Friday, May 16, 2008

Website of the Week: Ecological Society of America

Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Photo credit: Kip Evans, NOAA/Department of Commerce

This week’s website is the Ecological Society of America.

The ESA, founded in 1915, is a well-respected professional organization in the ecology community. I had the good fortune to meet the current president of the ESA, Dr. Norm Christensen, when I was in graduate school. Norm is an amazing person. Most ecologists have a tendency, I think, to be pessimistic about the future. Not Norm. He embodies the “win-win” philosophy that I believe is so crucial to solving our world’s environmental problems.

For more about a career as an ecologist, check out the ESA’s flyer for high school students interested in ecological careers. If you need to write a report on topic like acid rain, coral reefs, or biodiversity, visit the ESA’s Fact Sheets. And if you’re thinking about an advanced degree, read Walter P. Carson’s advice for “…How to Apply to and Get Admitted to Graduate School in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.”

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