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Microbial Ecology Section

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Word cloud from statements on microbial ecology generated at the virtual ME Section mixer during the 2020 ESA annual e-meeting

The Microbial Ecology Section of ESA supports ecologists who work with microbes and related microbial processes as their subjects of interest. We ask the same sort of ecological questions that would intrigue a plant or animal ecologist, and we work in ecosystems as varied as deep ocean hydrothermal vents and the interior of the human gut, and get as dirty as any other field ecologist. Our section supports microbial ecologists by providing student travel scholarships, facilitating interactions between microbial ecologists at the annual ESA meetings, through microbial outreach, and through posting job and funding opportunities

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Microbial Ecology Section is to promote research and education regarding the ecology of microorganisms. This shall include:

  • Encouragement of research regarding the ecology of bacteria, archaea, microeukarya, and viruses
  • Sponsorship of meetings concerning such research
  • Promotion of the integration of microbial ecology into the general study of ecology
  • Education of scientists and the general public regarding the pivotal role microorganisms play in ecological systems.

The Microbial Ecology Section is governed by ESA bylaws.

2020 Officers

Click here for a list of past officers of the Microbial Ecology section.


If you are an ecological or environmental microbiologist, we hope you will consider joining the Ecological Society of America and our section. To join us, fill out the membership form located on the ESA Membership site and scroll down to “V.Section Affiliation” and select “Microbial Ecology Section”. Annual section membership dues are $5. You may join us at any time: ESA memberships run January to December, regardless of when you join. We also hope that some of you will consider submitting your manuscripts to ESA Journals or other ecological publications as an alternative to the strictly microbiological literature.