ESA’s Struggle for Identity, First 100 Years

OOS 42 ESA’s Struggle for Identity Over the First 100 Years: Lessons for the Future?
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM in Room 204, Sacramento Convention Center
Organized by Juliana C. Mulroy and Kathleen J. Fichtel; Moderator: Robert H. Jones

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) was formed in 1915 with the express intent of bringing those interested in ecology together to share common interests in a way not possible in other societies of the time. Presenters explore the early membership and how it has changed, participation by entomologists over the years, ecological leadership, human ecology, and diversity and multicultural perspectives throughout ESA’s history.

Details at EcoConfex program page

Presenters list:

  • 1:30 PM OOS 42-1 How a new society found its bearings: Membership demographics and interests during the Ecological Society of America’s early years;
    Juliana C. Mulroy, Denison University; Alison Anastasio, University of Chicago

  • 1:50 PM OOS 42-2 The other “E”: Entomologists and entomology in (and out) of the Ecological Society of America
    Terry A. Wheeler, McGill University; Laura L. Timms, Credit Valley Conservation

  • 2:10 PM OOS 42-3 “Ecology was everywhere”: Ecological leaders from West Virginia
    Kathleen J. Fichtel, West Virginia University; Robert H. Jones, West Virginia University

  • 2:30 PM OOS 42-4 Ecology’s roots at historically black colleges
    Charles H. Nilon, University of Missouri; George A. Middendorf, Howard University; Muriel Poston, Pitzer College

  • 2:50 PM OOS 42-5 Diversity in ESA at 100: An historic assessment
    Christopher Beck, Emory University; Kate S. Boersma, University of San Diego; C. Susannah Tysor, University of British Columbia; George Middendorf, Howard University

  • 3:10 PM OOS 42- Break
  • 3:20 PM OOS 42-6 Human ecology at ESA: An historical review
    Rich Borden, College of the Atlantic; Robert A. Dyball, Australian National University

  • 3:40 PM OOS 42-7 With respect to the ESA, how ecological is ecological restoration? Where has ecological restoration been and where might it go?
    Stuart K. Allison, Knox College

  • 4:00 PM OOS 42-8 Different ways of knowing: ESA and its adaptation to multicultural complexities
    Jesse Ford, Oregon State University
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Ecological Century: Perspectives on the Evolution of the Discipline

OPS 3 Ecological Century: Perspectives on the Evolution of the Discipline
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM at the
Exhibit Hall, Sacramento Convention Center
Organized by Kathleen J. Fichtel and Juliana C. Mulroy

The Historical Records Committee is sponsoring this session in order to provide a forum for fostering discussion about the history of ecology and of the Ecological Society of America as the Centennial approaches. Five posters explore the influence of Victor Shelford’s undergraduate years on his career, provide context for Ruth Patrick’s role as a woman in ecology for the past century, review the history of vegetation classification, and outline the evolution of ESA’s history information in online media. Finally, the results of our Special Session on Ecological Concepts will be presented in poster form.

Details at EcoConfex program page.

OPS 3-1 Taking historical records online: ESA’s evolving digital footprint
Sally L. White, Morrison, CO; Robert K. Peet, University of North Carolina; C. Susannah Tysor, University of British Columbia

OPS 3-2 Appalachian Springboard: ESA co-founder Victor Shelford and his undergraduate experience at West Virginia University
Kathleen J. Fichtel, West Virginia University; Robert H. Jones, West Virginia University

OPS 3-3 The Dark Ages: The historical and societal context for the work of Ruth Patrick and Women in Ecology Daniel S. Song, University of Pennsylvania

OPS 3-5 History of the United States National Vegetation Classification System
Scott B. Franklin, University of Northern Colorado; Robert K. Peet,University of North Carolina; David Roberts, Montana State University;Orie L. Loucks, Miami University; Michael Jennings, University of Idaho;Alexa McKerrow, United States Geological Survey; Don Faber-Langendoen, NatureServe

OPS 3-6 Ecological concepts: Of what value, and for whom? Results of a survey
William A. Reiners, University of Wyoming

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Explore Ecological Concepts in Monday Session!

SS 2 Ecological Concepts: Of What Value, and for Whom?
Bill Reiners and Jeff Lockwood will lead discussion of important “concepts,” participants fill out a survey, and the results will be displayed in a poster on Wednesday.

Ecology texts and courses are laden with many concepts, but how useful are they in our practice of ecology? How valuable are they in understanding nature, framing particular issues, and solving actual environmental problems? As we plan for ESA’s Centennial meeting, we seek to learn more from practicing ecologists about actual application of ecological concepts.

This session offers an opportunity for participants to explore their own attitudes about ecological concepts by rating the utility of 100 concepts in their own practices. The results of this session will also inform the ecological community of which concepts are actually useful. Following an explanation of the list, participants will rate these concepts through a brief internet-based survey using their own internet-accessing devices. Concept ratings will be projected on screen as soon as the last inputs are made. Results will illustrate which concepts are, in fact, useful to session participants, whether more highly rated concepts tend to be more or less abstract, and whether concepts related to different ecological domains (population through biosphere foci) tend to be more useful. The moderator will solicit discussion from those present as to why they made the choices they did in the context of their particular practices.

For those participants without internet accessing devices, a paper version of the survey will be provided as an alternative mode of participation. A summary of results and discussion from this session will be incorporated into Reiners’ poster in OPS 3-6.

Ecological Concepts: Of What Value, and for Whom?
Monday, August 11, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
203, Sacramento Convention Center

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HRC programming for ESA2014

The upcoming Sacramento meeting of the Society August 10-15 features the following sessions organized by HRC’s Program Subcommittee.

Download a printable program list.

Join us for historical perspectives in these topics:

SS 2 Ecological Concepts: Of What Value, and for Whom?
Bill Reiners and Jeff Lockwood will lead discussion of important “concepts,” participants fill out a survey, and the results will be displayed in a poster on Wednesday.
More at Ecological Concepts: Of What Value, and for Whom?
Monday, August 11, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
203, Sacramento Convention Center

OPS 3 Ecological Century: Perspectives on the Evolution of the Discipline
Sponsored by the Historical Records Committee, five posters in this session will provide a forum for fostering discussion about the history of ecology and of the Ecological Society of America as the Centennial approaches.
More at Ecological Century: Perspectives on the Evolution of the Discipline
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Exhibit Hall, Sacramento Convention Center

OOS 42 ESA’s Struggle for Identity Over the First 100 Years: Lessons for the Future?
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) was formed in 1915 with the express intent of bringing those interested in ecology together to share common interests in a way not possible in other societies of the time.
More at ESA’s Struggle for Identity Over the First 100 Years: Lessons for the Future?
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
204, Sacramento Convention Center


In addition to our programs, several other history related sessions are available this year.

SYMP 18 Island Biogeography, from the Oceans to the Sky: Recent Advances and an Emerging Synthesis
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM at Tofanell, Sheraton Hotel
Opens with a presentation on the History of island biogeography, new directions, and the emerging unifying theory by Michael Krabbe Borregaard, University of Oxford.

OOS 11 Nurturing Ideas and Scientists in Ecology: A Tribute to Bill Robertson
Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM, Magnolia, Sheraton Hotel
Includes presentation on his Impact on the Ecological Society of America by Katherine McCarter

SYMP 17 Science Matters: Lessons in Climate Policy Making from California
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM, Gardenia, Sheraton Hotel
Explores the role of input from ecological scientists in policy and how ecological knowledge has shaped implementation of climate policy

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ESA 2015 Centennial

Centennial Logo by Jane L. Bain
ESA will celebrate its Centennial in 2015 at the Annual Meeting in Baltimore August 9 through 14, 2015. There will be special symposia and social events commemorating the occasion. Planning began in 2012, when the Governing Board established a Centennial Committee, chaired by Alan Covich.

The committee’s recommendations are now being implemented by the Centennial Implementation Committee, chaired by Nancy Huntly (nancy.huntly AT usu.edu), and the 2015 Meetings Committee, chaired by Carol Brewer (prairieecotone AT gmail.com). They continue to seek ideas from the membership for special sessions and other activities.

In 2014, to lead up to the Centennial, HRC has several history sessions planned.

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HRC sessions at ESA 2014

JOIN US IN SACRAMENTO August 10-15, 2014

Here’s an early preview of what’s ahead in history sessions for the Sacramento meeting in August. We’ll have more details on HRC programs soon. Annual Meeting page at ESA home.

Special Session #9685:
“Ecological concepts: Of what value, and for whom?”
Monday, August 11, 2014
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Organized Poster Sessions #9664:
“Ecological Century: Perspectives on the evolution of the discipline”
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Organized Oral Sessions #9680:
“What and Who have been “In” or “Out” in the Ecological Society of America over the last 100 years: A View from the Human-Centered ESA Sections.”
Thursday, August 14, 2014
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

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Welcome to our new site!

Today (March 4, 2014) we launch our project–this set of pages– as the official ESA History website. We think the new features offered here will help you find a great deal of history information that hasn’t been as readily accessible before.

What’s New?

  1. You can comment! Got questions? On almost every page, you’ll find an invitation to comment. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity, and we’ll try to respond promptly. You can also reach us by email at HRC4ESA at gmail dot com, or chat with us via Twitter @ESAhistory.
  2. Our interactive timeline: This one’s a work-in-progress, with more events to be added, but give it a try (on the home page) and explore ESA’s first 100 years.
  3. Our tables: Officers and Award winners are available, and all tables are sortable–by name, year, and other fields. We’ll keep working on missing information (chapter and section officers, for example), so check back often for new pages.
  4. Resources: When we discover new sources of historical information on ecology and ESA, we’ll be sharing them here.
  5. And you can help! We invite suggestions, submissions, connections, corrections, and even volunteers. Check out our construction page for ways to get involved. We look forward to working with you to make ESA History a bigger, better place.

So take a look around and let us know what you think. And please keep an eye out for more improvements in the weeks to come.

Thanks for stopping by!

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New: The Paper Trail

For ESA’s upcoming centennial in 2015, Bulletin editor Ed Johnson has announced a new series called The Paper Trail (pdf), to be published in the Bulletin beginning with the January issue. We expect these essays will become a significant contribution to ESA’s historical record.

The Bulletin is ESA’s oldest journal, and the new series will consist of essays that provide the “personal viewpoint” of distinguished ecologists on a paper or papers that were particularly important in catalyzing future developments in ecology. Each essay is to focus on paper(s) that have had particular influence on the ideas and approaches to ecology; the essays will be written by ecologists who have contributed significantly to the discipline.

The essays for the January issue are:

Influences on My Research over Sixty-five Years, by Eville Gorham, Regent Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Patterns in Nature and Their Causes, by Joy Zedler, Professor of Botany and Aldo Leopold Chair in Restoration Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison

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All about Eminent Ecologists on Twitter

Enjoy our Twitter series on Eminent Ecologists without signing up for Twitter! If you do have a Twitter account, be sure to follow us @ESAhistory, and check here to make sure you didn’t miss anything in this set. For more of our posts on Twitter, see Romping through the Records.

You can see the full list of honorees on our Eminent Ecologist Award page, or check it out on Wikipedia, to see which Eminents still need Wikipedia pages. Read more ›

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All about ESA Presidents on Twitter

Enjoy our Twitter series on ESA presidents without signing up for Twitter! If you do have a Twitter account, be sure to follow us @ESAhistory, and check here to make sure you didn’t miss anything in this set. For more of our posts on Twitter, see Romping through the Records. Read more ›

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