ESA SEEDS program receives NSF award
Jul29

ESA SEEDS program receives NSF award

Thanks to a $1.3 million award, DEB-1929524, from the National Science Foundation, the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) SEEDS – Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability – program will be able to build upon the gains achieved in the past two decades to support and retain diverse talent in the ecological sciences through 2024. ESA SEEDS: Exploring Science and Careers in Ecology will weave career development...

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Philanthropic roots yielding fruit at ESA’s meeting
Jul29

Philanthropic roots yielding fruit at ESA’s meeting

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke July 29, 2019 As I’ve written here previously, the Ecological Society of America works hard to manage its financial resources for the broadest possible benefit of its members. We strive to keep dues, meeting registration fees, and the cost of our services as low as possible to maximize access and value. Grants from governmental and foundation sources can support additional offerings. But in...

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Celebrating and Empowering ESA – A Journey Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
Jul22

Celebrating and Empowering ESA – A Journey Towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

Kennedy “Ned” Rubert-Nason, University of Maine at Fort Kent; ESA Inclusive Ecology section Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America Aramati Casper, Colorado State University; ESA Inclusive Ecology section Zakiya Leggett, North Carolina State University; ESA SEEDS alumna When it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, knowing that there is a safe space to broach highly sensitive topics is a big deal. The Ecological...

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ESA’s Annual Meeting Evolving to Meet Member Needs
Jul01

ESA’s Annual Meeting Evolving to Meet Member Needs

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke July 1, 2019 Scientific conferences play key roles in the growth of a discipline and in the careers of scientists. Members of the Ecological Society of America tell us that the annual August meeting is a valued benefit, both in surveys and by participating in the meetings. As I’ve noted in this space before, the meeting is also important to the Society as a venue for serving our members and...

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Managing the ESA budget
Jun04

Managing the ESA budget

Blogpost from ESA President Laura Huenneke June 4, 2019 ESA strives to provide excellent programs that benefit its members. A great deal of thought and planning goes into the ESA budget to ensure that programs are successful and are meeting our members’ expectations. An important role of the ESA Governing Board is to oversee finances.  ESA’s members pay annual dues, and those attending our meetings pay registration fees. What other...

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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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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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ESA joins the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment
Apr23

ESA joins the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment

From ESA Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan, ESA has joined the Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment as one of the 100 inaugural members. The formation of this consortium was a process that began last fall, with an all-day workshop on the issue of sexual harassment in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM). Convened by AGU and AAAS, ESA joined with representatives of over 70 scientific societies...

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Call for New ESA Rapid Response Team Members
Apr19

Call for New ESA Rapid Response Team Members

We are expanding the Society’s Rapid Response Team (RRT), a diverse group of about 50 ecologists who are subject matter experts and help ESA address policy and media opportunities in a timely and effective manner. ESA invites any member to apply to be a member of the RRT. One of ESA’s central missions is to share ecological information with policymakers and members of the media. Since the Society opened its Public Affairs Office in...

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Ecological Society of America announces 2019 award recipients
Apr16

Ecological Society of America announces 2019 award recipients

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present the 2019 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky. The awards ceremony will take place during the Scientific Plenary, Monday, August 12, at 8 AM in Ballroom C in the Kentucky International Convention Center. Learn...

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