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Meeting Press Releases

This USGS tipsheet presents a select few of our exciting presentations at the ESA meeting.

USGS Contacts:


  • Bringing Together Science and Decision Making to Solve Conservation Problems
  • Not-So-Novel and Novel Communities in Semi-Arid Lands of Western North America: Past, Present, Future
  • Stressors to Mangrove Ecosystems in the Southeast
  • Assessing the Future of the Colorado Plateau: Interactions Among Changing Land-Use Practices and Increasing Aridity in a Sensitive Dryland
  • Response of Red Squirrels to Climate Change in the Northeast

& more…

ESA Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org
Ecological scientists are not known for elevated fashion sensibilities. Many take pride in a sartorial identity rooted in a field work chic of practical hats, cargo pants, and judicious applications of duct tape. Button-downs in botanical prints and ties in tiny repeating motifs of anatomically correct fish are favored formal attire when researchers gather for the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) each August. But this year, ESA’s leadership will sport designer frocks inspired by the living objects of their research, breaking out of their comfort wear comfort zones to excite curiosity about science and the natural world outside of their usual cultural niche.
To restore the grasslands of the Great Plains, a Nebraska ecologist says, bring back high intensity fires
ESA Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org
Ecologist Dirac Twidwell wants to change the way we think about prescribed burns. The University of Nebraska professor says he can harness extreme fire to restore grasslands on the Great Plains—and, with the help of the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab, he has created a small drone that launches ping-pong balls-sized “dragon eggs” of fire to help him do it safely and cheaply.
ESA Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org
Climate effects of major eruptions deliver ‘just right’ conditions for vulnerable seedlings of an icon of the southwest.
A cold snap in the Florida sub-tropics affected mangrove and other ecosystems.
J.S. Rehage/NSF Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research Site
NSF Contact: Cheryl Dybas, 703-292-7734, cdybas@nsf.gov
Cold snaps in sub-tropical ecosystems, life under cities in soils, drought in rainforests, and desertification in grasslands are among the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research topics featured at the 2016 meeting.Subjects to be addressed include new findings on long-term ecological research, Earth’s coupled natural and human systems, and the critical zone: the region between the top of the forest canopy and the base of weathered rock.
Female and male Asian tiger mosquitoes.

J. Newman, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida.

ESA Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org
Research on mosquito biology and disease transmission will have a strong showing at the 2016 annual meeting southern Florida. Climate change and species invasions are strong themes among this year’s research presentations on infectious disease.

2016 ESA Regional Policy Award recognizes Shannon Estenoz for her work in Everglades restoration
ESA Contact: Alison Mize, 202-833-8773 ext. 205, alison@esa.org
ESA will present its ninth annual Regional Policy Award to Shannon Estenoz, Director of Everglades Restoration Initiatives for the US Department of Interior during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The award recognizes an elected or appointed local policymaker who has an outstanding record of informing policy decisions with ecological science.
MacArthur Award winner Anurag A. Agrawal, with butterfly. Image credit, Frank DiMeo
Ecological Society Of America Announces 2016 Award Recipients
ESA Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org
ESA will present the 2016 awards recognizing outstanding contributions to ecology in new discoveries, teaching, sustainability, diversity, and lifelong commitment to the profession during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, August 8, at 8 AM in the Floridian Ballroom AB, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
ESA Contact: Liza Lester, 202-833-8773 ext. 211, LLester@esa.org
Novel Ecosystems In The Anthropocene, Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 7–12 August 2016.