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ESA Statement on Science in the Biden Administration

Jan. 25, 2021 “The Ecological Society of America is in full support of President Joe Biden’s bold actions to restore the central role of science in guiding policy and decision making that is research and evidence-based. As a country, we face many challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating impacts of climate change, and racial, economic and environmental injustice to name but…

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Alexander von Humboldt for Ecologists

Bruce Byers explores the life and legacy of Alexander von Humboldt, a German polymath whose lasting impact on ecology is being highlighted in a virtual exhibition of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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New Features Added to ESA Certification

This post was provided by Carmen Cid, Chair of the ESA Board of Professional Certification. The Ecological Society of America has been validating the credentials of professional ecologists through our certification program for nearly 40 years. Beginning in 2021, we aim to take the program to a new level. Hundreds of environmental scientists—working in all sectors from consulting to government…

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A call for action: It’s time to integrate environmental justice into applied ecology research

by Gillian Bowser and Carmen R. Cid “The Somebody Else’s Problem field…relies on people’s natural predisposition not to see anything they don’t want to, weren’t expecting, or can’t explain.” -Douglas Adams, 1982[1] When is the right time to act on environmental justice, diversity and inclusion?  For the last three decades, the Ecological Society of America membership has elevated the human…

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ESA Statement on the U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Accord

How we address climate change is a defining issue for the country, the planet and the well-being of all people now and in the future. The Trump administration’s choice to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement is an irresponsible and environmentally disastrous decision that can legally go into effect Nov. 4—the day after the general election. More than…

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Let’s Close the Year Strong

by Kathleen Weathers, ESA President It’s rather remarkable to realize that it was almost two months ago that we were immersed in the grand experiment of an all-virtual annual meeting.  While there were certainly some hiccups along the way, the staff and meetings committees did a remarkable job making an 180o pivot with panache, as did meeting attendees. With almost…

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Nominate a colleague for an ESA award

by Charles Nilon, ESA Awards Committee Chair October is upon us and autumn is in full swing. It’s the season of turning leaves, crisp air … and ESA award nominations! And as the chair of ESA’s Awards Committee, I want to make sure that we all enjoy this season together and celebrate outstanding work (and outstanding people) in ecology by…

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Action Alert: Urge Congress to Support Research Relief

Join ESA and 22 other professional societies representing hundreds of thousands of scientists, mathematicians and engineers as part of a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the importance of restoring our academic research enterprise impacted by COVID-19. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS), the impacts on the federal enterprise are far-reaching, resulting in lab and user facility closures, canceled…

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