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To celebrate the centennial of the society, ESA journals staff collected some of the most #notablepapers published in their pages—which for ESA’s oldest journal, Ecology, reach back nearly 100 years, to 1920. “Notable” papers were selected based on number of citations (90% of the score) tempered by number of downloads (10% of the score, to bolster more recent stand-outs). The editorial staff invited short commentaries on the papers from members of the society, which they published with the paper collections.
Sixty years ago Robert MacArthur ventured into spruce woods in Maine and Vermont to study five species of warblers
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“Investing in Citizen Science can improve natural resource management and environmental protection”

http://www.esa.org/esa/expanding-the-reach-of-environmental-research-with-citizen-science/

ESA’s guide to deciding if citizen science is right for your organization, and the best design to meet your organization’s goals. Number 19 in ESA’s series Issues in Ecology is included as a resource in the Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit, released by the White House OSTP yesterday in conjunction with a Citizen Science Forum webcast live from the White House and a memo mandating the incorporation of citizen science into all federal agency programming.
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"These findings, along with my description of lazy animals coexisting peacefully with humans, is not an attempt to paint great white sharks as harmless. I don’t think we should ride them like ponys at the county fair. But I also disagree with their depiction as bloodthirsty killers, on the prowl for humans. I don’t think they should be culled. Our view of these animals cannot be so black or white. It needs to be grey. A silhouetted grey. A grey that’s bigger and stronger than us. A grey that should be respected and admired from a safe distance. Because they are wild fucking animals. And they were here first."

Francesco Ferretti, Salvador Jorgensen, Taylor K Chapple, Giulio De Leo, and Fiorenza Micheli 2015. Reconciling predator conservation with public safety. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment (e-View) http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/150109
An aerial tour of familiar California coastline and our gray-suited neighbors that are closer than we think. Should we be more scared of sharks than ever?
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Associate Editor Sean McMahon writes about two potentially powerful new platforms from which #Groundbreaking   #Ecological   #Science  might develop which were discussed at #ESA100

Read the full blog post here: bit.ly/1JQvwnJ 
This post was provided by Sean McMahon. Sean is an Associate Editor for Methods in Ecology and Evolution and is a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Institution based at the Smithsonian Environment...
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Science Communicators! 
There's still time to add Workshop 10854: Communicating Science Vividly; Sunday, August 9, 2015; 12:00-5:00 p.m. 
to your #ESA100 schedule.

Our workshop targets ecologists, educators, and communicators – those looking to expand their toolbox, and those curious to test the waters of science communication for the first time.
We’re not looking for journalistic masterpieces, and everyone is welcome.

In this workshop, ‘boundary-spanning’ science communicators with expertise in visual communication and creative nonfiction writing will guide participants through a variety of hands-on exercises to build their skills in conveying ecological concepts to broad audiences.
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Outgoing ESA President David Inouye on the ecology needed for the next 100 years -- as we celebrate #ESA100

"The science of ecology is about relationships—among organisms and habitats, on all scales—and how they provide information that helps us better understand our world. In the past 100 years, the field has moved from observations to experiments to forecasting. Next week, the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the world's largest ecological society, celebrates its centennial in Baltimore, an opportunity to reflect on the field's past and future. "
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What challenges will ecologists contend with in the 21st century? What opportunities will open our careers and outreach to society?

ESA's Student Section invites undergrad, masters and phd students of ecology to apply for their EcoFutures core working group and join them in forecasting these challenges and opportunities.

The goal of EcoFutures is to stimulate long-term thought about how to 1) ensure ecology remains a successful and fulfilling career path and 2) increase the relevance of ecology to broader society by encouraging and supporting responsible environmental-decision making. We will identify the top 50 challenges that we as 21st-century ecologists may contend with and anticipate 50 emerging opportunities we may capitalize on in our careers and outreach to society.
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Monica Turner is ESA's 2015-16 President

Landscape ecologist Monica Turner travels in her team’s boat, PICO1, across Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park in July 2012 to access long-term study plots in areas that burned during the 1988 Yellowstone Fires. Named for Pinus contorta, the lodgepole pines that dominate Yellowstone’s forests, PICO1 gets Turner and her group to remote study areas that are more easily reached from the lakeshore. The July trip was part of a major resampling of long-term plots 25 years after the 1988 fires. Turner took over the presidency of the Ecological Society of America in August, 2015, and will serve one year.

http://www.esa.org/esa/monica-turner-named-president-of-the-ecological-society-of-america-for-2015-2016/
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Ecology at Interface:
Science-based solutions for human well-being

Dennis Ojima, Jill Baron, Nancy Huntly, and David Inouye at the ESA Booth at the European Ecological Federation meeting.

http://www.ecologyatinterface.eu/index.php
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How Amy Pickering Became an Environmental Health Engineer | Career Spotlight

Amy Pickering works as a research associate at Stanford University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and at Woods Institute for the Environment. Her work combines social science, microbiology and engineering to study ways people in low-income countries can access safer water and better sanitation.
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ESA presidents comment on NEON de-scoping

http://www.esa.org/esablog/guest-posts/esa-presidents-comment-on-neon-de-scoping/

A guest commentary from 16 current and past presidents of ESA addressing a recent move by the National Science Foundation to shrink the mission scope of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
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The siren song of a sticky plant: columbines provision mutualist arthropods by attracting and killing passerby insects. (in press) Eric F. LoPresti, Ian Seth Pearse, and Grace K. Charles #Ecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/15-0342.1
It’s not only carnivorous plants that bugs have to watch out for. Sure, if an ant tumbles into a pitcher plant or a spider stands in the open maw of a Venus flytrap, we know what’s coming next. But certain innocent-looking plants—perhaps very many of them, even including ones in your own yard—murder hosts of insects that they have no …
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The Ecological Society of America is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. ESA is committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 10,000 member Society publishes five journals, convenes an annual scientific conference, and broadly shares ecological information through policy and media outreach and education initiatives. Visit our blog for ESA news and events.