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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ESA Selects 2020 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Recipients
Mar02

ESA Selects 2020 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. ESA selected twelve students to receive the award: Tiffany L. Betras (University of Pittsburgh), Callie R. Chappell (Stanford University),...

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ESA Council Votes to Accept New Bylaws
Jan31

ESA Council Votes to Accept New Bylaws

Dear ESA Members, I am pleased to announce that the ESA Council approved new Bylaws for the Society to replace ESA’s constitution. The Bylaws go into effect March 1, 2020. The Council’s vote supports the decision made last fall by the general membership to accept the new governance documents. Read the blog post from last November for more details on the process. ESA’s Governing Board members now turn their attention to determine if...

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ESA updates its wildfire, forest management, and climate resources
Jan10

ESA updates its wildfire, forest management, and climate resources

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has updated its virtual issue on “Wildfire, Forest Management, and Climate.” ESA scientists with expertise on wildfire drivers, ecosystem impacts, and other related issues are available for comment and to respond to questions and inquiries. As the likelihood and intensity of fires is increasing amid drought and climate warming, multiple approaches for understanding and mitigation are needed...

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A Brief Look Back at ESA in 2019
Jan07

A Brief Look Back at ESA in 2019

An update from Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan Happy New Year!  As ESA members and staff begin a new year in 2020, I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on a few of our accomplishments in 2019.  The ESA Governing Board led an effort to draft a new strategic plan that will guide our efforts through 2022.  In addition, they have begun a review of ESA governance that has resulted in changes to modernize ESA Bylaws. ...

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ESA joins other scientific societies in opposing potential Trump executive order
Dec24

ESA joins other scientific societies in opposing potential Trump executive order

  Blogpost by Osvaldo Sala, ESA President On December 18, ESA joined 125 other societies in sending a letter to address a potential Trump administration executive order that would require all papers produced by federally funded research be made freely available immediately upon publication. While ESA supports open data and facilitates the accessibility of its science content to the broadest audiences, implementing this executive...

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ESA Executive Director visits British Ecological Society Meeting
Dec20

ESA Executive Director visits British Ecological Society Meeting

Blog post by ESA Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan This week I traveled to Northern Ireland for the first time to represent ESA at the British Ecological Society meeting in Belfast. Traveling to Belfast directly from the U.S. is difficult, as most flights go through London, so I flew to Dublin and took a two-hour bus ride across the border. Fortunately Brexit was not yet an issue so the trip went smoothly (there is...

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ESA Updating its Governance to Better Serve Its Members
Nov15

ESA Updating its Governance to Better Serve Its Members

Osvaldo Sala, ESA President Jessica Gurevitch, ESA Secretary Evan DeLucia, ESA Vice President for Finance Over the past year, the ESA Governing Board has been working to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the Society’s governance, with efforts resulting in proposed changes to our governing documents. Many changes have occurred in the 23 years since the most recent constitution and bylaws were put into place, and parts of those...

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