ESA Welcomes Kathryn Cottingham as Editor in Chief of Ecology
Jun03

ESA Welcomes Kathryn Cottingham as Editor in Chief of Ecology

After an extensive, competitive search, the Ecological Society of America is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Cottingham as the Editor in Chief of its journal Ecology.

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Giant Tortoises Migrate Unpredictably in the Face of Climate Change
May20

Giant Tortoises Migrate Unpredictably in the Face of Climate Change

Unlike many migratory species, Galapagos giant tortoises do not use current environmental conditions to time their seasonal migration Galapagos giant tortoises, sometimes called Gardeners of the Galapagos, are creatures of habit. In the cool dry season, the highlands of the volcano slopes are engulfed in cloud which allows the vegetation to grow despite the lack of rain. On the lower slopes, however, there is no thick fog layer, and...

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The Future of Journals in Face of Open Access
May02

The Future of Journals in Face of Open Access

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke May 2, 2019 Previously in this space I wrote about Plan S, a commitment by some European research funders to require researchers to publish only in “Gold” open access journals. I relayed the concerns of some about how this could weaken the ability of ESA or other societies to publish journals under a conventional subscription model or hybrid business models (where a journal operates with...

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The Ultimate Standoff: Hummingbird Vs. Caterpillar
Dec17

The Ultimate Standoff: Hummingbird Vs. Caterpillar

Researchers observe a defense mechanism for caterpillars can attract unwanted attention https://www.esa.org/esablog/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MVI_0410-1920-1920.mp4 In a 26-minute standoff, a snake-mimicking caterpillar was unable to feed during attacks from a nest-defending hummingbird. (Video provided by James Marden) When a caterpillar disguises itself as a snake to ward off potential predators, it should probably expect to be...

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30 Years Later, Yellowstone Fires Are Still a Burning Problem
Aug05

30 Years Later, Yellowstone Fires Are Still a Burning Problem

103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America: Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being 5–10 August 2018 Monica G. Turner served as President of ESA for the 2015-2016 term. She is an internationally recognized landscape ecologist, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and received ESA’s Robert H. MacArthur Award in 2008. Her field studies and simulation models have provided new insights into...

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