Greetings Students,

This blog consists of monthly entries from your Student Section liaisons describing exciting news and opportunities about ESA sections and committees and how to get more out of ESA. Here is April’s Section Connection Blog from Drew Scott of ESA’s Soil Ecology Section. 

The Future of Ecology: Animating the Past

With funding from the Ecological Society of America's Centennial Grant we [Student Section], in collaboration with Ecomotion Studios, have produced four short, engaging, animated videos of classical ecology papers of the last 100 years based on the Foundations of Ecology book to facilitate continued communication of these critical vessels in the overwhelming sea of journal articles.

The microbial Ecology section: A microbiome of cool.

The microbial Ecology section: A microbiome of cool.

By Mario Muscarella 

Indiana University

The Microbial Ecology Section is a relatively new, yet highly energetic, ESA section. Brendan Bohannan started the section in 2007 with the goal of providing a home for ESA’s microbial ecologists. Since the formation of our section, we have seen continuous growth in section membership and the number of microbe-oriented sessions at the Annual Meeting. 

Aquatic Ecology Section: An ocean of opportunity for students

Aquatic Ecology Section: An ocean of opportunity for students

By Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman, Aquatic Ecology Section Liaison

Water covers most of the Earth’s surface, so it makes sense that the Aquatic Ecology Section would encompass a lot of ESA members. United in the study of freshwater and marine ecology, there are over 800 members this largest and oldest section of ESA*. The goals of the section are to promote and coordinate aquatic ecology research and its dissemination to broader audiences. With such a breadth, it can be tough to pinpoint what the Aquatic Ecology section is all about. For me, the section is shaped by the mission of giving members opportunities to meet other ecologists working in aquatic systems, to apply for student awards, and to share research at the annual meeting and beyond.  In this post, I want to highlight some opportunities for students to engage with the section.