Ecological Society of America

ESA Today

Spring 2011

Welcome to the 10th edition of ESA Today.  This brief, quarterly email is designed to keep members informed of key Society activities.

Climate Science Communication Summit

ESA participated in a summit on climate science communication hosted by the American Geophysical Union. Presidents, executive directors, and senior public policy staff from 17 scientific organizations heard from experts in the social sciences regarding communication of climate science, as well as from practitioners from the agriculture, energy, and military sectors.  The scientific groups will explore potential shared initiatives in the future.

Biological Infrastructure

With support from the National Science Foundation and in partnership with the Meridian Institute, ESA hosted a workshop on Strategies for Sustainability of Biological Infrastructure in November 2010.  The workshop (see report) identified the challenges to keeping long-term biological infrastructure projects operational, investigated different sustainability models, and developed recommendations for future collaboration.


SEEDS held its 6th annual Leadership Meeting at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest Conference Center with the theme “Defining and Conducting Stewardship and Action as Ecologists and Global Citizens.”   Presenters and mentors included ESA President Terry Chapin and participating students produced a video called “Hands of Change.”

Congressional Visits

ESA co-organized a Congressional Visits Day event, which included nearly 50 meetings with congressional offices and focused on federal investment in scientific research and education.  Participating scientists and were briefed on the federal budget process and heard from various agency and congressional officials.  ESA Graduate Student Policy Award winners  participated in all events.

Austin Annual Meeting

Registration has opened for ESA’s 96th Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.  With Earth Stewardship as its theme, the meeting will feature numerous sessions to further explore that topic, kicking off with Sunday’s Opening Plenary panel discussion that will address religious and moral, psychological, and management aspects of nurturing stewardship of the planet.  Other highlights include Monday’s keynote speaker, MacArthur Award Winner Stephen Pacala, and a Thursday night live music concert.

Travel Support

Many of ESA’s Sections and Chapters offer student travel awards for the Society’s Annual Meeting.  There is still time for student members to apply for awards and travel grants for August’s meeting in Austin, Texas. 

Frontiers Survey

ESA is conducting a readership survey for Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to ensure that the journal is meeting the needs of its readers.  All ESA members will shortly receive an email requesting participation in a 16-question survey, focusing on readers’ opinions of the various sections of the journal. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete.  You can also access the survey online.  Please participate – your opinions are crucial for the future of the journal.  As a thank you, ESA will conduct a drawing for three participants to win a $100 gift card from either L.L. Bean or REI.   


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