The Ecological Society of America, or ESA, is holding its annual meeting from Sunday to Friday. The meeting theme is
Enhancing Ecological Thought by Linking Research and Education
Modern biology has become highly interdisciplinary, with new insights arising from consideration of connections within and between biotic systems at multiple scales. Ecologists regularly consider processes from the genomic level to those at planetary scales in order to elucidate interactions within natural systems. The educational challenges arising from the diverse scales and disciplines impinging on ecology provide a theme for this meeting. These challenges vary from those focused on public understanding of complex issues such as global-change, to one-on-one mentoring of students who may feel overwhelmed by the volume of material in even sub-fields of ecology.
How do we transmit our enhanced understanding while acknowledging the inherent complexities of the biota and associated limitations on our ability to provide precise predictions?…