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ESA joins 151 scientific groups in letter urging President Trump to rescind visa and immigration order

January 31, 2017 President Donald J. Trump The White House United States of America   Dear President Trump: The January 27, 2017, White House Executive Order on visas and immigration has profound implications for diplomatic, humanitarian, and national security interests, in part because of the negative impact on US science and engineering capacity. The undersigned organizations — representing a broad spectrum…

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Call for public input on Northwest Forest Plan Science Synthesis

The U.S. Forest Service is revising the policies and guidelines governing the management of federal forests in the Pacific Northwest. Two decades of ecological research and monitoring data have accumulated since the adoption of the Northwest Forest Plan in 1994. To inform revisions, the Pacific Northwest (which includes Oregon and Washington) and Pacific Southwest (which includes California) Research Stations instigated…

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ESA Special Election Message: The Transition

The following statement is attributable to Ecological Society of America President David M. Lodge. ESA is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists. “Although the US election promises great changes, the laws of nature will  remain unchanged. These include the dependence of human welfare on clean water, clean air, well managed fish populations, abundant bees to pollinate our crops, and…

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ESA donates $12,000 in environmental offsets to Florida’s Archbold Biological Station

To offset the environmental cost of bringing ecologists to the 101th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL., ESA is contributing $5 for each person attending to support a biodiversity hotspot in the region When over 2,400 individuals from across the United States and around the globe convene for a scientific conference such as the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) meeting in Fort…

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Forging ahead: the #ESA100 (2014-15) annual report

The 2014-2015 (August to August) Annual Report is online. The 100th year of the society featured lively conversations on the past, present, and future of ecology. We marked the centennial with special additions to the annual meeting program, reflections on notable papers of the last century, a contest imagining the ecological work of the future, and Centennial research articles, among many other projects. The year…

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Landscape ecologist Monica Turner travels in her team’s boat, PICO1, across Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park in July 2012 to access long-term study plots in areas that burned during the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Named for Pinus contorta, the lodgepole pines that dominate Yellowstone’s forests, PICO1 gets Turner and her group to remote study areas that are more easily reached from the lakeshore. The July trip was part of a major resampling of long-term plots 25 years after the 1988 fires. Turner took over the presidency of the Ecological Society of America in August, 2015, and will serve one year. Credit, Monica Turner.

Landscape ecologist Monica Turner steps up as ESA’s 2015-16 President

Monica Turner, the Eugene P. Odum Professor of Ecology and a Vilas Research Professor in the Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison became President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) on August 14, 2015. She will serve for one year. “It is a tremendous honor to serve as President of the Ecological Society of America, and even moreso to…

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California Refugio Oil Spill

On May 19, 2015, an oil pipeline ruptured releasing up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean near the pristine Refugio State Beach located in Santa Barbara County. The oil spill area stretches over 9 miles of the California coastline. Refugio State Beach and fisheries for both fish and shellfish are closed.

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Jill Parsons facilitates discussions as instructors fine-tune the 2015 training course program.

Lessons in Finance for Sustaining Biological Infrastructure

Sustaining Biological Infrastructure training course, 9-11 June 2015 Living stocks, field stations, museum collections, data archives – a wealth of material and data infrastructure support the everyday activities of biologists. Collections and tools require steady funding to maintain materials and services and infrastructure managers must also be able to innovate, developing their resources to get the most value for users….

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