HRC programming for ESA2014

The upcoming Sacramento meeting of the Society August 10-15 features the following sessions organized by HRC’s Program Subcommittee. Join us for historical perspectives in these topics:

SS 2
Ecological Concepts: Of What Value, and for Whom?
Monday, August 11, 2014: 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
203, Sacramento Convention Center

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?
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
204, Sacramento Convention Center

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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, and the 2015 Meetings Committee, chaired by Carol Brewer (prairieecotone AT 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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ESA Centennial in 2015

ESA Centennial in 2015
Carol Brewer , Hal Balbach , Nancy Huntly
from the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 94:204–209.

Hello ESA Colleagues,

The Ecological Society of America celebrates its Centennial in 2015, and many Society-sponsored activities already have been planned and are being developed. However, many other things remain to be organized, including the theme and program of the 2015 meeting, centennial-related activities that overlap the 2014 and 2015 meetings, and a few other Society-sponsored events and activities for 2015. Additionally, we are hearing from members who have ideas for the 2014 or 2015 meeting or for a Centennial activity and want to know how to be involved.

The purpose of this e-mail is to introduce the point-people who should be contacted with questions about or ideas for the 2014 Annual Meeting, the 2015 Centennial Annual Meeting, or ESA’s planned Centennial activities.

Carol Brewer is chairing the Program Committee for the 2015 Centennial Annual Meeting, to be held in Baltimore; Hal Balbach is chairing the Program Committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting, to be held in Sacramento; and Nancy Huntly is chairing the Centennial Implementation Committee, which will oversee the series of activities that will mark ESA’s Centennial year and meeting, helping to keep all on schedule and coordinated.

To coordinate planning for the 2014 and 2015 Annual Meetings and other Centennial observances, Carol, Hal, and Nancy will act as an Executive Committee that shares information between the two Program Committees and the Centennial Implementation Committee. You may e-mail any one or all of us with your ideas and questions.

We are particularly interested in hearing early your ideas for symposia, organized oral sessions, etc., that would relate to a centennial theme and so continue through both the 2014 and 2015 meetings.

We all look forward to working with ESA members to assure great Annual Meetings and a great Centennial year for ESA.

Best wishes to you all,

Carol Brewer (

Hal Balbach (

Nancy Huntly (

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History lovers guide to ESA2013

We’ll be celebrating ESA’s history again this year, with major displays and demos at our joint Historical Records/Centennial Committee booth. Look for us in the Exhibit Hall all week, but especially during poster sessions. (Booth 613)

In addition to our booth, several sessions related to ESA history are planned by the HRC Program Subcommittee and others. To learn more about what’s happening, follow us on Twitter: @ESAhistory.

Monday, August 5, 10:15 AM-11:30 AM SS 4: Generating a Historical Time Line of ‘Earth Stewards’ to Inspire Our Future. 101E, Minneapolis Convention Center. Human-oriented ESA sections gather to collaborate using Tiki-toki software. Organized by past chairs of Environmental Justice, Human Ecology and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Organized by Robert A. Dyball, Leanne M. Jablonski, and Mimi E. Lam.

Monday, August 5, 1:30 PM-5:00 PM SYMP 1. A Guide to Ecology’s Past, Current and Future History: Reflections on a Theme by Robert McIntosh. M100EF, Minneapolis Convention Center. Speakers examine how the field is changing and how the past informs both present and future. Organized by James A. MacMahon, moderated by Katherine L. Gross.

Tuesday, August 6, 8-11:30 AM SYMP 5 Understanding the Past to Shape the Future: A Symposium Honoring the Contribution of Minnesota Ecologists Margaret Davis, Eville Gorham, and Herb Wright. 205AB, Minneapolis Convention Center. Organized by Mark W. Schwartz, Mary V. Santelmann, and David R. Foster.

Tuesday, August 6, 1:30 PM-5:00 PM In OOS 11, speakers will discuss Communities, Places, and American Ecology: Case Studies; how intellectual communities have sparked creativity and shaped ideas in ecology. 101A, Minneapolis Convention Center. Organized by Alison Anastasio.

Wednesday, August 7, 4:30-6:30: At OPS 3, students will share their Current Perspectives on the History of Ecology at this poster session in the Exhibit Hall. Organized by HRC student member Daniel S. Song.

Wednesday, August 7, 7-8:30 AM: Historical Records Committee Meeting.

Wednesday, August 7, 4:30-6:30 PM: PS 32 is organized around the theme of history, perhaps a precedent at ESA meetings. See more at History poster session.

Thursday, August 8, 8-10 AM. Explore The Value of Philosophy for Ecology at Ignite session 14. From putting the Ph back into ecology PhDs to blind ecologists and the ecological elephant, this session promises to be intriguing. Organized by Chelse Prather.

Thursday, August 8, 1:30-3:30 PM: Join the Conversation on the Future of Ecology, Ignite session 16, featuring ESA leadership, current and past. Organized by Mimi E. Lam and Bob R. Pohlad.

Friday, August 9, 8-11:30 AM: Changes in the way ecologists approach their science, and whether hypothesis testing truly is the main work of science, are the focus for Beyond Hypothesis Testing. M100EF, Minneapolis Convention Center. Organized by Jane Shevtsov.

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The British Ecological Society’s Centennial

The British Ecological Society is celebrating their centennial this year. To reflect on all they’ve accomplished, they’ve compiled a list of 100 of the best papers in their archives – with commentary! See the results here.

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