IPBES: Participate in global assessments on invasive species and sustainable use of biodiversity remotely

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of ESA-IPBES [ipbes@ESA.ORG] Sent: Friday, 21 August 2015 2:06 AM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] IPBES: Participate in global assessments on invasive species and sustainable use of biodiversity remotely

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is a global program intended to strengthen the role of science in decision-making related to the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

IPBES has an exciting opportunity for experts to participate in the assessment scoping process online. IPBES is holding an online conference to scope the following two assessments:

* (a) the thematic of assessment invasive alien species and their control
* (b) the thematic assessment of sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity and strengthening capacities and tools

The e-conference will take place in three sessions over three weeks from September 7-25th, 2015.

It will be implemented as an internet forum/discussion board. Experts will discuss various elements relevant to the scoping reports by posting, reading, and replying on structured discussion boards. At the end of each week, a synthesis report will be prepared based on comments and discussions held during the week. The next week’s discussions will build on the discussions of the previous week. By the end of the third week, the intention is to have a draft that will resemble as much as possible the structure of the final scoping reports.

Register to participate here!

For more information, visit: http://esa.org/ipbes/econference/

Posting about a publication

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Sue Nichols [suenic@ICLOUD.COM]
Sent: Saturday, 22 August 2015 3:35 AM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Posting about a publication

The benefits people reap from nature – or the harm they can suffer from natural disasters – can seem as obvious as an earthquake. Yet in order to use science to manage human–nature interactions, we need much more nuanced, and when possible, quantitative, analyses of the interplay among ecosystem services, human well-being, and drivers of both ecosystem structure and function, as well as human well-being.

A publication in the Ecosystem Health and Sustainability journal explores advancing new modeling technology to quantify human dependence on nature, human well-being, and relationships between the two. The methods outlined in the paper can be applied across the globe, using either new data from surveys or existing sources such as statistical yearbooks and censuses. The new approach uses this information to measure multiple dimensions of human well-being such as basic material, security, health, social relationships, and freedom of choice and action. “An integrated approach to understand the linkages between ecosystem services and human well-being” can be found at http://www.esajournals.org/doi/full/10.1890/EHS15-0001.1

It would be interesting to know how others might find this useful.

Sue Nichols
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University

OS2016 session – Exploring the Spatial and Temporal Scales of Marine Animal Response to Global Change

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Leocadio Blanco Bercial [leocadio_blanco@HOTMAIL.COM]
Sent: Wednesday, 5 August 2015 12:14 AM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] OS2016 session – Exploring the Spatial and Temporal Scales of Marine Animal Response to Global Change

Hello colleagues,

We would like to introduce a session for the next 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, on 21-26 February.

Exploring the Spatial and Temporal Scales of Marine Animal Response to Global Change

Session ID: 9500

Session Topic: Marine Ecosystems

http s://agu.confex.com/agu/os16/preliminaryview.cgi/Session9500

As anthropogenic influences on marine environments increase, there is considerable scientific and practical interest in understanding how animals will respond. There is increasing awareness, however, that understanding how species will fare requires explorations of the interface between the response of individual organisms to the suite of co-occurring stressors and larger scale variability in exposure and sensitivity. There are strong temporal factors, such as adaptation and seasonality which interact with spatial components, such as connectivity and inter-population variation in environment and sensitivity, that will influence the capacity of a species as a whole to cope with environmental changes. New approaches, including studies of seasonality, application of time-series datasets, comparative analyses across broad spatial scales, integration of circulation patterns, observations of the influence of migration and dispersal on adaptation responses, and multi-generational experiments will pave the way for this more nuanced understanding of species response. Innovative multidisciplinary approaches require opportunities for researchers approaching these larger scale problems to interact, cross-fertilizing ideas. This session thus aims to bring together studies applying a number of disciplines to characterize the influence of temporal and spatial variation on the genetics, ecology and physiology of marine animals, particularly in the context of changing physical and chemical landscapes.

Chairs: Leocadio Blanco-Bercial (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences), Hannes Baumann (University of Connecticut), Melissa H. Pespeni (University of Vermont) and Amy E. Maas (Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences).

The abstract submission site is now open. All animals, no matter the size, are welcome!

We hope to see you there!

CASSE strategy discussion at ESA conference

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy [info@STEADYSTATE.ORG]
Sent: Saturday, 8 August 2015 1:54 AM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] CASSE strategy discussion at ESA conference

As you probably know, the ESA will be holding its 100th Annual Meeting in Baltimore next week. Of course, the entire conference should be worthwhile, but a symposium on Thursday afternoon (1:30-5:00 on 8/13) will be particularly relevant to a steady state economy: Ecological Economics and Planetary Stewardship: Making Up for Lost Time.

Brian Czech will be giving one of the talks for this symposium: Population dynamics in neoclassical vs. ecological economics (2:30 to 3:00). Following his talk, we’d like to invite you to meet Brian, as well as Rentz Hilyer, CASSE’s Projects Director; and following the symposium to attend a CASSE mini-social and strategy discussion. We’ll meet in Room 308 at 5 pm.

Hope to see some of you there!

Call for Abstracts

From: Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news [ECOLOG-L@LISTSERV.UMD.EDU] on behalf of Fowler, Cynthia T. [FowlerCT@WOFFORD.EDU]
Sent: Saturday, 8 August 2015 1:25 PM
Subject: [ECOLOG-L] Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

We (Chelsey Armstrong and Cynthia Fowler) seek proposals to participate in the “Looking Backward and Moving Forward: Applying Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Traditional Resource and Environmental Management” session at the SfAA 2016 meeting. The abstract for our session appears below. If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of 100 words or less to Cissy Fowler by September 7, 2015.


In “Looking Backward and Moving Forward” participants will consider the roles of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and traditional resource management (TREM) as practical frameworks for contemporary sustainable resource use and Indigenous wellbeing. Participants will recommend ways that resource managers can optimize community wellbeing based on the results of research about contemporary and ancient TREM. Participants will integrate ethnographic and ethnobiological information with archaeological and paleoecological signatures, and construct valuable data sets that facilitate applied research in the face of accelerated environmental change. Participants in this session aim for better understanding of the processes and pathways through which management systems endure or desist. Living communities provide direct and empirical evidence of TREM while the archaeological record provides information about the evolution and adaptation of TREM. When participants look to the past and at the present, what can we suggest about how to manage our resources as we move forward into the un/predictable future? We will discuss cases where TEK and TREM are celebrated as well as where they are appropriated, and comment on the pros and cons, successes and failures of TEK and TREM. Where TREM is localized, ethical and sustainable, and also where it is not, the results from integrated ethnographic and ethnobiological, and archaeological and paleoecological research provide valuable lessons for today’s resource managers. Deep time profiles of resource management coupled with contemporary ethnobiological portraits provide a framework for producing rich understandings of TEK and TREM systems and processes.


Cynthia Fowler

Associate Professor, Wofford College

President Elect, Society of Ethnobiology

Environmental Social Scientist, Filling a Critical Gap

429 North Church Street

Spartanburg, SC 29303