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Our 2020 Annual Meeting

ESA will be holding a totally virtual Annual Meeting this year from August 3–6 in response to the pandemic. The virtual meeting will provide four days of inspiration and community, an opportunity to focus on your research and your career, and a way to connect with colleagues and leaders from across the field. Below are frequently asked questions about the virtual meeting.

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Scholarships and Travel Grants

Sign up to be a Student Presentation Judge

We are seeking non-student judges to judge the Buell and Braun Awards that recognize the most outstanding student presentations at each year’s meeting.  Please email Danielle Slatkin to sign up by July 17.

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Apply for Travel Support

To help make the ESA annual meeting more accessible for those facing barriers to attend, the Governing Board has set aside $20,000 from the Opportunity Fund to help support attendee travel this year. Applicants must be an ESA member to be eligible.

Many of ESA’s sections and chapters offer competitive travel awards for each year’s meeting. This year there will be one application form and one deadline for all sections and chapters as well as the Opportunity Fund. More details will be announced in early 2020.

Donate to Our Fund for the Future

Your generosity helps ESA meet the challenges of the future and inspire a new generation of leaders with the skills to shape the agenda for ecological science in next decade.

Giving Opportunities

Submit to the Bulletin of the ESA

Become a reviewer for the ESA journals Check to see if you’re already registered in the ScholarOne database. Select the following link and then select the “reset password” link. Be sure to add or update your areas of expertise.

Run for Office

If you’re interested in helping shape the policies of the Society and don’t mind putting in a fair amount of time and energy, consider running for a position on the Society’s Board. The Board meets three or four times a year and charts the Society’s course in all realms, from administration to publications to education and policy. Discuss your interest with a member of the Governing Board.

ESA Leadership Roster


Every section and chapter of ESA has a chair, but many also have active vice chairs, secretaries, webmasters, treasurers, team leads and more. A strong team of volunteers filling various roles means that sections can advance their specialties; chapter leads can coordinate events that bring ecologists of all stripes together for regional events. And that’s just the beginning! If you’re interested, get in touch with your section or chapter chair, or connect with ESA’s membership team.

Section and Chapter Leadership

Join a Committee

ESA Committees focus on a host of different activities undertaken by the Society. The Science Steering Committee works with the Science Programs Office to develop or define research needs, catalyze or develop integrative, cross-disciplinary approaches for applying ecological information, and communicate ecological knowledge to inform management and policy decisions. The Public Affairs Committee works with staff in the Public Affairs Office to raise awareness of ESA and ecological science among members of the media, lawmakers, resource managers, and others who need ecological expertise. The Education and Human Resources Committee focuses on enhancing the Society’s education and outreach and advancing minority participation in ecology. There are many other committees, some standing and some temporarily created for a particular ESA project.

Grants and Fellowships
Education and Human Resources Committee
Finance & Investment Committee
Meetings Committee
Historical Records

International Relations
Professional Ethics and Appeals
Public Affairs
Science Committee

Visit with Congress

The capitol dome of the United States of America.

Help ESA raise awareness about ecological science in the policy world. Policymakers continue to say they don’t see scientists often enough in the Halls of Congress. Consider visiting, writing, or calling your Senators and Representatives either when you’re in Washington, DC or in your home district when Congress is in recess. Also, join in the Annual Congressional Visits Day to encourage support of federal research. The ESA Public Affairs Office can help you every step of the way and you’ll find how-to tips and legislative updates at Public Policy & Media homepage. For more information, contact Alison Mize (Email: gro.asenull@nosila).

There are lots of ways to get involved in policy and advocacy around ecology — learn more.

Mentor and Support Other Scientists

A substantial body of ESA’s members are students, or early career ecologists, or ecologists in career or academic transitions. If you’ve been down at least one of those roads (and you have), you can help others navigate their way to success. The SEEDS program, for instance, needs mentors, as does the Career Fair at the Annual Meeting. You can also help out at the Diversity Forum, lead a SEEDS event or host a webinar. Your section may even be looking for mentors! Get started by contacting the ESA education and diversity staff.

Keep up the good work!

Let ESA help you so you may help others

Attend a workshop or ESA sponsored course. At Strategies for Success, participants develop an action plan for their project, learn from expert faculty, and network with colleagues.


Volunteer Editors

Volunteer as an Associate Editor in the US National Vegetation Classification peer review process.



Issues in Ecology uses commonly understood language to report the consensus of a panel of scientific experts on issues related to the environment. The audience for Issues in Ecology includes decision-makers at all levels for whom an objective presentation of the underlying science will increase the occurrence of ecologically-informed decisions.

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