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Covers of 6 ESA journals and the ESA Bulletin

Call for Applications: ESA Editorial Fellows

Announcing a call for applications for ESA’s Editorial Fellows Program.

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The Ecological Society of America's 2017 Eminent Ecologist, Diana Wall, takes a break from sampling soil biodiversity along an elevational transect as part of the McMurdo Dry Valley LTER project in Miers Valley, Antarctica (78°5.326 S, 163°46.382 E), in January 2013. Photo credit: Martijn Vandegehuchte

In memoriam: Diana Wall

The ESA community mourns the loss of Diana Wall, whose impact on ecology and ecologists leaves an enduring legacy.

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Call for Nominations: ESA Regional Policy Award

ESA seeks nominations for its Regional Policy Award to recognize a policymaker who has integrated environmental science and policy in initiatives that foster more sustainable communities.

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Official logo of COP 28 in the UAE.

ESA at COP28: Postscript

COP28 ended with the Parties reaffirming commitments to limit global temperature rise and transition away from fossil fuels. Conference deliberations are complex and nuanced, with a cumbersome but fair consensus decision process that balances all UN voices.

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Official logo of COP 28 in the UAE.

ESA at COP28: Day 1

As I sat watching with hundreds of other Observers and COP 28 participants from around the world in an huge overflow hall down the corridor, I felt the magnitude of the climate emergency before us greater than ever. Spontaneous applause erupts at different sections of the address as people listen intently peering over their laptops and gifted COP28 water bottles, there was not an empty seat to be found.

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The Blueprint Foundation Receives Environmental Offsets from the Ecological Society of America

Large conferences leave a large environmental footprint – with air travel, accommodations, and production of single-use items all generating substantial carbon emissions and impacts on surrounding wildlife and habitats. As a way of offsetting a portion of the environmental costs of its Annual Meeting, ESA contributes $5 for each meeting registrant, which the Society then donates to a local project…

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ESA Shows its Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in College Admissions

ESA voices its strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and support for its members. The Supreme Court ruling today reversed decades of progress under affirmative action by severely limiting the use of race in college admissions. The ruling is misguided, harms society and affects historically excluded students’ abilities to achieve and flourish within educational institutions. Ecology is a field…

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ESA Spring 2023 President’s Report

by ESA President Sharon Collinge As current president of ESA, I was pleased to be able to travel to Washington, DC, to chair the most recent ESA Governing Board meeting, May 16-17. The meeting was hybrid, with five board members meeting in person with the executive director and senior staff in DC, and the other six members participating virtually. The…

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ESA Statement on the Sackett v. EPA Supreme Court Ruling: Losses to Wetlands and Ecosystem and Human Health

The Ecological Society of America (ESA), representing 8,000 research ecologists and environmental scientists, is greatly concerned about the unintended consequences to nature and human health because of the United States Supreme Court decision in the Sackett v. EPA case that excludes the majority of wetlands from protection under the Clean Water Act. The ruling ignores the best available science and…

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2023 Improvements for the Annual Meeting Program

By Tim Nuttle, 2023 Program Chair In 2022, the Meetings Committee recommended changes for the ESA Annual Meeting program to adapt and meet attendees’ needs. The Governing Board approved these changes to go into effect for this year’s meeting in Portland. The goal: To accommodate as many presentation submissions as possible across the range of professional ecological practice. You can…

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