ESA Annual Report
Informing policy and management with ecological science, special workshops and conferences on using large scale data sets and exploring solutions to water allocation, and exciting developments in the Society's prized diversity program were just a few of the many activities that made for a busy year for the Society and its vibrant membership. Find out more about by looking at the 2009 annual report here.
Opportunities to Support Science Education
ESA has partnered with other scientific societies to support new learning and research resources for grades 8-12 audiences through two innovative projects: National Lab Day and Planting Science http://www.plantingscience.org/. National Lab Day is the response of the scientific community http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/educate-innovate to President Obama's call to improve science and math education in the nation's schools and matches the expertise of scientists with the needs and interests of educators. Planting Science promotes hands-on learning and research by connecting student projects with mentor scientists. Sign up today to play your part in building scientific literacy.
Managing Ecosystems under a changing Climate
In a position statement released earlier this week, the Ecological Society of America outlines strategies that focus on restoring and maintaining natural ecosystem functions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In a corresponding press release, ESA President Mary Power said, "e;If we are going to reduce the possibility of irreversible damage to the environment under climate change, we need to take swift but measured action to protect and manage our ecosystems."e; View the statement here.
Recommendations for USGS Climate and Wildlife Science Center
ESA, in collaboration with The Wildlife Society and the Meridian Institute, recently completed a Final Report on Outreach and Recommendations for operation of the US Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. The report is available here.
ESA now offers a new venue to keep SEEDS students and Chapters connected: SEEDSNET offers community blogs, forums and bi-monthly highlights on ecology themes. In addition, this new venue will host winter and spring virtual career fairs, connecting students with employment and graduate school opportunities and encouraging alumni to post advice on grad school applications and employment interview questions. For more information about SEEDS, click here.
Supporting a New Generation of Ecologists
ESA's Fund for the Future - formerly called the Millennium Fund - is focused on the development of a new generation of ecologists. Its current priority is supporting the award-winning ESA SEEDS program and the Real Brown Student Travel Fund for students to attend ESA's annual meeting. Contributions will help inspire a new generation of leaders with the skills to shape the agenda for ecological science in next decade.