HRC-sponsored Sessions at 2015 Meeting

logo2015In recognition of ESA’s centennial celebration this year, HRC’s program subcommittee, chaired by Juliana Mulroy, has worked with committee members and others to put together the following sessions for the August meeting in Baltimore.

  • Special Session: Ecology’s Concepts: How Are They Used and Valued?
    Monday, August 10, 8-10:00 p.m.
    (Organized by William Reiners, with Jeffrey Lockwood, Steven Prager, Derek Reiners)

  • Symposium: Fostering Transdisciplinary Science to Meet 21st-Century Challenges: How Can Ecology Learn from the ‘Science of Team Science’?
    Tuesday, August 11, 1:30-5:00 p.m.
    (Organized by S. Kingsland and supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, Maryland).

  • Organized Oral Session: External Influences on Ecological Theory: The Effect of Economic, Sociopolitical, Climatic and Other Conditions.
    Thursday, August 13, 1:30-5:00 p.m. (Organized by Michael Huston).

ESA members have been encouraged to address history this year, with the theme of the meeting set as “Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial.” As we learn of other history-related sessions, we will add them here.

Posted in Centennial, Meetings, News

HRC’s Oral History Project

From the April 2015 HRC Newsletter

Since this HRC project began several years ago, oral histories have been recorded for 12 long-time ESA members (Larry Bliss, James Brown, Art Cooper, Scott Collins, Yaffa Grossman, John Hobbie, Jean Langenheim, Orie Loucks, Gordon Orians, Robert Paine, Patricia Werner, and George Woodwell). Ten recordings are now archived at the University of Georgia and the others will be submitted soon. Each submission includes a folder with the recording (WAV digital format in most cases; MP3 recordings are considered inferior); a detailed, searchable summary of the topics that were discussed (digital); and a copy of the signed release form (scanned plus the original). Older ESA officers and award winners have priority at the present time, but others are being interviewed as the opportunity arises. Thus far, each interview has lasted from 1 to 1.5 hours and has been organized around the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to become an ecologist and how did it happen?
  2. What were significant milestones in the development of your career and why did they happen?
  3. What major developments have you noticed in the development of ecology as a discipline?
  4. What major developments have you noticed during your involvement with ESA? Frustrations? Improvements?

Dennis Knight, project coordinator, now has three oral history kits that can be sent to individuals with an interest in doing additional interviews. Each kit includes an easy-to-operate digital recorder with instructions and guidelines on how to proceed. Anyone interested in doing an interview, or with suggestions on who should be interviewed, is encouraged to contact Dennis at dhknight@uwyo.edu. Those doing interviews thus far are Eva Dettweiler-Robinson, Rich Fonda, Richard Houghton, Dennis Knight, Doug Sprugel, and Tom Wentworth.

Christian Lopez noted that UGA does not edit interviews in any way, but simply archives what is sent. People who want to edit or take clips from the interviews in future will do so on a copy of the original that UGAL provides, or on a copy that Dennis or his successor can provide. For now, people should ask Dennis for access to the folders, which include the recording, a detailed summary of the topics and people discussed, and a copy of the signed release form.

Posted in Archives, News, Oral histories

Exploring the ESA Archives: Why Visit or Write?

From the April 2015 HRC Newsletter:

Even if you aren’t interested in ESA organizational history specifically, there is much to find about the history of ecology at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, both within the ESA archives and in other collections. Although processing of these collections and Finding Aids is not complete, there is an excellent staff, including some with intimate and long-term knowledge of the collections. Their help is invaluable; take advantage of it while you can.

Archives everywhere are limited by available resources and must prioritize their efforts in terms of processing and making materials more “visible.” One of the ways that priorities are set is by the number of queries and visits. Up until now, such interest in our collections has been limited because researchers have had difficulty finding out what might be available. We are working with the UGAL staff to change that.
The ESA Archives and related collections such as TIE (The Institute of Ecology), the Eugene Odum and Frank Golley papers, as well as other collections of special interest to UGAL (such as natural history) are housed in a beautiful new facility under energetic new leadership. We were “on hold” while the new library was being constructed and the collections moved, but they are now open for business and welcome our inquiries. Now is the time to visit or write.

Julie has developed a list of tips for ESA Archives visitors; they will appear in a future newsletter. Email her at mulroy@denison.edu if you plan to visit before the list appears.

Posted in Archives, News

Ecology’s Future: ESA Writing Contest

Can you imagine what ecology might look like 50 years from now? Give it a try, for a new writing contest ESA Frontiers has launched for the ESA Centennial this year.

As we honor the first hundred years of the society, ESA invites ecologists to imagine the state of ecology in the middle of our next century. In 800 words or less, project yourself forward fifty years and describe a day in the life of an ecologist in the year 2065.

We’re focused on looking back here at ESA history, but that doesn’t mean we don’t care about the future too. In fact, 50 years ago, ESA asked a committee to look at the Future of Ecology! See how you think they did: here’s the 1965 report.

Contact Liza Lester (liza@esa.org) or Cliff Duke (CSDuke@esa.org) for more information on the writing contest, enter by March 27th, and good luck!

Posted in Centennial, News

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
Posted in Meetings, News

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

Posted in Meetings, News

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

Posted in Meetings, News

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

Posted in Meetings, News

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.

Posted in Centennial, News

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

Posted in Meetings, News

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