Press Releases


Invasive gobies may change Oneida Lake’s complexion – again
8 Aug 2017
Cornell University
Oneida Lake, a kissing cousin to New York’s Finger Lakes, may soon get an environmental makeover due to another in a series of invasive species bringing havoc to the body’s ecosystem and disturbing its recreational waters.Invasive round gobies, bottom-feeder fish from Eurasia, appear to diminish zebra and quagga mussel populations and literally cloud the waters of the 80-square-mile lake northeast of Syracuse, New York
UMaine scientists highlight value of local-scale knowledge of fish, fishermen
8 Aug 2017
University of Maine
Pellowe will describe how she and Leslie, her graduate adviser, used Mexican government data to investigate seasonal and spatial variability of small-scale fisheries of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. They used the information to explore how the resilience of ecosystems on which Baja coastal fishing communities depends varies in time and space.
Sustainable Northwest receives environmental offsets from the Ecological Society of America
8 August 2017
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will donate over $22,000 to local non-profit Sustainable Northwest’s Forest Program, to offset the environmental costs of travel to the society’s Annual Meeting. ESA contributes $5 for every meeting registrant to a local organization in the city in which the conference meets.

The Dabob Bay Natural Area was established in 1984 to protect rare examples of intact salt marsh and sand spit plant communities within one of Washington State’s highest functioning coastal spit and tidal wetland systems. Credit, Washington Department of Natural Resources.

Weighting the benefits of incidental habitat protection
2 August 2017
University of Washington researchers compared land that had come under incidental protection through regulations, to land acquired for conservation during the same 25-year span (1990-2015), in Washington State. Lawler’s talk, on Wednesday, August 9, is part of a session on Conservation Planning, Policy, and Theory.
Adorable alpine animal acclimates behavior to a changing climate
1 August 2017
As climate change brings new pressures to bear on wildlife, species must “move, adapt, acclimate, or die.” The American pika is a model species for the study of behavioral adaptation over a diverse geographic range. USGS researcher Erik Beever will explore factors that define the pika’s distribution on Tuesday, August 8. 
Anna Vickrey, a STEM Ambassador in the Biology Department, takes students in the Center for Science and Math Education’s REFUGES Bridge Program on a lab tour. Photo courtesy of Caitlin Weber.
Advancing public engagement at the Ecological Society of America
31 July 2017
University of Utah
This year, the annual meeting of the ESA in Portland, Oregon, Aug. 6-12, 2017, will be the locus of multiple efforts to train and connect ecologists who are deeply interested in public engagement of their research. Special sessions that feature case studies of successful engagement events, approaches and protocols will be offered.
ESA to Hold New Special Policy Forum at Annual Meeting
24 July 2017
Suzanne Bonamici, U.S. Representative of Oregon’s 1st congressional district, and three past, current, and future presidents of ESA will discuss the current intersection of politics and science, and how ecologists can get involved.
LTER Is a Major Presence at 2017 ESA
21 July 2017
Long Term Ecological Research Network
The theme of the 2017 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting is “linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world.” It appears that long-term research and experimentation are apt tools for tackling this persistent challenge. Over 150 talks, posters, and workshops are being presented by scientists associated with the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network.
Global Warming Warning by Aaron Ellison, David Buckley Borden, and Saluo Rivero
Art inspiring ecological science, inspiring art
20 July 2017
Art and Science in dialog: a double feature of Ignite-style sessions at the 2017 Annual Meeting feature 5-minute presentations on collaborative projects that fuse contemporary art and ecological science to make new work that’s not possible within each discipline alone. Explore artwork created by the session speakers in the #ESA2017 Art:Sci Gallery
Odum School sends 19 faculty, student presenters to Ecological Society of America meeting
17 July 2017
University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology
How do urban landscapes influence mosquito-borne disease dynamics? Does the choice of plants and how they’re maintained affect how well pollinator gardens work as a conservation strategy? And how do municipal water withdrawals impact river connectivity, and by extension those species that migrate between estuaries and freshwater streams? These are a few of the research questions that will be addressed by students, faculty and postdoctoral associates from the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology attending the upcoming 102nd annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America Aug. 6-11 in Portland, Ore.
Getting to the roots of Sahara mustard invasion in the American Southwest
12 July 2017
Old World Sahara mustard is spreading rapidly through southwestern U.S. deserts, smothering the native wildflowers that draw tourists to the region and disrupting the desert ecosystem. Daniel Winkler is investigating whence the invasion originated and what enabled Sahara mustard to adapt so successfully, to gain insight into how to stop it. 
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Selected as 2017 ESA Regional Policy Award Winner
11 July 2017
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) will present its tenth annual Regional Policy Award to U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), representative of Oregon’s 1st congressional district, during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon in August. The award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker with an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science.
5 July 2017
 Success stories (and challenges) in translating new scientific knowledge into actionable management and policy strategies, at local and global scales, on land, sea, and in between.


UW Researchers to Present at Ecological Society of America Meeting
26 June 2017
University of Wyoming
Elk movement and the spread of brucellosis; nitrogen deposition in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem; Wyoming farmer and rancher perspectives on land management and ecosystem services; and the importance of memory in wildlife migration are among the subjects UW presenters will cover in either oral or poster presentations


Julienne NeSmith receives Lucy Braun Student Award for investigating combined impacts of climate and cogongrass invasion on native pine
23 May 2017
 The E. Lucy Braun Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for an outstanding poster presentation at the ESA Annual Meeting


Michael McTavish receives Murray Buell Student Award for uncovering earthworms’ appetites for seeds
23 May 2017
The Murray F. Buell Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for the outstanding oral paper presented at the ESA Annual Meeting.


ESA honors Jianguo Liu and colleagues with the 2017 Sustainability Science Award for their review of systems integration for global sustainability
16 Mar 2017
The Sustainability Science Award recognizes the authors of the scholarly work that makes the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.


ESA honors Gillian Bowser for her Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology
10 Mar 2017
The Ecological Society of America’s Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award recognizes long-standing contributions of an individual towards increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring,   teaching, or outreach.


Andrew Trant and colleagues win 2017 Cooper Award for uncovering the historical influence of a First Nations people on forest productivity
8 Mar 2017
The Cooper Award honors the authors of an outstanding publication in the field of geobotany, physiographic ecology, plant succession or the distribution of plants along environmental gradients.


Kathleen Weathers receives ESA’s 2017 Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education
3 Mar 2017
Odum Award recipients demonstrate their ability to relate basic ecological principles to human affairs through teaching, outreach, and mentoring activities.


Diana Harrison Wall named 2017 ESA Eminent Ecologist
2 Mar 2017
The Eminent Ecologist Award honors a senior ecologist for an outstanding body of ecological work or sustained ecological contributions of extraordinary merit.


Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world
6–11 August 2017