ESA Today - Spring 2009

ESA Today

Spring 2010

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

ESA offers Expertise on Oil Spill

Members of the Society’s Rapid Response Team specializing in marine wildlife, offshore oil production, and coastal areas are offering their expertise to the media covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. For more information, see the April 30 media advisory and a special Q&A edition of the ESA’s blog Ecotone.

EcoEd Digital Library

Funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ESA held aworkshop March 18-21 to inform the future development of EcoEd Digital Library. Thirty-two participants attended from diverse backgrounds, including ecology researchers, ecology faculty, ESA leadership, and technology experts.

Biofuels and Sustainability Reports

Made possible with funding from theEnergy Foundation, ESA released a series of four Biofuels and Sustainability Reports. The reports explore the production and use of biofuels from an ecological perspective and areavailable for free online.

New features on ESA’s blog

EcoTone, ESA’s blog highlighting timely topics relevant to the broad ecological community, has gained three new sections: From the Community, Field Talk and The Ecologist Goes to Washington. From the Community, includes links to news stories and studies in ecology and a weekly post of selections from the previous week. Field Talk features interesting stories from and interviews of researchers in the field, and The Ecologist Goes to Washington is a resource for ecological scientists interested in policy—including Q&As, stories, interviews and updates. Visit EcoTone here.

Bilingual Webinar

ESA hosted its first bilingual webinar on SEEDSNet in January. The theme was “the agroecology story from el Huitepec in Chiapas, Mexico”. The webinar expanded upon the SEEDSNet ecology theme for the months of January and February, agroecology, with corresponding pages in both English and Spanish.

Congressional Visits Day

Over20 ecologists, animal scientists, field biologists, and resource economists spent the day on Capitol Hill on April 22, encouraging strong federal investment in the agricultural and biological sciences.Over a third of the participants were graduate students, including three sponsored by the Ecological Society of America through its Graduate Student Policy Award. Participants met with over 50 congressional offices, highlighting the role the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative play in meeting national challenges such as energy, food security and conservation.

Support Students: Download and Use ESA’s Toolbar

There’s a new and easy way to support ecology students. If you’re tired of typing in the address to the ESA home page and wish you had an easier way to navigate to the information you need, download and use the new ESA toolbar and ecology students will benefit!

How? When you download and use the ESA Toolbar, ESA earns cash "rewards" which the Society is designatingto support student travel to the ESA Annual Meeting through the Real Brown Student Travel Fundandstudents in the SEEDS program.The toolbar includes quick links to ESA’s blog, podcasts, membership directory and more. In addition, each time (up to once a day) youhitthe 'click to give' button, located on the toolbar, one cent goes to support students and student travel.


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