Reflections on ESA 2019: Communication, Connection, & Community

The Ecological Society of America is a large professional organization of ecologists. Like other professional organizations of its kind, it can help members find each other, publish their work, and share it with the broader world. ESA is a handy acronym that can be used for the organization itself, or for its annual meeting, around which much of its activity orbits. I attended this meeting—ESA 2019—in Louisville, Kentucky, last week.

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Nature's teachings

Integration is a key component of my current state of learning—now that I have a PhD, how can I integrate my education and ecological understanding into something both more applied and more wholistic?  In other words, besides my ongoing fieldwork and academic research, what else is ecology good for, and how can it assist my contribution to, and citizenry in, the greater global community? 

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