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Turning to a New Century

Outgoing ESA president Dr. Monica Turner highlighted ESA’s first century as she directed attention to present accomplishments and plans for the decades ahead. Her presidential address, The Turn of the Century (28 mb), included callouts to the centennial celebrated last year in Baltimore, as well as to HRC’s role in drawing attention to the organization’s history. In recognizing the 20th…

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Cover image of the July 2016 issue of the Bulletin. The cover has a closeup of a forest fire.

July 2016 Bulletin Rich in History

The July Bulletin of the ESA offers a wealth of history-related material, collected here (along with a few republished from April) for your browsing convenience. Resolutions honoring the memories of recently deceased ecologists: Historical Records Committee Newsletter: Upcoming Sessions at the Annual Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Bill Reiners reflects on the “Cowles-Cooper” tradition in plant ecology, as demonstrated by Murray…

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Dr. Helen F. Buell

Helen Foot Buell, a Quiet Partner

Helen Foot Buell, 1902-1995Ed. Note: In anticipation of a new essay on Murray (and Helen) Buell, scheduled to appear in the Bulletin‘s July 2016 issue, we wanted to share a brief profile of Helen Foot (sometimes spelled Foote) Buell, Murray’s long-time partner in life and field work—the other Dr. Buell.Dr. Jean Langenheim met Dr. Buell during Jean’s graduate studies at…

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Portrait image of Robert Treat Paine, 1979.

Robert Treat Paine, His Legacy Continues

The world of ecology is saddened today by news of the passing of Robert Paine, who died last night after an illness. Dr. Paine was president of ESA in 1979-1980; his role is captured in his reflections on his presidency, written in 2012 as part of the Past Presidents timeline project. April 13, 1933 – June 13, 2016 Reflections on…

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Frances C. James, An Ornithologist with a Propensity for Skepticism

Contributed by William Dritschilo Frances Crews James, September 29, 1930- For her doctoral dissertation, “Fran” James questioned a hoary ecological shibboleth, correcting Ernst Mayr with a bit of German translation in the process. Although she was very much on the sidelines of the fracas that earned some of her more vocal colleagues at Florida State University the epithet, “Tallahassee mafia”—which…

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Square logo for the ESA 2016 annual meeting. A transparent image with a building over a circular sun on a yellow background and a ESA 2016 stamp.

2016 HRC-related Sessions at Annual Meeting

August 7-12, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Julie Mulroy and Zoe Nyssa have assembled a terrific program for the Ft. Lauderdale meeting. We have an exceptionally diverse set of disciplines represented, as you will see from the descriptions below. Steven Armour, who is in charge of ESA’s electronic archives at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia, will be…

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Beverly J. Rathcke, Challenging Dogma, Training Students

Contributed by William Dritschilo Beverly Jean Rathcke, July 12, 1945- January 6, 2011 “Bev” Rathcke was a member of what Jean Langenheim described as the “First Modern Wave” of women ecologists in her review article on women in the science. Rathcke was noted for “challenging current dogma.” In particular, her early work on stem borers played an important part in…

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Portrait image of Charles Nilon with a yellow color backgroud.

Charles Nilon, Urban Wildlife Ecology

From an “Ecologist Directory” maintained by the ESA Education Office about 2004-2011. Profile circa 2004.Current: Professor of Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Missouri–Columbia, MO Education B.S. Biology, Morehouse CollegeM.F.S. Master of Forest Science with an emphasis on wildlife, Yale UniversityPh.D. Ecology/Wildlife Ecology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and ForestryDr. Nilon was awarded ESA’s Commitment…

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Portrait image of Dr. Mimi Lam who is in climbing gear including a red protective helmet.

Mimi Lam, Human Dimensions of Fisheries

From an “Ecologist Directory” maintained by the ESA Education Office about 2004-2011. Profile circa 2010.Current: Research Associate, UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, othersPh.D. Dalhousie UniversityB.Sc. Honours University of British ColumbiaDr. Lam served as an ESA Council Member-at-Large from 2011 to 2013, and as Chair of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section 2008-2011. Ecologist Profile Describe what you do and…

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Dr. Judith Vergun

Judith Vergun, Tradition and Ecology

From an “Ecologist Directory” maintained by the ESA Education Office about 2004-2011. Profile circa 2004.Currently, Director for Conference and Presentation Programs in the Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Related Professions, Washington DC.Professor (retired), College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University and School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Hawai’i at Manoa….

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