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Get Involved with ESA

Participate in the Annual Meeting

Preside over a session

Presiding is a great way to network at the meeting while helping a session run smoothly. Presiders interact with each speaker and help manage the session, so it is an opportunity to meet speakers presenting on a topic of interest to you. We will being recruiting for presiders when the contributed sessions are scheduled in late May.

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Become a student volunteer

ESA’s staff relies on student volunteers to help run our Annual Meeting each year. Volunteers who complete their assignments (about 14 hours of work) will receive a refund of their Early Bird registration fee. Example duties include assisting with A/V, the information desk, the ESA exhibit hall booth, and the registration desk.

Student Volunteers

Serve as a student awards judge

We are seeking judges to help us evaluate student presentations for this year’s Buell and Braun Awards. These awards recognize the most outstanding student presentations at each year’s meeting. We ask that each judge sign up for at least 5 presentations to judge over the course of the meeting. 

Student Awards Judges

Mentor a student

As scientists, educators and professionals it is our responsibility to pass down personal experiences and lend a hand to the successors who will stand on your shoulders.  Your experience can be critical in the future of ecological science.  We invite research scientists and professionals to join our team of mentors.

ESA Mentor Program

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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