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Activities at the Annual Meeting

Policy Section Booth 

All week – Location: Exhibit/Poster Hall

Come meet Policy Section leaders and members, write postcards to your lawmakers, and grab information on science policy fellowships and resources to help connect your science to policy. In addition, we will have some evidence-based policy bingo cards to use during the upcoming political debate season AND exclusive Policy Section stickers!

SS 10 Local Science Policy Issues in Louisville: Linking Ecology, Decision-Making, and Community Health

Monday, August 12, 2019 10:15 to 11:30am –  Kentucky International Convention Center  – L013
In this special session, come hear about partnerships and projects in the local Louisville area that connect ecologists, decision-makers, and community members to promote human and environmental health. Panelists, including both ecologists and community leaders involved with these projects, will discuss how ecological knowledge can inform decision-making around issues of local importance, including new development and the legacy effects of past urbanization. Panelists will also give their perspectives on how community relationships can refine and amplify the utility of science and ultimately make science more useful to impacted communities. Finally, panelists will speak to overcoming the challenges of informing local decisions through science and building relationships successfully. Among the projects discussed will be Green Heart Louisville, a first of its kind study to rigorously and scientifically assess the impact of green space on air quality and health in urban communities. Members of Green Heart Louisville will also facilitate an interactive exercise during the session in which the ecological knowledge of the audience will be applied to help achieve some of the urban ecosystem design goals of the project.

WK 18 Know Your Rights: Legal Issues for Scientists Interested in Advocacy and Activism

Monday, August 12, 11:30 to 1:15 PM –  Kentucky International Convention Center – M105/106

Scientists in the United States are increasingly participating in various forms of science-related activism and political engagement. If you’re one of them, it’s crucial that you understand your legal rights and responsibilities. Although the chances of encountering trouble when you stand up for science are small, political activism as a scientist can be slippery. Some well-meaning researchers and academics have experienced problems after advocating for science or taking a personal political stance. What’s a scientist to do? Don’t fret—prep.

In this workshop, attorneys from the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund will cover the practical legal issues that active scientists should be aware of. We’ll focus on why and how scientists should separate their personal advocacy and activism from their professional role. We’ll also discuss what falls under the definition of “lobbying” and how federally-funded and federally-funded scientists can be politically active without violating anti-lobbying laws.

Our goal is to arm researchers from all disciplines with the tools and knowledge they need to safely and effectively organize and speak up for science, and help them understand what to do if they end up in political crosshairs.

The first half of the workshop will feature a presentation. The second half is devoted to Q&A with dialogue and audience participation encouraged throughout.

Science Policy Parley  

Monday, August 12, 2:30 – 3:30 PM – Career Fair in Exhibit/Poster Hall

Ever wanted to get the inside scoop on careers in science policy? Ever wanted to get a chance to ask questions of someone working in science policy? Ever wanted to explore another career possibility? If you answered yes (or even maybe) to any of these questions, consider stopping the Science Policy Parley where we will be hosting a series of informal Q&A sessions with science-policy practitioners. The conversations will be moderated with plenty of time for audience questions and group discussion.

ESA Policy Section, ESA Comms & Engagement Section, ESA Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section, and the Union of Concerned Scientists

Monday, August 12, 2019 06:30 to 8:00 PM – Mixer – Bluegrass Brewing Company, at 654 S 4th St., Louisville, KY.

This networking mixer will bring together three ESA sections and the Union of Concerned Scientists to mingle, get to know each other, and foster future collaborations! We will have prizes to raffle off!

POSTER: 3 Morphological changes of native Daphnia species in response to the invasive predator Bythotrephes longimanus

Tuesday, August 13, 8:40 to 9:00 AM – ESA Policy Section Travel Award Winner* – Kentucky International Convention Center – L004

Emily L. Kiehnau* and Lawrence J. Weider, Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Chemical cues from predators induce morphological defenses such as helmets, neck teeth, and elongated tail spines in many Daphnia species. These induced morphologies are defensive agents against predators, halting or reducing predation. The goal of this study was to compare the morphology of native Daphnia species when exposed to cue/no cue from the invasive predator Bythotrephes longimanus. A resurrection ecology approach was used to recover and hatch Daphnia resting eggs from lake sediments that were deposited before (pre-invasion) and after (post-invasion) B. longimanus invasion. Established Daphnia genotypes (i.e., clones) were used to examine whether a plastic (in response to B. longimanus cue) and/or evolutionary morphology of pre- and post-invasion daphniids differs. To address this question, clones of three Daphnia species (D. pulicaria, D. mendotae, D. ambigua) representing pre-/post-invasion time periods, were raised for four weeks in B. longimanus cue and no cue media, then were preserved and key morphological traits (i.e., eye diameter, head length, body length, and tail-spine length) were measured. This was done to elucidate predator cue-induced morphological change in pre- and post-invasion clones of the three Daphnia species. The results of this study will help address how native Daphnia are responding to the invasion of B. longimanus.

POSTER: 7 Perceptions of invasive species introductions, impacts, and management in an American island territory

Tuesday, August 13, 10:10 to 10:30 AM – ESA Policy Section Travel Award Winner* –  Kentucky International Convention Center – L007/008

Ann Marie Gawel*, Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, Dara Wald, Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Iowa State University, Ames, IA and Haldre S. Rogers, Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Iowa State, Ames, IA

When making conservation decisions, managers must consider a variety of biological and environmental factors. In addition, public perception and other social factors must also be considered and can often determine the way these conservation decisions get made and carried out. Invasive brown treesnakes (BTS) in Guam, an American territory in the Western Pacific, cause millions of dollars in damage, and have created an ecological tragedy on the island by essentially exterminating native forest birds. While the negative biological impacts of this species are extensive and have been the target of scientists and managers for decades, public perceptions of the BTS, its impacts, and management are not necessarily aligned with current research and management priorities. We conducted 14 small group discussions with residents of Guam, encompassing a variety of ages, backgrounds, and professions. Using grounded theory and qualitative methods, we analyzed transcripts of these discussions to discern major themes and recurring concerns.

POSTER: 1 On the origin and maintenance of savanna biome in Madagascar

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 8:00 to 8:20 AM – ESA Policy Section Travel Award Winner* – Kentucky International Convention Center – L006

Nikunj Goel*, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Erik Van Vleck, Department of Mathematics, Kansas University, Lawrence, Julie C. Aleman, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT and A. Carla Staver, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Savannas are widespread in Madagascar, covering more than 70% of the island’s area. Despite their ubiquitousness, the origin and maintenance of the savanna biome in Madagascar has been a long-standing debate. On one hand, many naturalists argue that before human arrival 90% of the total land area (TLA) of Madagascar was covered with rainforest. However, following human occupation—around 10,600 yrs. BP—90% of the forests were converted into degraded savannas due to Tavy farming. However, paleo reconstruction, phylogeographic analysis, and species diversity maps indicate that pyrogenic savannas pre-date human arrival. Yet, the debate surrounding the origin of savanna biome—anthropogenic vs. natural—remains unresolved, for it rains enough in currently occupied savanna regions to climatically support forest. An examination of biome distributions in Madagascar reveals that the savanna-forest boundary is coincident with the eastern edge of the Central Plateau. We hypothesize that this plateau could have acted as a dispersal barrier, preventing forest expansion into mesic savannas of Central Madagascar.

WK 36 Science Policy 101: A Primer for Ecologists on Engaging in the Public Policy Process

Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:30 to 1:15 PM – Kentucky International Convention Center- M112

Public engagement in policy by scientists has gained interest in recent years. In the United States, anyone can engage in public discourse if they would like, but it is not always obvious where to insert scientific expertise into policy. The goal of this workshop is to introduce the term, science policy, and show that ecologists of any career stage, and from all backgrounds, can engage in policy processes. We will begin the session defining science policy and the nuanced ways scientists can insert themselves into the policy process. We will then follow with a series of short talks describing concrete ways scientists can actively get involved in helping influence policy. Presenters will provide tools and resources to attendees they can use following the workshop. The workshop will conclude with how representation, diversity, equity, and inclusion influences science policy, or why having more diverse voices in the room makes better policy. We expect attendees to leave understanding how a scientist can use their expertise for policymaking and concrete ways they can do it now. We also expect our materials to be used by attendants to teach others at their universities and institutions. The symposium will have broad interest for meeting attendees from undergraduates to emeritus faculty.

Science Policy 102: Parcels of Policy

Thursday, August 15, 2:00 to 4:30 PM –  Career Fair in Exhibit/Poster Hall

Following the Science Policy 101 Workshop, the ESA career fair will host a series of modules that provide an overview of science policy, a how-to engage with Congress and policy makers, a how-to have input to Federal rules and regulations along with time for questions, discussion, and networking. Come join us as we move through these various parcels of policy throughout the afternoon with each one providing a deeper dive into one science-policy skill or method of engaging in policy.

OOS 28 A Day in the Life of an Ecologist in Science Policy

Friday, August 16, 8:00 to 11:30 AM – Kentucky International Convention Center  – M104

Only about 0.5% to 15% of STEM graduate students (depending on specific field and sub-discipline) will follow in their adviser’s footsteps and pursue a career in the academy. Given that the unemployment rate for science and engineering PhDs hovers around 2%, the other 85% to 99% must go on and have careers, but where do they go? This organized oral session will begin to answer that question and illuminate the fascinating career journeys that ecologists have found within the nexus of science and policy—one of many potential career trajectories. Each talk will feature an ecologist’s unique career journey, extraordinary professional experiences, and provide a glimpse into what a day in the life of an ecologist is like. Talks will be kept shorter to facilitate discussion and to allow audience members to ask about experiences, training, and skills needed to succeed outside of the academy, and to get a better idea of how their skills as ecologist are useful in different professional settings. The session will conclude with an early-career ecologist synthesizing the many lessons learned from this professionally diverse group of ecologists and moderating a short discussion among the group. By presenting the diversity of career paths from the perspectives of early, mid, and later-career ecologists, this session will stretch the idea of what a career in ecology can look like.

Other Policy Relevant Talks & Events at the Annual Meeting

SS 3: Civic Engagement for Scientists: Getting Involved With Local Government

Monday, August 12, 10:15 to 11:30 AM –  Kentucky International Convention Center, M101/102

Communities thrive when all members participate and meet challenges together, and democracies thrive when individuals are engaged with their local governments. Civic engagement can be an important and enriching experience for anyone, regardless of their background or career path. Scientists and engineers can offer unique contributions to their local communities and to city, county, and state governments, including inquiry-driven and evidence-based approaches to solving problems and technical expertise in specific subjects. However, we have found that although many scientists and engineers want to be more involved in their local communities, many don’t know where to begin. In this session, Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally will host a panel of STEM professionals who have made substantive contributions to their communities through state and local government engagement. Our panelists will tell their stories about how they got involved locally and how they’re making a difference. The types of activities described include advocating to change a local law, joining a local commission, advising a lawmaker, and serving in elected office. We will also discuss the state of local engagement in the scientific community, what hurdles scientists and engineers face to getting more involved, and what efforts are being undertaken to increase local engagement by scientists and engineers. This session will contribute to an ongoing conversation on civic engagement by members of the scientific community, and we hope that attendees will leave inspired with new ideas for how they can get more involved in their own communities.

WK 14 Accessing Research Funding from Federal Agencies (An Early Career Networking Session)

Monday, August 12, 11:30 to 1:15 PM  –  Kentucky International Convention Center – Ballroom D

Navigating federal agencies for research and funding opportunities in ecology can be complex, especially for early career investigators. Representatives from multiple federal agencies and organizations involved with ecological research will share information about research funding, fellowships and/or related opportunities.  At this session, we will strive for representation from DOD, DOE, EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF, USDA, USFS, USGS, and other relevant federal agencies. After each agency’s presentation, representatives will meet with session participants in small roundtable discussions to answer questions about their programs. While early career ecologists are particularly encouraged to attend, this session is open to everyone.

5 Gender-responsive labor policy in protected areas: Lessons from boosting women’s roles in the management of the World Heritage Site Serra da Capivara National Park, Brazil

Tuesday, August 13, 2:50 to 3:10 PM – Kentucky International Convention Center – M101/102

Diele Lobo, Conservation Biology Graduate Program, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN, Silvia Casa Nova, Department of Accounting and Actuarial Science, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Alexandre Ardichvili, Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Protected areas are critical strategies to secure biodiversity conservation and human well-being. They are also opportunities to act on, and model, sustainable development goals and Aichi targets such as gender equity and equitable management. This study explores the meaning and perceived impact of boosting women’s participation on the management of the World Heritage Site Serra da Capivara National Park on social and conservation outcomes. The Park provides a good opportunity for studying gender equity in conservation settings because of a gender-responsive labor policy implemented in 2002 that resulted in a hundred women, previously in vulnerable conditions regarding poverty, labor, and domestic violence, hired in legitimate jobs to execute activities in administration, surveillance, land and road maintenance, and gatekeeping. Through in-depth interviews with women and men from field workers to administrators of the protected area, we aimed to know the perceived impact of a gender-responsive labor policy on individuals, their families, and local communities in terms of shifts in gender norms and expectations, women’s access to assets and entrepreneurial opportunities, and conservation attitudes, behaviors, and engagement.

10 Building transformative scientist-EJ community partnerships

Tuesday, August 13, 4:40 to 5:00 PM – Kentucky International Convention Center  – M100

Jessica Thomas, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists

Across the United States and the world, scientists and technical experts are partnering with communities disproportionately impacted by environmental health and safety hazards: environmental justice (EJ) communities. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will share experiences building relationships and partnering on projects with EJ community partners. In addition, UCS has been offering trainings and resources for scientists on equity and scientist-community partnerships. From these modes of equity- and community-centered work, we have developed best practices for preparing for and engaging in scientist-EJ community partnerships while utilizing the guidance of EJ community leaders contained in the Jemez Principles of Democratic Organizing, the Principles of Environmental Justice, and the Principles of Working Together. We attempt to provide some answers to fundamental questions scientists have about this work such as: What do effective scientist-EJ community partnerships look like? How can technical experts best prepare themselves? How do scientists ensure that they’re contributing to just, transformative change and aren’t perpetuating injustices?

87 The future of conservation science in the federal government: A policy analysis of the Department of Interior’s Promoting Open Science Order

Tuesday, August 13, 4:30 to 6:30 PM – POSTER SESSION


Jacob M. Carter, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concernced Scientists, Washington, DC and Gretchen Goldman, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC

The source of Earth’s current extinction event is primarily attributable to human causes such as climate change, habitat loss, and the introduction of non-native species. While not all species may be saved from these human-driven impacts, there are some solutions that can effectively conserve others. In the US, the Endangered Species Act and other federal protections are crucial elements of such conservation. Federal scientists and their research, especially those working for the US Department of the Interior (DOI), play a pivotal role in guiding these federal policy decisions. Therefore, it is important that scientific integrity is preserved in their work. In October 2018, the DOI passed Secretarial Order 3369 “Promoting Open Science” which requires all scientific evidence used in agency decisions be made publicly available. We provide a historical analysis that details the basis of similar policies used to discredit scientific findings and the implications of this order for the listing process of the Endangered Species Act.

3 Engaging with policymakers and related resources for ecological community

Wednesday, August 14, 8:40 to 9:00 AM  –  Kentucky International Convention Center  – M107

Nicole Zimmerman, Public Affairs, Ecological Society of America

Ecological science can play a key role in informing environmental policy and solving environmental problems. The Public Affairs Office of the Ecological Society of America (PAO) aims to share ecological information through traditional and new media, address federal policy issues affecting STEM research and education and the environment, and foster ESA member engagement in policy and media arenas. The PAO does this work by providing information and training to ESA members and presenting ecological science through policy statements, meetings with policy-makers and congressional briefings. This presentation will provide tips and best practices for engaging in policy – whether it is at the state, local or federal level. It will also highlight resources available from ESA and other organizations that students and faculty can use to follow policy developments and effectively engage in policy.

1 Literature-based synthesis of nutrient stressor-response relationships to inform criteria development in rivers and streams

Wednesday, August 14, 1:30 to 1:50 PM –  Kentucky International Convention Center – M105/106

Caroline E. Ridley, US EPA, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Research Triangle Park, NC, Micah G. Bennett, National Center for Environmental Assessment, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, Kate Schofield, US EPA, National Center for Environmental Assessment, Washington, DC and Sylvia Lee, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency, Arlington, VA

Eutrophication from nitrogen and phosphorus pollution is a major stressor of freshwater ecosystems globally. Despite recognition of this problem by scientists and managers, qualitative and quantitative synthesis of scientific evidence is still needed to inform nutrient-related management decisions and policies, especially for streams and rivers. We conducted systematic reviews of the literature on nutrient stressor-response relationships and potential confounding environmental factors to support identifying, managing, and restoring aquatic resources impaired by eutrophication. We asked two questions: (1) What are the responses of chlorophyll-a (chl-a), diatoms, and macroinvertebrates to total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) concentrations in lotic ecosystems? (2) How are these relationships affected by other environmental factors? Consistent with best practice in systematic review, we published our review protocol before the review began and established consistent data searching, screening, extraction, and evaluation methodologies to increase transparency and reproducibility and reduce bias. When completed, our dataset will be publicly available via an interactive database to facilitate user-driven data exploration and analysis.

1 Resilience justice: The intersection of resilience science, social justice, policy analysis, and community capacities

Wednesday, August 14, 1:30 to 2:00 PM –  Kentucky International Convention Center – Ballroom E

Tony Arnold, School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY; Department of Urban & Public Affairs, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Marginalized communities (e.g., low-income communities of color, indigenous communities) are disproportionately vulnerable to disturbances and systemic changes (e.g., climate change, drought, flood, urban heat, pollution crises), the result of systemic inequalities created and reinforced by interconnected social, environmental, and institutional systems. These communities have impoverished capacities to resist, bounce back from, adapt to, and transform through disturbances and changes. Consider Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Flint’s drinking-water crisis, interconnected park and health disparities in Los Angeles, and many urban areas characterized by degraded waterways, exposure to pollution, and heat island effects, among others. Neither paternalistic policies or community self-sufficiency is adequate to address these injustices in adaptive capacities. Existing concepts like environmental justice, disaster justice, and climate justice are too narrow in scope. There is a need for a new concept and framework for analyzing marginalized communities’ capacities in the context of the social, environmental, and governance systems in which they are embedded. This presentation will describe resilience justice as both a concept and analytical framework and its theoretical foundations. The presentation will also describe six major resilience assessments undertaken by the interdisciplinary Resilience Justice Project at the University of Louisville Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, analyzing the resilience and vulnerabilities of low-income neighborhoods of color in both California and Kentucky in partnership with government agencies and community-based groups, and identifying key governance and community reforms to improve adaptive capacities and justice.

2 Adaptive water governance: Reconciling development and ecosystem resilience

Wednesday, August 14, 2:00 to  2:30 PM  – Kentucky International Convention Center – Ballroom E

Barbara Cosens, College of Law, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID and Lance Gunderson, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

The massive engineering of the rivers and wetlands of North America during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has controlled these water resources to foster economic development. While society has received many benefits from this development and the wealth generated enhances social adaptive capacity, the engineered changes have come at the expense of ecosystem resilience. Engineered changes in the path and timing of river flow and optimization for a narrow range of services have led to declines in ecosystem services, such as biodiversity, floodplain storage, and water purification. These changes have also narrowed the space for adaptation to climate change and reduced the options for reconciliation of development with ecosystem services. Governance lies at the heart of the capacity of these systems to navigate accelerating change and manage resilience. The Adaptive Water Governance project used resilience assessment of North American water basins to understand the capacity of these social-ecological systems to adapt or transform in a manner that reconciles development with ecosystem services as they undergo climate change.


WK 32 Communicating Your Science With the Media

Thursday, August 15, 11:30 to 1:15 PM  –  Kentucky International Convention Center – M105/106

Ever wanted to see your research in the news? Ever been contacted by a reporter about your exciting results, but didn’t know the next steps or how to communicate effectively? Attend this workshop to learn the dos and don’ts of communicating with journalists and other media. This hands-on session will provide participants with an overview of how to talk about your science for greater public awareness and engaging news hooks. An overview presentation will be capped by mock interviews with other participants acting as ‘journalists’ to give workshop participants an opportunity to test their communication skills.

INS 15 Learning By Doing: Ecologists Jump into the Deep End to Shape Cities

Thursday, August 15, 3:30  to 5:00 PM  – Kentucky International Convention Center – M107

Recognizing that ecologists employ underlying assumptions and working methods that require retooling; that ecological contributions need to be defined and valued; and that ecologist need better positioning within the development process, we seek to address these gaps through an inspire session consisting of cross disciplinary academics and practitioners. The nexus of ecology with urban design, landscape architecture and city planning are critical intersections where facilitating knowledge-to-action can promote resiliency. For ecologists to increase engagement, retooling ecological contributions and repositioning the ecologist in knowledge co-production with urban designers and city officials is necessary. Educational and real-world training for ecologists is limited. This session will explore a series of projects that integrate ecological analysis and research with implemented design projects. A range of project examples will be organized around different stages of the design process. Presenters will include practitioners, ecologists and city officials, offering a range of stakeholder perspectives. Taken together, the projects will provide a framework for setting up urban experimental research as design projects and rely on the design process to foster a collaborative exchange for redefining experiments for cities. The presentations are part of the Earth Stewardship Initiative (, a forum for ecologist to learn the skills to bridge gaps between scientific knowledge and research methods through design. The program fosters a transformative forum for learning by doing through novel urban land planning embedded in the ESA annual meeting.

6 A policy perspective on conservation planning.

Friday, August 16, 9:50 to 10:10 AM  –  Kentucky International Convention Center  – M107

Jorge Soberon, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity Institute, University of Kansas, KS

Most scientists would be interested in having their work influencing “policy.” This is the aim of numerous national and international initiatives in conservation biology. There are some complications to this problem that are not always examined. Specifically, the fact that there is no single policy level, there are policies, in plural, that as a rule change with the scale. Therefore, in conservation initiatives, for instance, where there are several levels of stakeholders, the values, language and negotiation costumes and rules probably change from the national to the local levels. Policy is thus not invariant to scale shifts. Another often ignored complication is that the process of affecting policy is very long and time-consuming. It is best attempted institutionally, by so called “bridging organizations.” I use several examples from Mexico to illustrate these problems and possible solutions. Essentially, one needs to incorporate the different stakeholders, at different levels, in ways that promote their participation, according to their rules and interests. Institutions are better prepared to do this, rather than individual scientists.

90 The development of an ideal monitoring policy for the Endangered Species Act

Friday, August 16, 8:30 to 10:30 AM – POSTER SESSION

Meg Evansen and Jacob W. Malcom, Center for Conservation Innovation, Defenders of Wildlife, Washington, DC

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is considered one of the strongest acts in the world for protecting wildlife, but that strength depends on proper implementation. Despite the importance of ensuring the Act is implemented correctly, the responsible federal agencies responsible for carrying out the Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services, collectively), have no formal policy for monitoring implementation. In contrast to other aspects of the ESA, such as recovery and consultation, there is no designated monitoring handbook. This means there is no guidance for Services personnel to reference as they carry out the law, or for anyone with whom they interact, inside or outside of government. Further, the Services have no system in place to monitor and report on the effectiveness of conservation actions and mitigation effects, nor do they have an efficient system in place for monitoring species populations or the status of their threats. We propose that the lack of systematic monitoring under the Act has been driven by the lack of a clear legislative, regulatory, or policy direction.


179 Understanding evolutionary societal decision-making for policy purposes: The case of Tikopia

Dana Polojärvi, Arts and Sciences, Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, ME, John Hayward, Computing and Mathematics, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, United Kingdom and Pascal J. Gambardella, Emerging Perspectives LLC, Silver Spring, MD

Knowing how and when ecological information leads to useful transformations in community-ecosystem relationships is important. Such knowledge can help build sustainable bridges between communities and ecosystems. This paper uses system dynamics modeling to document the evolutionary process of socio-ecological transformation on the island of Tikopia, where insitutional structures evolved that have generated a relatively stable population density and resource management that have been sustained for over a thousand years. The model presents a dynamic simulation of the evolution of the transitional, emergent ecological-economic states that have allowed this success to occur. We ask: “How did the Tikopians generate such a sustainable structure for the long term?”


Events from previous years

ESA 103nd Annual Meeting (New Orleans, LA) | August 2018

ESA 102nd Meeting (Portland, OR) | August 2017 

ESA 101st Meeting (Fort Lauderdale, FL) | August 2016

ESA 100th Meeting  (Baltimore, MD) | August 2015

ESA 99th Meeting (Sacramento, CA) | August 2014

ESA 98th Meeting (Minneapolis, MN) | August 2013

ESA 97th Meeting (Portland, OR) | August 2012

ESA 96th Meeting (Austin, TX) | August 2011