Why section connections?

  • To inform students about other sections and news/events from the other sections
  • To show our value and commitment to ESA by serving as a portal to other sections given that we house the earliest ecologist life stage

Below is a list of the section liaisons that report back to the student section with important information relevant to students. Feel free to contact the student liaisons for more information.

Not all sections or chapters have student liasons, but if you are interested in becoming a section liaison send us an email!

Latin American Chapter

Cristy Portalls

Porta020 [at] umn.com

The objective of this Chapter shall be to encourage education and research, to sponsor meetings for the communication of ecological education and research activities, to provide scientific information to those interested in the ecology of Latin America and to facilitate access to the Society for graduate students with interest in Latin America. The Latin American Chapter is a subdivision of the Ecological Society of America.

Southwest Chapter

Kelly Kerr

kelly.kerr [at] utah.edu

The chapter has a two-fold vision: To promote, develop and coordinate regional-to continental-scale research and education activities, and to promote ESA’s relevancy to existing and emerging ecological issues in the Southwest, including Mexico.

Applied Ecology Section

Nick Lyon

Email: njlyon [at] iastate.edu

The Applied Ecology Section seeks to encourage research and the sponsorship of meetings to facilitate communication of results in all phases of the application of ecological principles to the solution of practical environmental problems associated with providing for the needs and requirements of our increasing human population. The Section specifically encourages active and sustained relationships with and among those specialists in public policy, public administration, law, engineering, education, urban and regional planning, public health, political science, agriculture, and natural resources who use ecological principles in the resolution of their problems.Each year the Section awards travel money to students who are traveling to the ESA Annual Meeting to make presentations in applied ecology.

Aquatic Ecology Section

Jessica Chappell

Email: jchapp [at] uga.edu

The purpose of the Aquatic Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of America is to advance, coordinate, and assist research and dissemination of theoretical and applied knowledge in all branches of aquatic ecology and to act as a liaison agency between investigators, societies, or any groups interested in this discipline and other scientific fields. The Section offers student travel awards to offset the expenses of students who are attending the ESA Annual Meeting to present a talk, paper or poster.

Ecological Restoration Section

Julea Shaw

jashaw [at] ucdavis.edu

Promotes theoretical and applied research, teaching, communication, grant development, and collaboration on ecological restoration.

Education Section

Dan Clark

Email: amasoren-at-rutgers.edu

The Education Sections is an opportunity for ESA members to connect with educators and individuals interested in education and science communication at all levels (K-12, higher education, informal education). This group hosts a number of different sessions at ESA for those interested in sharing research and work in ecology education. 

Environmental Justice Section

Mila K. Marshall

milakmarshall [at] gmail.com

The Environmental Justice (EJ) Section of ESA promotes the engagement of ecologists in addressing environmental injustice issues through education, research and outreach.

Invasion Ecology Section

Hailee Pavisich

hailee.leimbachmaus [at] gmail.com

Promotes research, teaching, communication, and collaboration on the ecology of biological invasions.

Paleoecology Section

Joseph Napier

jnapier2 [at] illinois.edu

The Paleoecology Section strives to promote, coordinate, and otherwise assist research in all branches of theoretical and applied ecology that use paleoecological methods or historical documentary sources to gain insight into long-term ecosystem dynamics; and to help disseminate the knowledge gained through this research to investigators in other scientific disciplines, to other learned societies, and to the general public.

Physiological Ecology Section

Shan Kothari

kotha020 [at] umn.edu

The Physiological Ecology Section is one of the largest sections in the Ecological Society of America. Its primary purpose is to promote research, teaching, and communication in physiological ecology of both animals and plants. The section sponsors symposia at the annual ESA meetings, holds meetings of its members, and facilitate communication through mailings and the electronic newsgroup bionet.ecology.physiology. Contributing to career development of new people in the field is also a goal. The section is establishing links with physiological ecologists of the British Ecology Society and the Geselschaft fur Okologie (the ecology society of German speaking countries).

Plant Population Section

Andrew Kaul

adkaul [at] iastate.edu

The Plant Population Ecology Section encourages research and communication in plant population ecology and related fields. Activities include programs at the Annual Meeting, and travel awards to encourage student participation in ESA funded through the Section’s hallmark Silent Auction of member handicrafts and other donated items. Further information on these and other Section activities, including applications for the travel awards, can be found on the section website: http://esa.org/plantpopulation/.

PPE Section Twitter: @plantpopeco_esa

PPE Section Facebook: www.facebook.com/plantpopecol

Policy Section

Charlotte Levy

crl222 [at] cornell.edu

The objectives of the Policy Section are to (1) foster interaction among ecologists that have worked or currently work in public policy positions, or have the desire to communicate with those members that do have public policy experience; (2) form a database of members that have policy experience that can be utilized by the Governing Board, ESA Sections and Chapters, Public Affairs, Science, and Education Offices, and standing ESA committees; (3) facilitate collaborative links among members through symposia, organized oral sessions, special sessions, and social events in Washington DC and regionally; and (4) work with the PAO to facilitate the participation of students in training exercises and one-on-one interactions with policy makers.

Science Communication Section

Emily Whalen

edw1002 [at] wildcats.unh.edu

The Science Communication (SciComm) Section aims to empower ecologists to better communicate the stories of our science (including stories about the people doing the science) in creative, compelling and innovative ways. The SciComm Section organizes special sessions, workshops, and other events at the ESA annual meetings; collaborates with other Sections to provide integrative opportunities for our membership; and provides curated and original resources for anyone interested in improving their SciComm skills. Sci Comm Section website:


Statistical Ecology Section

Collin Edwards

cbe36 [at] cornell.edu

The Statistical Ecology Section seeks to encourage research in statistical theory and methodology applied to ecological problems; to sponsor forums for presentation of advance in statistical ecology; and to facilitate communication between the disciplines of statistics and ecology so as to enhance statistical design and analysis in ecological research.

Urban Ecosystems Section

Arjun Virdy

rjunviray [at] gmail.com

The objectives of this Section shall be to promote an understanding of the importance of urban ecosystems among ecologists, and members of related disciplines, to encourage education and research in urban ecosystem ecology, to sponsor meetings and publications for the communication of research and educational activities in urban ecosystem ecology, and to increase student participation in the Society. The Urban Ecosystem Ecology Section shall be a sub-division of the Ecological Society of America and shall be governed in all of its operations by the Constitution and By-Laws of that Society. Renewal of this purpose shall be conducted by a vote of the members of the Section every five years.