ESA Today - Winter 2010

ESA Today

Winter 2011

Welcome to the 9th edition of ESA Today.  This brief, quarterly email is designed to keep members informed of key Society activities.

Annual Report

A conference on science and environmental literacy, a new ESA journal and multiple new publications on energy issues, rapid responses to the Gulf oil spill, and many other activities made 2010 a busy year for the Society and its engaged membership.   Find out more about by looking at the 2010 ESA Annual Report.  View it as a turn page version or as a downloadable pdf document.

2011 Graduate Student Policy Award Winners

This year’s ESA Graduate Student Policy Award winners are Kellen Marshall (University of Illinois-Chicago), Michael Levy (West Virginia University), and Daniel Evans (University of Washington).  They will travel to Washington, DC in March to participate in a congressional visits event sponsored by the Biological Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) and co-chaired by ESA.  All three students have demonstrated their commitment to engaging in public policy and the ESA Award will allow them to build on their experiences.

Biological Infrastructure Workshop

ESA organized a workshop “Strategies for Sustainability of Biological Infrastructure” in Washington, in late 2010. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the workshop brought together managers of a cross-section of research infrastructure forms to discuss models for sustainability, identify common concerns, and explore recommendations for continuing work on this issue. A complete report will be posted on the ESA website in the near future.

High School Urban Education

ESA organized the first Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) – a program of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in New York. The meeting provided a forum for teachers to exchange best curricular practices and troubleshoot challenges faced in their schools. Earlier this winter, ESA also organized the first LEAF Green College and Career Fair in New York which drew 100 students and 20 teachers and included a career panel made up of ESA SEEDS and TNC LEAF alumni.

Vegetation Panel

The Vegetation Classification Panel is moving ahead with the peer review of the National Vegetation Classification’s (NVC) middle level descriptions.  The Panel is selecting an Editor-in-Chief to oversee the process and head the NVC Peer Review Board.  Associate Editors, who will comprise the Peer Review Board, have been selected and are currently recruiting reviewers.  Panel members and members of the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Vegetation Subcommittee (FGDC) are establishing a website to manage the peer review documents, reviewer assignments, and monitor progress.

Frontiers Special Issue

February’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is a themed, open access Special Issue that focuses on the roles and relationships between Earth’s biogeochemical cycles.  Many of today’s environmental threats can be traced to the impacts human activities are having on biogeochemical cycles.

ESA Election Results

Congratulations to the following individuals:  Scott Collins (President); Leslie Real (Vice President for Finance); Sharon Collinge (Vice President for Public Affairs); Deborah Goldberg (Vice President for Science); Mimi Lam (Member-at-Large); Janet MacFall and Andrew Burton (Board of Professional Certification).

Membership Survey

ESA is conducting a comprehensive research study to ensure that it is meeting the needs of professionals in the field of ecology.  All members should have received an email from McKinley Marketing, ESA’s research partner for this project, requesting participation in an electronic survey. The survey will require about 10 minutes to complete and will focus on members’ needs and expectations of ESA and how the Society can support members in addressing professional challenges they may be facing.  As a thank you, ESA will conduct a drawing for three participants to win a $100 gift card to their choice of L.L. Bean or REI.


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