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Diana Wall poses for a portrait in an open semi-arid field.

Write-up of Diana Wall in Nature

Nature published a great summary of Diana Wall’s soil ecology research last month. Wall served as president of ESA in 1999-2000 and became a Fellow of the Society in 2012. If you want to learn more about her, here’s more from around our website: a profile of Wall her perspective on the events and accomplishments of her ESA presidency her…

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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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Graph of meeting attendance using data from Meetings table

Annual meetings trivia – Fort Lauderdale edition

With this year’s annual meeting fast approaching, we thought it was time for a little meetings trivia! The annual meeting has only ever been held in Florida once before: in Gainesville at the University of Florida in 1954 This is the first time ever the annual meeting is in Fort Lauderdale The annual meeting is huge! More than 4500 people…

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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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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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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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Celebrating Women in Ecology–since 1988

This post is part of a series for Women’s History Month, March 2016. See all related posts. In August 1988, Dr. Jean Harmon Langenheim spoke to ESA members as the Society’s past president. Her speech, The Path and Progress of American Women Ecologists, was published in the ESA Bulletin the following December. In the introduction, she wrote: “For my address…

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Women in Ecology, Then and Now

This post is part of a series for Women’s History Month, March 2016. See all related posts. Thirty years ago, Dr. Jean Langenheim initiated a project on “women ecologists” by sending letters to dozens of women who were practicing ecology, most of whom were in the United States. From her position as ESA’s past president, she asked each of them…

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