Yonglong Lu named Editor-in-Chief of New Joint Journal of the Ecological Societies of America and China


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Yonglong Lu took the helm this fall of a new international journal, created as a mutual venture between the Ecological Society of America (ESA) and the Ecological Society of China (ESC), and aimed at raising the global profile of ecological research taking place in regions of rapid economic growth and industrialization.

Scheduled to launch in 2015, the soon-to-be-named journal will feature international collaborations, interdisciplinary research, and multi-scale projects. Lu and the two societies are refining the journal's niche and scope to showcase applications of ecological science in support of sustainable development in an era of extensive and accelerating human and environmental change.

“I am honored to take on this new role joining the efforts of the two societies,” said Lu, adding that he wishes to work together with scientific colleagues to promote international recognition for the journal. The new journal is designed to foster communication between ecologists in developed and developing countries, which is very much needed, he said.

The joint journal will be open access and digital-only, on the model of ESA's rapid-publication journal Ecosphere, which launched in 2010 and was recently indexed in Web of Science. It will be published in English. ESC will fund the journal in the near term, with author-processing charges expected to supplement expenses eventually.

Lu is in the process of recruiting editorial and advisory board members from underserved research communities in Asia (including India and Russia), Oceania, Latin America, and Africa, as well as China and the United States.

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“There is great science coming from regions of rapid development, but much of it is published in local journals that are not widely read or accessible. With so many ecological issues emerging around the world, we need more opportunities for quality research to be widely distributed,” said Katherine McCarter, Executive Director and Publisher of ESA.

Leaders of the two societies met at the 2007 Eco Summit in Beijing, and immediately shared enthusiasm for some type of collaboration. The Chinese group formally proposed a joint journal initiative to ESA in 2011.

A committee of ESA and ESC representatives selected Lu as Editor-in-Chief for his solid grounding in the ecological research communities of the two societies' home countries. Dr. Lu is currently the President of SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment), Science Advisor of IUCN, UNEP International Resource Panel member, and Vice President of ESC. He is also Chair and Research Professor, Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Management at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, for the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He sits on the editorial boards of several international and domestic peer-reviewed journals, and serves as Associate Editor of the SCOPE journal Environmental Development, published by Elsevier.

The Ecological Society of China (ESC) was established in 1980 and has ~8000 members, consisting of scientists and people with an interest in ecology. ESC is currently in charge of 18 academic committees, five working committees, and has 30 branches around China. Its headquarters are located in Beijing. The current President of ESC is Dr. Shirong Liu and the General Secretary is Dr. Liding Chen. In addition to publishing three journals in Chinese, two journals in English, and a bulletin, the ESC provides consultation services to government agencies to assist decision-making on ecological restoration, environmental protection, and ecosystem management.

Request for Student Award Judges

Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award

Judges are needed to evaluate candidates for the Murray F. Buell Award for the outstanding oral presentation by a student and the E. Lucy Braun Award for the outstanding poster presentation by a student at the Annual ESA Meeting at Sacramento, California in 2014. We need to provide each candidate with at least four judges competent in the specific subject of the presentation. Each judge is asked to evaluate 3–5 papers and/or posters. Current graduate students are not eligible to judge. This is a great way to become involved in an important ESA activity. We desperately need your help!

Please complete and send this form by mail or e-mail to the Ecological Society of America, Attn: Buell/Braun Awards, 1990 M Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036, e-mail:buellbraun@esa.org. If you have judged in the past several years, this information is on file. If you do not have to update your information, simply send an e-mail message, ″Yes, I can judge this year.″

Please refer to the PDF of this article for the application form.

Student Awards for Excellence in Ecology

Murray F. Buell Award and E. Lucy Braun Award

Murray F. Buell had a long and distinguished record of service and accomplishment in the Ecological Society of America. Among other things, he ascribed great importance to the participation of students in meetings and to excellence in the presentation of papers. To honor his selfless dedication to the younger generation of ecologists, the Murray F. Buell Award for Excellence in cology is given to a student for the outstanding oral paper presented at the ESA Annual Meeting.

E. Lucy Braun, an eminent plant ecologist and one of the charter members of the Society, studied and mapped the deciduous forest regions of eastern North America and described them in her classic book, The Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America. To honor her, the E. Lucy Braun Award for Excellence in Ecology is given to a student for the outstanding poster presentation at the ESA Annual Meeting.

A candidate for these awards must be an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a recent doctorate not more than 9 months past graduation at the time of the meeting. The paper or poster must be presented as part of the program sponsored by the Ecological Society of America, but the student need not be an ESA member. To be eligible for these awards the student must be the sole or senior author of the oral paper (Note: symposium talks are ineligible) or poster. Papers and posters will be judged on the significance of ideas, creativity, quality of methodology, validity of conclusions drawn from results, and clarity of presentation. While all students are encouraged to participate, winning papers and posters typically describe fully completed projects. The students selected for these awards will be announced in the ESA Bulletin following the Annual Meeting. A certificate, a check for $500, and up to $700 to be used for travel and/or lodging for the Annual Meeting will be presented to each recipient at the next ESA Annual Meeting.

If you wish to be considered for either of these awards at the 2014 Annual Meeting, you must send the following to the Chair of the Student Awards Subcommittee: (1) the application form on the back of this page, (2) a copy of your abstract, and (3) a 250-word or less description of why/how the research presented will advance the field of ecology. Because of the large number of applications for the Buell and Braun awards in recent years, applicants may be pre-screened prior to the meeting, based on the quality of the abstract and this description of the significance of their research. The application form, abstract, and research justification must be sent by e-mail (greatly preferred: buellbraun@esa.org) or mail to The Ecological Society of America, Attn: Buell/Braun Awards, 1990 M St, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036. The deadline for submission of form and abstract is 1 March 2014; applications sent after 1 March 2014 will not be considered. This submission is in addition to the regular abstract submission. Buell/ Braun participants who fail to notify the B/B Chair by 1 May of withdrawal from the meeting will be ineligible, barring exceptional circumstances, for consideration in the future. Electronic versions of the Application Form are available on the ESA web site, or you can send an e-mail to buellbraun@esa.org and request that an electronic version be sent to you as an attachment.

Please refer to the PDF of this article for the application form.

ESA's Second Decade: Roaring 20's and Dirty 30's

In ESA's first decade, its membership had increased from 284 charter members to ~500 members, of which 11% were women. During its second decade (1926–1935), membership peaked at 645 in the 1928 Directory (although subsequent addenda increased that number to >700 by 1933) and then declined to 546 in the 1934 Directory, despite a continuing campaign by ESA to recruit new members. The 1933 October ESA Bulletin implored its members “to help in securing competent interested ecologists to join the ranks of the society.” The membership decline was likely reflecting the economic depression. In 1935, the ESA executive noted that they knew some ecologists “not now holding appointments, as a result of the depression” and suggested that the Bulletin could function “as a partial exchange of information on positions for ecologists.” Interestingly, the percentage of female members declined from 11% at the end of the first decade to 8% by 1934. Was this an indication that female ecologists were disproportionately affected by the depression in terms of employment? The number of life members increased from 8 to 11 during this decade.

Besides loss of income from declining membership in the mid 1930's, ESA was also financially affected in 1932 by the failure of the Mechanics Bank of New Haven in which the ESA's funds were deposited. As a result, the Secretary-Treasurer (R. Kienholz) stated that “the Treasury is in need of money” and he would appreciate prompt payment of annual dues, which held steady at $4 throughout the second decade. In 1927, ESA appointed a Committee on Research Publication Facilities “to consider ways and means of increasing the facilities for the publication of longer contributions in the field of Ecology.” The following year this committee held a conference in Nashville which recommended a new class of membership, “Sustaining Members,” who would pay annual dues of $10, the additional $6 to be utilized for publication of longer ecological studies “from time to time.” Life members could also choose to become Sustaining Life members with an additional one-time payment of $100. Three years later, in 1931, ESA had 107 Sustaining Members and Ecological Monographs began publication. At this time, the Editors-in-Chief of both Ecology and Ecological Monographs were “elected by the Society at the same time and in the same manner as the other officers for a term of three years,” in contrast to the current practice of being appointed by the Governing Board. By 1935, ESA had Business Managers for both Ecology and Ecological Monographs.

In 1935, in an effort to save on postage, ESA started notifying members of dues payable by including notice slips in the October Bulletin, rather than sending out invoices by first-class mail. Although this practice was generally well received by the membership, apparently two members wrote that they did not read the Bulletin and wanted their invoices to be sent by first-class mail. Ever accommodating to its membership, the Secretary-Treasurer (A.G. Vestal) responded that he would do so “for those members and for any others who so request.”

ESA continued to hold regional meetings with various divisions of AAAS in the spring or summer as well as the annual meeting with AAAS in December. The announcement and call for abstracts for the annual meeting would appear in the October issue of the Bulletin. The meeting information appeared to indicate no inflation in hotel rates through the second decade, with rooms in the headquarters hotels available at $1.50–$4.00 (single) and $2.50–$6.00 (double); rates were dependent on the specific hotels chosen, with the lowest rates in Pittsburgh (1934) and St. Louis (1935), and the highest rates in Cleveland (1930) and New Orleans (1931). The 1933 annual meeting in Chicago for the first time mentioned use of university dorms in their housing options ($2/day at the University of Chicago). An all-day field trip to the Indiana Dunes and Warren Forest cost $2.50, which included transportation by electric train and bus, and a box lunch. Most people still traveled to the annual meetings by train, but the 1935 meeting announcement for the first time mentioned parking facilities for those traveling by car. The annual meetings required only one meeting room for scientific sessions (i.e., no concurrent sessions), and the contributed oral presentations continued to vary in duration from 2 to 20 minutes +, although the suggested time limit was 15 minutes. There were usually four contributed sessions plus one symposium, which was typically organized by the President. The number of presentations per session varied from 4 to 15, with an average of 9. The session titles were still very general, such as “Papers on Animal Ecology and Field Zoology,” “Papers on Plant Ecology and Geographic Botany, and catch-all sessions titled “Session for the Reading of Papers of General Interest,” or “Papers on General and Miscellaneous Ecological Subjects.” Many talks provided descriptions of communities and ecosystems such as “A report of the Mollusca of the northeastern Wisconsin Lake District,” or “A study of the vertical distributions of Euglena seral communities of muddy sea bottoms.” Also, during these early years, new technologies such as airplane photography, an improved evaporimeter, a portable thermoelectric apparatus for measuring radiation intensities in the field, etc. were becoming available, and a number of talks each year discussed their uses in ecological studies. In 1928, the call for abstracts suggested that “[m]any papers may be presented informally by the authors in the form of a demonstration or exhibit, or charts or other materials accompanying a formally presented paper may be left on exhibition so that they may be examined at leisure”; this was an apparent push for more poster-type presentations (at that time called “Exhibits”) that were introduced at the 1923 meeting.

The drought and “dust bowl” years of the 1930's were reflected in some of the ESA meeting programs, particularly in 1935. A regional meeting that year with BSA and the Southwestern Division of AAAS in Santa Fe included a symposium on “The Ecological Aspects of the Emergency Operations of the Government,” in which a talk by W. H. Bell titled “Government emergency activities in relation to soil erosion” discussed the Rehabilitation Act, Taylor Grazing Act, check-damming experiments of the Forest and Soil Erosion Services, and ecological studies of the Soil Erosion Service. A symposium at the June regional meeting with the Pacific Division of AAAS in Los Angeles was titled “Chaparral in Relation to Soil Erosion and Fire Control,” while the December annual meeting in St. Louis had a symposium titled “Ecological Aspects of Some Recent Governmental Activities,” in which presenters discussed the shelterbelt project, reforestation of submarginal lands, and land use problems faced by the Resettlement Administration.

At the end of the second decade, ESA had five active committees, on: Ecological Nomemclature, the Study of Plant and Animal Communities, the Preservation of Natural Conditions for the United States, the Preservation of Natural Conditions for Canada, and Policy for Preservation and Study Activities. These committees obviously reflected the interests of ESA members in the 1930s.

Kiyoko Miyanishi

Second Life Discovery—Doing Science Education Conference

The Ecological Society of America and partners welcome proposals for the Second Life Discovery—Doing Science Education Conference to be held at San José State University, San Jose, California, 3–4 October 2014. Proposals are accepted for hands-on workshops (due 15 January 2014), short presentations (due 15 February 2014), and Education Share Fair round tables (due 14 March 2014) around the theme: “Realizing Vision and Change, Preparing for Next Generation Biology.” The theme focuses on innovative approaches to instruction and assessment that are suitable, scalable, and adaptable to secondary and post-secondary levels of education, aligning with the objectives of both the K–12 Next Generation Science Standards and the Vision and Change for Undergraduate Biology Education. All high school teachers, biology faculty, curriculum developers, and all interested in next generation Biology are encouraged to attend. This conference is a project of ESA, the Botanical Society of America, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society for Economic Botany.

For more information, please visit www.esa.org/ldc Contact ldc@esa.org with questions about the event.