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HRC July 2020 Newsletter

Note: This newsletter is the last to be contributed by former HRC Chair Dr. Sharon Kingsland. We appreciate her efforts on behalf of ESA’s historical records. Forty Years Ago: The Ecology of Infectious Diseases as an Emerging Field By Sharon Kingsland, Newsletter Editor The Resolution of Respect appearing in the October issue of the Bulletin reviews the extraordinary career of…

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History of Long-Term Ecology Research

The latest HRC newsletter (April 2020) offers a look back in recognition of the 40th anniversary of LTER programming. Here’s the introduction: The Long-Term Ecological Research Program turns Forty 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program. Initially described as a “pilot project” and an “experiment,” the program started modestly with only…

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HRC Newsletters

This is the last of the HRC newsletters prepared by Sharon Kingsland. Since April 2015, the following issues have been published: July 2020, featuring Robert May and the ecology of infectious diseases. April 2020, 40th anniversary of the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and its roots in the earlier International Biological Program (IBP, 1967-74). January 2020, 50th anniversary of Earth…

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Grace Brush and the Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

I graduated from college with a degree in Economics, which I liked alot; but the only job I could get after graduating was as a lab technician in a Geological Survey of Canada coal research laboratory. I did minor in Geology. The lab was very small—only a half dozen people.

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ESA’s Evolving Leadership

In 1982, these twelve ESA presidents and past-presidents gathered at the annual meeting for a photo. They represent 32 years of ESA history, from 1951 to 1981, but quite a few are missing. The earliest president in attendance for this photo is Samuel Charles Kendeigh, who served in 1951, immediately following ESA’s first female president, E. Lucy Braun, who was…

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Jean Langenheim’s Interdisciplinary Explorations

Jean Harmon Langenheim September 5, 1925 – March 28, 2021We are sad to report that Dr. Langenheim passed away last Sunday at the age of 95. She will be missed by many who knew and worked with her. Obituary from University of California, Santa Cruz. Obsessed with ideas of “how it all fit together,” Dr. Jean Langenheim, in reflecting on…

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Deep Ecology: Remembering Becky Sharitz

Deep Ecology with Becky: A remembrance of Dr. Rebecca Sharitzby Neil Pederson, who posted this tribute at his site Broadleaf Papers. He is Senior Ecologist at Harvard Forest. We think it nicely conveys a sense of being in the field with Dr. Sharitz. This essay is cross-posted here with permission.We’ve provided some dates and other information below Dr. Pederson’s post….

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Fifty Years Ago: The Development of Thermal Ecology at SREL

Fifty Years Ago: The Development of Thermal Ecology at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratoryby Sharon KingslandFrom the HRC newsletter, #16, January 2019Download the January 2019 HRC Newsletter, as pdf.The recent passing of Rebecca (Becky) Sharitz in October 2018 prompts reflections on how the national laboratories created after the Second World War provided opportunities for the growth of ecology and the…

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New Orleans Meeting 2018

The plenary talk at the 2018 New Orleans meeting, presented by Robert Twilley, has been uploaded by ESA and is available. Robert Twilley is executive director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program and a distinguished professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Science at Louisiana State University. Among the discussion, the talk includes historical content related to the…

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Women in Ecology Update

Looking for Women in Science (especially Ecology)? You can find a bunch of them here. For the last few years, we’ve been focusing on female ecologists, especially during Women’s History Month (March) each year. Visit our page devoted to these women for a full list of links. The good news is we have much more to come! Thanks to the…

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