Diversity of ecological careers
Mar05

Diversity of ecological careers

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke March 5, 2019 Our ESA members, especially students and early-career professionals, tell us repeatedly how much they value information on possible career paths, including those outside of higher education. Like many other life science societies, ESA’s membership has long been dominated by academics. Through much of my own professional life, anything outside of college or university settings...

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ESA Selects 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients
Feb13

ESA Selects 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is honored to announce this year’s Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) recipients. This award provides graduate students with the opportunity to receive policy and communication training in Washington, D.C. before they meet lawmakers. Ten students were selected for this year’s award: Kristina J. Bartowitz (University of Idaho), Vanessa Constant (Oregon State University),...

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Member Services Offered by ESA – Core Mission or Fringe Benefits?
Feb05

Member Services Offered by ESA – Core Mission or Fringe Benefits?

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke February 5, 2019 Remarkably, the Ecological Society of America is more than a century old – but the relationship between scientific societies and their members have changed greatly in that time. Originally, societies existed primarily to offer their members journal subscriptions, publishing opportunities, and meetings for in-person networking. What does ESA furnish its members with today? How...

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ESA participates in the British Ecological Society annual meeting
Feb04

ESA participates in the British Ecological Society annual meeting

From ESA Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan, In December, Frontiers in Ecology and Environment Editor In Chief Sue Silver and I traveled to Birmingham, UK, to represent ESA at the British Ecological Society (BES) 2018 annual meeting. In addition to having complementary missions, BES and ESA have a long-standing relationship – BES will exhibit at ESA annual meetings, and its members regularly attend as well. This was the second...

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Offer Assistance to Members Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown
Jan25

Offer Assistance to Members Affected by the Federal Government Shutdown

Posted January 25, 2019 ESA thanks those who offered assistance to their colleagues during the partial federal government shutdown. Your spirit of generosity buoyed those affected in tangible and intangible ways. On Dec. 21, appropriations bills expired for some agencies within the federal government resulting in a 35-day partial government shutdown. On Friday, Jan. 25, congressional leaders announced an agreement to reopen the...

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ESA Endorses Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework
Jan14

ESA Endorses Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework

Participate in the 4DEE webinar on January 24, 2019, at 2pm! Register here to receive a link to the webinar. By Kenneth Klemow, Alan Berkowitz, Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, Carmen Cid, Jennifer Doherty, Diane Ebert-May, George Middendorf, Bob Pohlad, and Pamela Templer   January 14, 2019   “…ecological issues in this country are intensifying, and many overwhelmingly important ecological problems are now correctly...

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Nominate your colleagues (or yourself!) for the 2020 ESA Governing Board and the Board of Professional Certification
Jan04

Nominate your colleagues (or yourself!) for the 2020 ESA Governing Board and the Board of Professional Certification

A letter from Rich Pouyat, ESA president 2017-2018    As ESA Past President, part of my role is to ensure the continuity of governance in the Society, which means stewarding the election process as chair of the Nominations Committee. While part of the committee’s work is to identify promising candidates for roles in ESA’s volunteer leadership, we cannot be aware of every qualified member and feel that it is important to canvass...

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Evolving landscape for scientific publishing
Jan04

Evolving landscape for scientific publishing

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke January 4, 2019 Publishing research – sharing the methods and the findings of science – was a driving impetus for the formation of scientific societies. The Ecological Society of America launched in 1917 with the publication of its Bulletin and then in 1920 created the flagship journal Ecology. The economics of ESA producing these journals, of authors publishing in them, and of readers...

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ESA voices concern about EPA’s effort to weaken the Clean Water Rule
Dec11

ESA voices concern about EPA’s effort to weaken the Clean Water Rule

  Tuesday, December 11, 2018 For Immediate Release Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 x205, alison@esa.org   The Ecological Society of America is concerned with the proposed rule issued today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS). ESA urges the agencies to consider the far-reaching implications of...

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A Brief Summation of ESA’s Work to Diversify the Field and Stop Harassment
Dec05

A Brief Summation of ESA’s Work to Diversify the Field and Stop Harassment

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke December 5, 2018 I’ve often despaired of the slow progress the ecological science community is making toward reflecting the diversity of society overall. One advancement is the acknowledgment that diversifying STEM fields is not just about recruitment, but even more about retention. So many efforts over the past decades to recruit women and members of under-represented groups into science...

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