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Honoring Black History Month

This letter is provided by the leadership of ESA’s Black Ecologists Section and supported by ESA. The ESA Black Ecologists Section and the Ecological Society of America would like to celebrate Black History Month and the many contributions of past and present Black ecologists and environmentalists. We are thankful for all the Black scientists who helped advance the field of…

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ESA Statement on Bomb Threats at HBCU Campuses

In the strongest possible terms, the Ecological Society of America condemns the recent bomb threats aimed at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The disruption to normal campus life adds fear, stress and enormous strain as colleges try to operate safely during the pandemic. It is especially egregious during Black History month when we reflect on the sacrifices and achievements…

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Remembering EO Wilson

EO Wilson spent his life devoted to understanding, cherishing and engaging with society in every way possible to protect biodiversity on our beautiful planet. With the massive hemorrhaging of species and natural habitat, we can wonder whether he felt defeated in the end. But we can also ask what would have happened if he had not spent his life devoted to saving life and its diversity?

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Tom Lovejoy Tribute

The world lost a dedicated scientist and enthusiastic spokesperson for the environment with the passing of Tom Lovejoy. His optimism, generosity, and compassion inspired an amazing spectrum of ecologists, conservation biologists, economists, politicians, celebrities, and students.

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What New Changes to ESA’s Governance Mean for You

As you may recall, ESA formally made the latest in a series of changes to our Bylaws, as recommended by the Governing Board and adopted by the ESA Council last August. Overall, the goal of these changes in our Bylaws is to enhance participation of members in leadership roles and to add transparency to ESA decision-making processes. The new Bylaws…

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ESA Statement on the Safety of Ecologists at Field Stations

We are concerned by the recent news report on sexual misconduct associated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). We commend the courageous women who came forward to share their experiences and hold the perpetrators accountable. For ecologists, this situation hits us close to home because many of the women targeted are colleagues in our field. In the short term,…

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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month and the Ecological Society of America honors our Native American members and the broader Native American communities as stewards of the lands and waters they have inhabited for many generations.

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Ecological Monographs Update

30 June 2021 Dear ESA Membership, Dr. Aimée Classen gave the Governing Board notice of her resignation as Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Monographs, effective December 2021. We thank her for her exemplary service and dedication to Monographs, and to ESA publications. She put her vision into action and strengthened Monographs’ impact to become one of the leading outlets for comprehensive studies…

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ESA Governing Board Approves Major Initiatives

by Kathleen Weathers, ESA President The ESA Governing Board members met for its spring meeting over Zoom May 11-12. Even with the virtual social limitations, Board members were highly engaged, and ever-thoughtful as we considered several important—some even called them historic—positive strides forward. Agenda topics focused on advancing ESA’s strategic priorities, the health of ESA’s finances, discussions of future ESA…

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