Sections are organized within ESA’s membership to promote interaction among those with similar research and discipline interests. Sections organize activities and facilitate communication among their members.

Links to section websites and social media are provided at the end of each paragraph. The section name links to history information, if available. With ESA’s Centennial approaching in 2015, the Historical Records Committee strongly encourages all sections to research and publish their history. We are happy to help—please let us hear from you!

  • The Agroecology Section 2000
    Section website  | Twitter @ESA_agroecology  |  On Facebook  | Officers
  • Animal Behavior and Sociobiology Section, formed in 1956, was a large (>1000 members) and visible presence for about 20 years, but is no longer active.
  • The Applied Ecology Section of ESA is the second-largest and third-oldest of the active sections within this Society. The Section was established in 1971 and strives to enhance communication about applying ecological principles to solve practical environmental problems.
    Section website | Officers
  • The Aquatic Ecology Section was established as such in 1961, following early interest in a Fish and Fisheries committee created in 1917.
    Section website |
  • The Asian Ecology Section came together in 1994 to promote communication and collaboration, as well as ecological research and education in Asia.
    Section website  | Officers
  • The Biogeosciences Section (originally biogeochemistry?), formed in 2002, promotes research and education on the influence of biology on the chemistry Earth’s surface, the processing of energy and materials in Earth’s ecosystems, and the impact of humans on Earth system function.
    Section website  |   Info and listserv  |   Email Biogeoscience
  • The Education Section began in 1980 and aims to enhance ecology education for students of all ages and for the general public and to advocate an appropriate emphasis on ecology education at all levels, among other goals.
    Section website |
  • The Environmental Justice Section was organized in 2010 to promote the engagement of ecologists in addressing environmental injustice issues through education, research and outreach.
    Section website | Engaged Ecologist blog
  • The Human Ecology Section began in 2010 in order to guarantee intellectual exchanges on the role and the interpretation of humans’ relationship to their environment.
    Section website | History timeline (draft)  |
  • The International Affairs Section was established in 1978 to support and manage the relationships between ESA members and the world-wide community of ecologists through INTECOL and other international organizations, and to develop more effective communication on international and  global environmental issues.
    Section website |
  • The Long-Term Studies Section 1988
    Section website |
  • The Microbial Ecology Section 2006
    Section website |
  • The Natural History Section was organized in 2010
    Section website  |   Twitter @ESAnathist
  • The Paleoecology Section 1976
    Section website |
  • The Physiological Ecology Section 1969
    Section website |
  • The Plant Population Ecology Section 1994
    Section website |
  • The Policy Section
  • The Rangeland Ecology Section 2000
    Section website |
  • The Researchers at Undergraduate Institutions Section 2010 Section website |
  • The Soil Ecology Section 1993
    Section website   |   Twitter @ESAsoilecology
  • The Statistical Ecology Section 1989
    Section website |
  • The Student Section ‏aims to facilitate communication and interactions among all student members as well as within the rest of ESA.
    Section website  |   History timeline  |   Twitter @ESA_students |
  • The Theoretical Ecology Section 1993
    Section website |
  • The Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section 2002
    Section website |
  • The Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section 2002
    Section website |   Twitter @UrbanEcosystems
  • The Vegetation Section 1984
    Section website |

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