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We are the world’s largest community of professional ecologists

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ESA is a community of 9,000 scientists, researchers, decision-makers, policy managers, and educators who are dedicated to understanding life on earth. We are an advocate for ecology and a voice for ecologists. ESA strengthens connections within and outside our community to support your work and promotes ecological science. As our discipline expands its boundaries with new ideas, new experimental tools, and the recruitment of young scientists, we hope you will join us.

ESA now offers the convenience to automatically renew your membership on an annual basis. Please contact the ESA membership office for more information or complete the “Auto-Renewal” information using the online or print membership form.

All memberships (except Life and Emeritus) are based on the calendar year and run from January 1 through December 31. Membership includes a subscription to all ESA journals including a print subscription to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Benefits of belonging to ESA include:

  • RESEARCH: Online access to all six ESA publications, including:
    • FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: Monthly print copies and online access to this top-ranked journal.
  • DEVELOPMENT: Advance your career through peer mentorship, education, and diversity initiatives.
  • NETWORKING: As the world’s largest community of professional ecologists, you can connect with thousands of scientists, educators, practitioners and enthusiasts from all of the world through our:
    • Member Directory: Identify and collaborate with researchers and professionals in your area (login required).
    • Chapters and Sections: Every member may join one chapter or section for free as part of their annual membership, and can join additional ones for just $5 per (chapters and sections receive $5 per member per year to fund activity). A chapter is regionally based; a section represents a scientific discipline or other interest area.
  • DISCOUNTS: ESA members enjoy substantial savings on everything from the Annual Meeting to professional certification and even to publishing (each journal has its own practices; see the author guidelines for each).
  • ADVOCACY and IMPACT: We work with media to convey the value of ecological research results to the general public, as well as to garner federal support for ecological research.

Membership Pricing

Regular Membership

Annual Income Dues
Under $40,000  $73
$40,001 – $60,000  $114
$60,001 – $100,000  $139
$100,001 – $150,000  $169
Over $150,001  $197
Students  $39
A copy of a valid student ID card required by email to the ESA membership office. Please also inform us your anticipated degree (BA, MS, PhD, etc.) and anticipated degree year in the email.

Contributing Member  $318
Provides an addition level of annual support to ESA programs.

Life Member  $2,913
Enjoy lifetime membership benefits offered through the Society. Chapter and section memberships must be renewed on an annual basis.

Developing Country Membership
Regular  $59
Student  $24
Developing Country Memberships are available to individuals who are citizens of a developing country and currently residing in that country. For a list of developing countries, select the following link. Worldbank™ Country Classifications

Emeritus Membership

Complimentary and available to retired individuals who have been ESA members for at least 30 consecutive years. If you have recently retired and think you may be eligible for this category, please contact the ESA membership office to verify your eligibility. Chapter and section memberships must be renewed on an annual basis, which can be done online.

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Membership

Membership dues are non-refundable. However, if you paid for a membership by mistake on our member portal, written request of refund with explanations must be emailed to the ESA membership office within 30 days from the date of your membership dues payment.