ESA Today - Summer 2010

ESA Today

Summer 2010

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

ESA’s 95th Annual Meeting

Attendance at the Society’s Pittsburgh meeting promises to be strong, with over 3,000 attendees already registered. The meeting will take place August 1-6, 2010 with the topic of “Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future,” and will include an Opening Plenary Panel focusing on risk perception and environmental disasters in the US, including the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig accident.  Other key attractions include the Scientific Plenary with Steve Running, chapter lead author for the 4th Assessment of the Nobel-prize winning IPCC report, and the Recent Advances Lecture, featuring Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren.

ESA Gulf Coast Data Registry

The Ecological Society of America has set up a data registry in which anyone with information about ecological or environmental conditions along the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal ecosystems and other potential sites that might be affected in the future can upload metadata and help build a database documenting ecological states and conditions before the spill. Those contributing their metadata and their contact information will agree to share their information with scientists and managers on the front line of assessment, mitigation, or restoration efforts. 

New ESA Journal

On August 3, ESA will launch its newest journal, Ecosphere, at the Annual Meeting. Ecosphere will provide a rapid-publication, online-only, open-access alternative to the Society's existing journals, while maintaining the rigorous peer-review standards for which those journals are renowned. See the press release for more information.

Issues in Ecology

The Society has published a new Issues in Ecology: A Synthesis of the Science on Forests and Carbon for U.S. Forests. These reports reflect scientific consensus on issues relevant to the environment. Digital copies are available for free online and print copies are available from the Society’s e-Store

ESA partnership with The Nature Conservancy

A collaboration between TNC and the Ecological Society of America will help educators from environmental high schools share best practices and scientific resources. The partnership with TNC provides ESA with $70,000 through the Toyota USA Foundation, enabling the Society to expand its reach to high school teachers and students interested in ecology and related careers in the field. More information can be found here.


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