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Lionfish characteristics make them more “terminator” than predator
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Oregon State University
Lionfish appear to stay in one area even as the numbers of prey diminish, and in some cases can eat the population to local extinction. They have unique characteristics that make this possible, and like the terminator, they simply will not stop until the last of their prey is dead.

Northern pine snake alive on the roadside
Roadside research from the pinelands and coast to coast
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Drexel University
Diane Ward and fellow doctoral students Ryan Rebozo and Kevin P.W. Smith took advantage of a cross-country road-trip from Philadelphia to the meeting in Sacramento this week for some extra ecological data collection.
USGS Science at Ecological Society of America’s Conference: From Climate Change to Fire, Drought, and Wind Energy
Monday, August 11, 2014
US Geological Survey
From climate change to wind energy effects on birds and bats to wildlife disease, U.S. Geological Survey research will be presented at the annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) meetings from Aug. 10 to 14, 2014, in Sacramento.
Complete listing of USGS science at ESA 2014 [pdf]
WERC Science at the ESA 2014 Meeting in Sacramento
Sunday, August 10, 2014
USGS Western Ecological Research Center
Ecologist Jill Baron of the USGS Fort Collins Science Center opened the meeting, serving as the current President of the society. WERC scientists will join other USGS colleagues to present talks on topics including wildfire, drought, urban wildlife, Sierra Nevada meadows.

The Quino Checkerspot Butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) is federally listed as “Endangered” throughout its range in California and New Mexico. Credit, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Innovations for Endangered Species Recovery
Thursday, August 7, 2014
40 years after enactment of the Endangered Species Act, shifting public priorities remain an uphill battle.

A controlled burn of central marine chaparral conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Fort Ord, Cal., on October 14, 2013. Credit, U.S. Army.
History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

USGS ecologist Jon Keeley will synthesize his research on the history of wildfire across the entire state, contrasting historical versus contemporary and forested versus non-forested patterns of wildfire incidence.

Scientific assessments like The National Climate Assessment report are essential tools for linking science and decision making. It is used by the U.S. Government, citizens, communities, and businesses as they create more sustainable and environmentally sound plans for the future. Credit, USGCRP
Preparing for the effects of a changing climate: Ecologists unwrap the science in the National Climate Assessment
Wednesday, August 5, 2014
Findings from The Third National Climate Assessment Report (released in spring 2014) will be presented at the Ecological Society of America’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Sacramento, Cal., August 10–15.

Sea otters consume sea urchins and help keep the undersea kelp forest healthy. Credit, Vancouver Aquarium.
Climate Change, Predators, And The Trickle Down Effects On Ecosystems
Monday, August 4, 2014
Ecologists Are Just Beginning To Understand How The Impacts Of Climate Change Are Affecting Predatory Keystone Species And Their Ecosystems. Ecologists Will Report On This And Other Climate-Ecosystem Research News At The Ecological Society Of America’s 2014 Annual Meeting In Sacramento, Cal., August 10–15.

. The Rim Fire blazes in tree crowns of the Stanislaus National Forest, California, in late August, 2013.  Photo by Mike McMillan, USFS.
The California Rim Fire one year later: a natural experiment in fire ecology and management
Thursday, July 31, 2014

The 2013 California Rim Fire crossed management boundaries when it burned beyond the Stanislaus National Forest into to Yosemite National Park, providing a natural demonstration of the effects of a history of fire suppression on wildfire dynamics.

American River Parkway morning photo by Robert Course-Baker
2014 Earth Stewardship Initiative Demonstration Project: sustaining and enhancing Earth’s life-support systems
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

“Cities that Work for People and Ecosystems” is the theme for a full week of demonstration projects in the Sacramento’s American River Parkway during the annual meeting.

Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.   Oct. 2010. Photo, Justine Belson/ USFWS.
Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, and ritual. Contemporary tribes continue to use fire to maintain desired habitat and natural resources.

California State Senator Darrell Steinberg named as ESA Regional Policy Award winner
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
ESA’s Regional Policy Award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science.

Ecological Society of America announces 2014 award recipients
Tuesdsay, July 15, 2014
Ten awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession to be presented during the Society’s 99th Annual Meeting.

A lovely Augochlora pura extends half of its tongue. A. pura is a member of the relatively short-tongued Halictidae family, uprettily known as the sweat bees. The small, solitary bee is one of the most common bees of forests and forest edges in the eastern United States, and a promiscuous attendant to many flower species. Collected by Phillip Moore in Polk County, Tennessee. Photograph by Phillip Moore. Photo courtesy of the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.
For bees (and flowers), tongue size matters
Monday, July 14, 2014
When it comes to bee tongues, length is proportional to the size of the bee, but heritage sets the proportion. Estimating this hard to measure trait helps scientists understand bee species’ resiliency to change.

Ecologists converge on Sacramento, Cal. for the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America August 10-15, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
ESA’s 99th Annual Meeting features public sessions bringing research into the realms of policy and planning, touching on California coastal resources, organic farming, disease, and wildlife in urban spaces.