Ecological Society of America's (ESA) 96th Annual Meeting

Event Date: 
August 7, 2011 to August 12, 2011

The meeting, which has the theme "Earth Stewardship: Preserving and enhancing the earth's life-support systems," is expected to draw more than 3,500 scientists, policy makers, educators and concerned citizens to share emerging research and explore strategies to enhance community-based approaches to global responsibility.

Registration information may be found on the website, but interested press should contact Katie Kline, 202-833-8773 x211, to register.

Moderated by Laura Huenneke, Vice President for Public Affairs at the Ecological Society of America, the meeting's Opening Plenary Panel will feature a discussion of the religious and moral, psychological and management aspects of nurturing stewardship of the planet. The panelists include Matthew Anderson Stembridge, executive director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, Susan Clayton, environmental psychologist at The College of Wooster, and Richard Morgan, manager of Austin Energy Green Building. Stephen Pacala, ESA MacArthur Lecturer and director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, will be the Keynote Speaker. The scientific program features 24 symposia, 38 workshops, 22 field trips, and a host of organized and contributed oral sessions and poster sessions on the following topics:

  • Ecology and Human Rights: Defining the Relationship, Identifying the Opportunities

  • Introducing ESA's Guidebook on Effective Communication and Policy Engagement

  • Earth Stewardship in Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities

  • The Greening of Higher Education

  • Photography for Ecologists

  • Fostering Diversity and Inclusiveness in Ecology

  • Shaping the future: how students can set a precedent for Planetary Stewardship

Field trip highlights include:

  • Canoe Trip: Ecology and Restoration of the Upper San Marcos River

  • Urban Bioblitz: Ecologists Contributing to and Learning from a Progressive Austin Community Restoration Effort

  • Big Bend National Park - Chihuahuan Desert Diversity

  • Ecology and Conservation of the Endangered Barton Springs Salamander and Swimming at Barton Springs Pool

  • Hornsby Bend - Ecology of an Urban Wasteland


Event Details
Contact Name: 
Katie Kline
Contact Email:
The Ecological Society Of America (ESA)
Austin Convention Center
500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 
202-833-8773 x211
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