ESA Today - Spring 2009

ESA Today

Spring 2009

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

'Ecology' Named Among Top 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine

Ecology, the flagship journal of the Ecological Society of America, has been voted one of the top 100 most influential journals in the fields of biology and medicine over the last 100 years. The recognition is the result of a poll conducted by the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division of the Special Libraries Association.  A list of the winning journals is at:

2009 SEEDS Leadership Meeting a Success

Twenty-three SEEDS student and alumni leaders met in Albuquerque on February 26 through March 1 to discuss “The Culture and Future of Ecology.”  Collaborators from NCEAS, NEON, LTERs, and ESA President Sunny Power were active and enthusiastic participants in the student-led workshops, discussions, breakout groups, and field trip to the Sevilleta LTER.  For photos and a full overview of the event, see

USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

In December, ESA helped organize a Comprehensive Review Workshop for the U.S. Geological Survey’s new National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center ( The two-day workshop, held in collaboration with The Wildlife Society (TWS) and the Meridian Institute, attracted approximately 190 representatives of federal agencies and nongovernmental agencies, who provided input on the objectives, priorities, and structure of the Center. ESA, TWS, and Meridian will be hosting a series of smaller meetings in the first half of 2009 to obtain additional input, leading to a final report of recommendations to be published this summer.

Data Sharing

ESA hosted a two-day workshop on data sharing in Washington, DC. Twenty four researchers, publishers, and funders gathered to discuss incentives for data sharing in ecology, evolution, and organismal biology. This was the fourth and final workshop in a series that began in 2004; topics discussed at previous workshops include data centers, data registries, and obstacles to data sharing.  The report summarizing the discussions and recommendations from the fourth workshop is available at

Capitol Hill Science Exhibition

 ESA sponsored plant physiological ecologist Travis Huxman (University of Arizona) at the 15th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition on Capitol Hill.  Huxman presented findings—funded by the National Science Foundation - on the impacts of climate change on natural ecosystems in the southwestern United States.  At the event, Science Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) both spoke on the important role that scientific research will play in the country’s future.  See ESA’s blog, EcoTone, at:

Keynote Speakers for 94th Annual Meeting Announced

Sandra Postel, author and the director of the Global Water Policy Project, will address strategies to sustain Earth’s freshwater ecosystems at the Opening Plenary for the 94th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico this August. ESA MacArthur Award winner Monica Turner (UW-Madison) will give a talk on landscape dynamics in a changing world and Diane Pataki (UC-Irvine)  will give the Recent Advances Lecture on “Urban ecosystem services: Advances and uncertainties.”  All three presentations are free and open to the public; see


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