Special Events

Special Events are ticketed events that you must registered for in advance of the event. You are encouraged to purchase these tickets when registering for the conference. These event have limited space and sell out quickly.

2016 ESA Student Mixer $15

Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 PM -10:00 PM
Base Camp Brewing Co., 930 SE Oak Street, Portland.

Network with fellow students and enjoy a create-your-own taco bar: pollo, carnitas and vegetarian options with all the fixings! Ticket includes buffet and one drink ticket. Transportation not included. Light rail suggested. Space is limited.

ESA Student Mentor/Mentee Breakfast $5

Tuesday, August 8, 7am-8am
Oregon Convention Center

Undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral candidates as well as mentors/mentees are invited to enjoy informal conversation over bagels and coffee.

TK – 3
ESA Diversity Luncheon $35

Thursday, August 10, 11:30 AM-1:15PM
Doubletree, Pacific Northwest Room
“Diversifying partnerships in sustainability and ecological restoration: collaborations with the incarcerated”

The ESA Diversity Luncheon celebrates the diversity of our members, of our programs and of research that reaches multiple communities in myriad settings. Join us for a special panel presentation moderated by Nalini Nadkarni, ESA VP for Education and Human Resources, and celebrate the accomplishments of our SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellows.

The ESA seeks to increase and sustain diversity and equity in many ways, with a strong focus to engage people who have not traditionally participated in ecology. As one example, ecologists have partnered with correctional institutions to provide opportunities for the incarcerated to participate in sustainability and ecological restoration projects across the country. Nationally, ethnic minorities, people of low socioeconomic status, and low levels of education disproportionately represent the 2.1 million people in corrections institutions. Three ecologists who have work with inmates in sustainability and ecological restoration projects will describe the challenges and benefits of their collaborative efforts with a range of corrections institutions, geographical scales, and biota.


  • Tom Kaye, Institute for Applied Ecology, Corvallis, OR
  • Deborah Rutt, Coffee Creek Corrections Center, Portland, OR
  • Chad Naugle, Coffee Creek Corrections Center, Portland
  • Nalini Nadkarni, Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated, UT

SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellows 2016-2017

The following SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellows have completed their research at SEEDS partner field stations and presentation at this year’s ESA annual meeting and will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment during the luncheon:

  • Kathryn Bloodworth, Eastern University M.K. Kellogg Biological Station – MSU
  • Chelsea Hazlett, University of Florida Central Arizona / Phoenix LTER – ASU
  • Michelle Poletti, Florida International University Central Arizona / Phoenix LTER – ASU
  • Rebekah Sanchez, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus M.K. Kellogg Biological Station – MSU
  • Maggie Yarnold, Loyola University-Chicago Llano River Field Station – TTU

Closing Social:
An Evening in Portland

TK-4: Non-students $38

TK-5: Students $30

Thursday, August 10, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
World Trade Center Portland Outdoor Plaza, 26 SW Salmon Street

Cap off the week in Portland with a wonderful event outside at the World Trade Center Portland Outdoor Plaza. Local band, Boy and Bean will be the entertainment. Ticket includes buffet and one drink ticket. Transportation not included. Light rail suggested.