ESA as a channel of communication between its members and NSF
Jun12

ESA as a channel of communication between its members and NSF

by Osvaldo Sala, ESA President One of the central roles of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) is to represent its members in front of different bodies at the national and international levels. While single voices face difficulties in reaching target audiences, communications are enhanced when articulated through a professional society. ESA plays the double role of not only communicating ideas from our membership to other...

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ESA moving forward and going virtual
Jun03

ESA moving forward and going virtual

by Osvaldo Sala, President, and Catherine O’Riordan, Executive Director One of the strengths of the ESA organization is the ability to adapt to challenges in our programs and in our science. Like most other organizations responding to the pandemic, ESA moved to virtual operations in March and the DC office is temporarily closed. Staff continues to work from home while also facing some of the difficulties that our members face,...

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Letter to the community
Jun01

Letter to the community

Dear ecological community, We reach out to you today in sadness and solidarity. Recent acts of violence against the Black community as seen in the horrific killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, have sparked protests across the United States. They underscore the long history of racism and discrimination in our country. Racism and prejudice continue to harm scientists, future scientists, and the communities they...

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ESA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
May19

ESA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

Dear ESA Member, ESA will be holding a totally virtual Annual Meeting this year from August 3–6 in response to the pandemic. The virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for you to join colleagues and leaders from across the field for four days of inspiration and community focused on your research and your career as each of us looks ahead to the future. While we will miss seeing you in person, we are excited that the meeting will...

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ESA conversation with the NSF BIO Assistant Director
Apr27

ESA conversation with the NSF BIO Assistant Director

Blog post by ESA President Osvaldo Sala On April 9, I represented ESA in a meeting with Joanne Tornow, NSF assistant director for the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO). Tornow organized the Zoom meeting to listen to concerns of scientific society leaders and to inform us of NSF’s COVID-19 pandemic response. The other attendees were presidents and CEOs of scientific societies within the field of biology. ESA Executive...

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ESA announces 2020 Award Recipients and 2019 Student Awards
Apr16

ESA announces 2020 Award Recipients and 2019 Student Awards

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present the 2020 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession during the Society’s Annual Meeting August 2-7.  ESA is weighing whether to hold an in person meeting in Salt Lake City that includes a virtual option or whether to hold a totally virtual meeting instead to protect human...

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ESA announces 2020 Fellows
Apr09

ESA announces 2020 Fellows

ESA’s fellowship program recognizes the many ways in which its members contribute to ecological research and discovery, communication, education and pedagogy, and management and policy.

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Peer-to-peer portal established amid COVID-19 disruptions
Mar13

Peer-to-peer portal established amid COVID-19 disruptions

Dear ESA Members, ESA is thinking about all those who are affected by the disruption to daily life caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are concerned about the impact that the spread of this disease will personally have on members of the ecologic and the greater scientific community. We hope you remain safe and that daily operations return to normal as soon as possible. Until then, many members of the ESA community want to know...

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Help restore Australia’s unique ecosystems and donate now to the Ecological Society of Australia’s Ecosystem Recovery Fund
Mar04

Help restore Australia’s unique ecosystems and donate now to the Ecological Society of Australia’s Ecosystem Recovery Fund

Dear ESA Members, Today, I am writing to you regarding the Ecosystem Recovery Fund that the Ecological Society of Australia is launching to help with ecological recovery efforts from the unprecedented fires that have devastated an enormous extent of Australia’s ecosystems. I am sure you have seen the news and are aware of the substantial impact that this tragedy had on ecosystems and wildlife, including many vulnerable and threatened...

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Knoxville Workshop: Building communications and policy engagement skills
Mar03

Knoxville Workshop: Building communications and policy engagement skills

On February 3rd, the 2020 ESA Communicating Science Workshop was hosted in Knoxville, TN Last month, participants from across the southeastern US practiced their messaging and engagement skills in a day-long Communicating Science Workshop at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop on February 3rd was co-hosted by ESA’s Public Affairs Office, the ESA Southeastern Member Chapter, and the National Institute for Mathematical...

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