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The Physiological Ecology Section is one of the largest sections in the Ecological Society of America. Its primary purpose is to promote research, teaching, and communication in physiological ecology of both animals and plants. The Section sponsors symposia at the annual ESA meetings, holds meetings of its members, and facilitates communication through mailings and the electronic newsgroup bionet.ecology.physiology.

Contributing to the career development of our (professionally) younger members is also a primary goal. The Section leadership and members therefore actively participate in programs that provide training and networking opportunities. This includes the Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability: Diverse People for a Diverse Science (SEEDS) Program. SEEDS offers several opportunities for undergraduate students to learn about ecological science (check out their website for more information). The Section also maintains strong links to the ESA Student Section facilitated by our Student Liason (see our Officers Page for contact information). In addition, the Section offers several awards for excellence in research and assistance with travel costs to the Annual ESA meeting. Please check our Awards page for information on past recipients and for how to apply. Finally, look for us at the new “Networking for Students and Early Career Professionals” event at the Annual ESA meeting as well.

If you work in Physiological Ecology or have a developing interest in this exciting field, join us! Visit the ESA Membership site, and on the application form scroll down to “Section & Chapter Affiliation” and select “Physiological Ecology Section”. Annual membership dues are $5. You can join us at any time, but you must be a member of ESA. If you’re not already a member of ESA, you can use the link above to join ESA at the same time. ESA memberships run January-December, regardless of when you join.

For an overview of the section, see Jeannine Cavender-Bares’s ignite talk (.pdf), which she created for the 2014 ESA meeting.

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