David Lodge, ESA President, 2016-17

At the 2016 annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, David Lodge took office as ESA’s president. As Director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, he is an expert on invasive species, with research focused on freshwater ecology; invasive species biology and bioeconomics; ecological risk analysis; global changes and biodiversity; and environmental ethics and policy.
In September, Dr. Lodge was profiled in ESA’s blog, Ecotone. He says:

“The need is greater than ever for rigorous scientific information about the dependence of humans on nature, and how we can continue to meet our needs now while protecting the natural capital necessary to provide ecosystem goods and services for future generations. The Ecological Society of America will continue to be the source for such information—from discoveries of how nature works to the application of those discoveries for the benefit of all. I am honored and humbled to serve ESA as president…”

With experience in collaboration, Dr. Lodge seems a good choice to launch this first year of a new national administration. He has partnered with nonprofits like The Nature Conservancy to bridge from science to public policy and recently served on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board.
The ESA blog also recently reviewed the progress of the presidential transition (Dec 14, 2016).