Sections are organized within ESA’s membership to promote interaction among those with similar research and discipline interests. Sections organize activities and facilitate communication among their members.

ESA welcomed four new sections in 2015: the Ecological Restoration Section, Invasion Ecology Section, Open Science Section, and Science Communication Section. In 2016, the Black Ecologists Section was created.

Links to section websites and social media are provided at the end of each paragraph. The section name links to history information, if available. With ESA’s Centennial in 2015, the Historical Records Committee strongly encourages all sections to research and publish their history. We are happy to help—please let us hear from you!

      • The Animal Behavior and Sociobiology Section, formed in 1956, was a large (>1000 members) and visible section until 1964, when it merged with a similar Division of the American Society of Zoologists to form the Animal Behavior Society.  Thereafter it largely ceased to function as a Section and was dissolved in 1993.
      • The Applied Ecology Section is the second-largest and third-oldest of the active sections within this Society. The Section was established in 1971 and strives to enhance communication about applying ecological principles to solve practical environmental problems.
        Section website
      • The Aquatic Ecology Section advances, coordinates, and assists research and dissemination of theoretical and applied knowledge in all branches of aquatic ecology.  It is the largest and oldest active section, having been established in 1961 as a successor to a Fish and Fisheries committee created in 1917.
        Section website | Twitter @ESAAquatic



At this time, HRC is not tracking section awards, but old records may be found at Awards given by Chapters and Sections.

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