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Jerry Franklin honored with the ‪#‎ESA2016‬ Eminent Ecologist Award

Out of the classroom: Jerry lectures in a ponderosa pine forest on historical Klamath Tribes Reservation lands to an Oregon State University forestry class focused on restoration of frequent-fire forests in eastern Oregon. The forest, now a part of the Fremont–Winema National Forest, is very close to its historical condition, providing a model of what the foresters should be seeking to restore on sites where timber harvest and fire elimination have drastically altered the forests. Credit, Debbie Johnson.

Learn more http://www.esa.org/esablog/ecology-in-the-news/news-events/jerry-franklin-ecological-society-of-americas-2016-eminent-ecologist/
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32 essential questions for understanding the social–ecological system of forage fish: the case of Pacific Herring

A small fish at the center of a wide cultural, economic & ecological web, the Pacific herring looms large in the culture of the Haida and other native peoples of the Northeast Pacific coast. This once super abundant “cultural keystone species” forages on tiny phyto- and zooplankton and in turn feeds bigger fish, mammals, and birds—among them, commercially valuable predatory fish. The herring fishery is commercially valuable for food, bait, and particularly for its roe. Pacific herring populations swing unpredictably in size, driven in part by climate and ocean conditions, which leaves it vulnerable to overfishing. Managing and sharing the herring harvest can be fraught. The Pacific Herring Summit brought together representatives in a participatory process to promote collaborative priority-setting for this critical forage fish. This month in the journal Ecosystem Healthy and Sustainablity, Levin and colleagues report on the conceptual model of the Pacific herring social-ecological system developed by the summit and 32 questions highlighting uncertainties and unknowns about science and management of herring.

Phillip Levin ( NOAA Fisheries, Seattle, Washington),
Tessa Francis (Puget Sound Institute, University of Washington Tacoma), and
Nathan Taylor (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada)

Ecosystem Health and Sustainability is a interdisciplinary journal co-produced by the Ecological Societies of America and China.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ehs2.1213/full
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Sand-armoured plants rough eating for herbavores
-in the April issue of ‪#‎Ecology‬
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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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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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Ecologist and ESA member Simon Levin awarded National Medal of Science!

Watch the ceremony live @WhiteHouse today (May 19) at 2:30PM ET #STEMmedals

Levin focuses on complexity, particularly how large-scale patterns — such as at the ecosystem level — are maintained by small-scale behavioral and evolutionary factors at the level of individual organisms. His work uses observational data and mathematical models to explore topics such as biological diversity, the evolution of structure and organization, and the management of public goods and shared resources. While primarily related to ecology, Levin's work also has analyzed conservation, financial and economic systems, and the dynamics of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance.

More about Levin from Princeton University's press release: https://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S45/08/11Q49/index.xml?section=topstories
Watch the ceremony live at 2:30 PM ET as 17 scientists, engineers, and inventors are recognized for their contributions to science and engineering.
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Slowing The Insect Invasion: Wood Packaging Sanitation Policy Yields US $11.7 Billion Net Benefit

Risk analysis in ESA Frontiers found savings for homeowners and local governments of excluding invasive pests like the emerald ash borer outweigh added cost to imported g http://ow.ly/94KI3005EIr oods
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"Pennsylvania has 58 separate species of non-native forest pests threatening trees and plant life, according to a new study out Tuesday in the journal Ecological Applications.
“That’s second only to New York state in terms of the number of pests,” said lead author Gary Lovett, senior scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in upstate New York."

Lovett, G. M., Weiss, M., Liebhold, A. M., Holmes, T. P., Leung, B., Lambert, K. F., Orwig, D. A., Campbell, F. T., Rosenthal, J., McCullough, D. G., Wildova, R., Ayres, M. P., Canham, C. D., Foster, D. R., LaDeau, S. L. and Weldy, T. (2016), Nonnative forest insects and pathogens in the United States: Impacts and policy options. Ecol Appl. doi:10.1890/15-1176
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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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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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"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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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.