Extreme Makeovers: Clean Water Edition
Jun19

Extreme Makeovers: Clean Water Edition

Lauren Kuehne, a research scientist in the Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab at the University of Washington, shares this Frontiers Focus on the 1972 Clean Water Act and a review of progress and trends in freshwater assessments since the passage of this groundbreaking law, from the May 2017 issue of ESA Frontiers. Stories of transformations are fascinating – especially about deserving people who just want a shot at a better...

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Save The Waters of the United States Rule
Feb10

Save The Waters of the United States Rule

By Kenneth M. Klemow, Ph.D., professor of biology and environmental science and associate director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. Klemow is an ESA Fellow and a Certified Senior Ecologist. This essay was originally published in The Huffington Post on February 8, 2017.   During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly proclaimed that he would “drain that swamp”...

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Science-Informed Leadership: Graduate Students Mobilize Involvement in the New Executive Administration
Jan03

Science-Informed Leadership: Graduate Students Mobilize Involvement in the New Executive Administration

Guest post  by Jess Rudnick , a PhD student in Ecology at UC Davis, and Katy Dynarski, a PhD candidate in Soils and Biogeochemistry at UC Davis, are both founding members of the Science Informed Leadership effort. Shortly after the start of this New Year, our country will transition to a new presidential administration. Along with a change in the White House’s residents, the leadership of many federal agencies across the executive...

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Appreciate Trees this Holiday Season
Dec23

Appreciate Trees this Holiday Season

By Gary Lovett, Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY Tis the season when many Americans welcome trees into their homes. For millions of us, fresh-cut evergreens are at the heart of Christmas celebrations – a symbol of hope and joy. Sadly, the situation facing America’s trees is neither hopeful nor joyous. The Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas trees, has seen its...

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Armed conflict catches animals in the crossfire
Dec07

Armed conflict catches animals in the crossfire

Kaitlyn M Gaynor, a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California–Berkeley (Berkeley, CA), shares this Frontiers Focus on the effects of war on wildlife. When people make war, wildlife often becomes a casualty. Explosives and war materials kill living things that are not their targets. Valuable wildlife products, like ivory, finance militias. But the most devastating...

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We can harvest bioenergy from preserves while protecting biodiversity
Nov30

We can harvest bioenergy from preserves while protecting biodiversity

Koenraad Van Meerbeek, a researcher in the Departement Aard- en Omgevingswetenschappen (Earth and Environmental Sciences) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, shares this Frontiers Focus on the potential of Natura 2000 preserves to contribute biomass for bioenergy, without losing  biodiversity. Renewable energy from biomass, i.e. “bioenergy,” holds promise for climate change mitigation, but converting big tracts of land to...

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USA needs a sustained national ecosystem assessment
Nov18

USA needs a sustained national ecosystem assessment

By Cliff Duke, ESA’s director of Science Programs Americans are deeply divided about the proper uses of federal and private lands and the goods and services they supply us. Recent events, including the acquittal of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, protests of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, and the potential reopening of debates about the Keystone XL Pipeline, illustrate these value differences. Scientists...

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What is illegal wildlife trade?
Nov17

What is illegal wildlife trade?

By Jacob Phelps, lecturer in tropical environmental change and policy at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. My co-authors and I study and think about wildlife trade in a wide range of contexts, from the actions of wildlife harvesters imprisoned in Nepali jails, to orchid traders at Thai markets, to criminal groups poaching South African rhinos. In the context of global conservation, we call all of their activities “illegal...

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Biodiversity hotspots are also hotspots of invasion
Oct24

Biodiversity hotspots are also hotspots of invasion

By Xianping Li, of the Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology within the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China, as well as the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. Li and colleagues’ Research Communications paper “Risk of biological invasions is concentrated in biodiversity hotspots” appeared in the October 2016 issue of ESA Frontiers. Biological invasions...

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Q&A on public engagement with UMN IonE Director Jessica Hellmann
Oct21

Q&A on public engagement with UMN IonE Director Jessica Hellmann

ESA Fellow and AAAS Leshner Fellow Jessica Hellmann is director of the Institute on the Environment and a professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the University of Minnesota. Some ESA members regularly practice public engagement, but it often falls by the wayside due to lackluster support from their workplace and time pressures. Four ESA members, who are in the fist cohort of the AAAS Public Engagement Fellows of the Leshner...

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