dear ESA Member, We ask you to submit comments to the Department of the Interior (DOI) and NOAA on the administration’s review of National Monuments. Your expertise,…

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