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Ecological Monographs Update

30 June 2021 Dear ESA Membership, Dr. Aimée Classen gave the Governing Board notice of her resignation as Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Monographs, effective December 2021. We thank her for her exemplary service and dedication to Monographs, and to ESA publications. She put her vision into action and strengthened Monographs’ impact to become one of the leading outlets for comprehensive studies…

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ESA Governing Board Approves Major Initiatives

by Kathleen Weathers, ESA President The ESA Governing Board members met for its spring meeting over Zoom May 11-12. Even with the virtual social limitations, Board members were highly engaged, and ever-thoughtful as we considered several important—some even called them historic—positive strides forward. Agenda topics focused on advancing ESA’s strategic priorities, the health of ESA’s finances, discussions of future ESA…

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Action Alert: Endorse the NSF for the Future Act

May 25, 2021 Dear ESA Members: The US House of Representatives may be considering the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) soon. The bill would reauthorize landmark legislation for the National Science Foundation (NSF), provide steady, increasing funding levels for NSF and also create a new Technology and Engineering Solutions Directorate. The bill contains provisions for…

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ESA Annual Meeting: Lessons learned and the path forward

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect on how we interact with each other and how we communicate scientific information to advance research. Working and interacting virtually has affected all societies and every field of science and ESA and ecology are no exception. Nearly all in-person conferences have been converted to an online format, the so-called virtual conference. 2020…

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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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