Autumn 2010

ESA Today

Autumn 2010

Welcome to the eighth edition of ESA Today.  This brief, quarterly email is designed to keep members informed of key Society activities.

ESA Ecology and Education Summit

More than 200 educators, scientists and policy professionals from around the country came together October 14-15 for the Ecology and Education Summit, “Environmental Literacy for a Sustainable World.” Co-sponsored by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the National Education Association (NEA), together with many other partners, the two-day conference sought to generate ideas and collaborations for developing a green workforce and society.  For more information see or ESA’s blog

Ecosphere Launched

Welcoming submissions from all sub-disciplines of ecological science, the Society’s new rapid-publication, online only, open-access journal launched in August with Deb Peters serving as the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. 

Gulf Oil Accident and Russian Field Station

ESA—along with thirteen other scientific organizations who endorsed the Society’s letter—alerted US senators to the need for public access to independent scientific research assessments of the Gulf.  The Society also issued a joint letter with the American Institute of Biological Sciences to targeted public officials regarding the threat to Russia’s Pavlovsk field station as well as to natural science collections globally. 

EcoEd Digital Library

The National Science Foundation awarded ESA a $600,000 grant to develop its EcoEd Digital Library and the digital libraries of three partner societies: the Botanical Society of America, Society for Economic Botany and Society for the Study of Evolution. With Cornell University’s Science Pipes, a data visualization tool, the project will facilitate the discovery of digital and data-rich resources in the ecological, evolution and plant sciences within a rapidly changing biology.

Field Trip to Baltimore Ecosystem Study

ESA sponsored a field trip for representatives from science and education organizations, Congress, and federal agencies to this urban long-term ecological research site, showcasing multiple monitoring, restoration, and educational projects associated with the study. 

Pittsburgh Annual Meeting

Featuring keynote addresses by White House Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren and forest ecologist Steve Running, ESA’s 2010 Annual Meeting drew 3,500 attendees and garnered over 160 media articles on topics including ocean acidification, mountaintop mining, nanomaterials, and feral genetically modified plants.  Outlets covering the meeting included Discovery News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nature News, New Scientist, Scientific American, Wired Science, National Public Radio, BBC News, and The New York Times.

ESA Vegetation Classification Panel

Having received funding from the US Geological Survey through an existing Forest Service agreement to conduct online training sessions on the National Vegetation Classification (NVC), panel members are developing materials for two webinars, to be held in Spring 2011.  They will include modules on the NVC’s hierarchy and help participants complete a peer-review of the classification descriptions at different levels. 

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