The Vegetation Section of the Ecological Society of America seeks to encourage research and foster communication in all aspects of vegetation ecology. To highlight recent high quality research that advances theory, methods, or applications of vegetation ecology, the Section annually gives the Robert P. McIntosh Award to the best nominated paper published in the previous year.
At the ESA Annual Meeting, the Section sponsors symposia, contributed oral and poster sessions, workshops, and field excursions; we also give the Ton Damman Award for the best student oral presentation. In addition to the annual national meeting we facilitate participation in international vegetation science meetings. The Section coordinates activities with the North American Section of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), including combined business meetings and occasional newsletters.
Meet a Vegetation Ecologist
Check out Christina Alba, PhD, our featured Vegetation Ecologist, and her education and career paths and current projects in the area of vegetation ecology.Read more
Photo of the Month
This month's photo is brought to us by Dr. Alyssa Young, the winner of 2023 Robert P. McIntosh award for the best paper in vegetation ecology. The photo shows North Carolina Longleaf Pine Savanna where >500 undergraduate students investigated the effects of heatwaves on dominant understory grasses in a series of greenhouse experiments as a part of the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE).Read more