January 2019
An earlier version of this message included a link to renew membership. ESA apologizes for any confusion.

Dear ESA member,

Thank you again for renewing with us for 2019. We hope that you'll continue to find value in ESA membership and be a big part of the future of our Society. In this issue of  Member Connection , you'll find:

Read on!
Membership Update
Governing Board: Call for Nominations

The volunteer leadership of ESA has an important role to play in building continuity of governance while shaping the Society's future. In this EcoTone post, Past President Rich Pouyat covers the goals of the Governing Board and Board of Professional Certification in the context of Extending the Tent, and opens nominations for this slate of positions, to be elected this year and seated in 2020. Read more and submit your nominations!
Become a Certified Ecologist

ESA is proud to provide certification to ecologists. Applications are open for the 2019 cycle and will be accepted online through February 1, 2019 .

You can learn more about the program and process. The certified Senior Ecologists in every field will also share their view on the value of the certification during our informational webinar on January 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET .

You can visit the certification page and download the  ESA Certification Checklist  to start the online application process under the Apply tab . Applications started by the deadline can be updated and edited after the fact.
A New Ecology Education Framework from ESA

ESA’s Governing Board endorsed the Four Dimensional Framework for Ecology Education (4DEE) at its fall 2018 meeting, an exciting milestone in the Society’s work in fostering excellence and innovation in ecology teaching.

Join us for a webinar on January 24 at 2:00 p.m. ET for an overview of the Framework and the opportunities and challenges for its implementation, highlight examples of its application and map out an agenda for research and assessment, plus a brief summary of what is next for ensuring the continued evolution and application of the 4DEE Framework and a discussion of how you can get involved in future ESA activities on the 4DEE.
A Letter from the President

During her tenure as ESA president, Dr. Laura Huenneke is writing a monthly column on the EcoTone blog . This month's topic covers the changing publishing landscape. Read more!
2019 Katherine S. McCarter 
Graduate Student Policy Award

Calling all graduate students! ESA is accepting applications for the 2019 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award. Students receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for policy training and to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Participants will represent ESA and engage first-hand at the interface of science and public policy. The event occurs March 25-27, 2019. Applications are due January 13. For information on how to apply,  click here .
ESA Voices Concern about EPA's Effort to Weaken the Clean Water Rule

ESA released a statement urging the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the far-reaching implications of weakening the 2015 Clean Water Rule (Waters of the United States Rule or WOTUS) and calling for any re-definition of WOTUS to be informed by science. See the full statement here.
ESA & USSEE 2019 Joint Meeting: Call for Abstracts

The calls for contributed abstracts ( talks and posters ) are now open. All abstracts are due Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern time (2:00 P.M. Pacific time) .

You can download a  meeting flyer  to remind your colleagues about the upcoming deadline.

Are you planning a social event (mixer, reception, business meeting) at the Annual Meeting in Louisville? Please note that the form to request social events will be available soon. Be sure to submit your event request by Thursday, March 14 at 5:00 P.M. ET . Space may be limited.
5th Life Discovery -- Doing Science Biology Education Conference (LDC)

To increase the diversity of participants and institutions, funds are available to support educator travel and conference registration to the 2019 LDC. Travel Awards for High School and College Faculty application deadline is by January 31, 2019 .

IPBES Call for Nominations of Early Career Fellows

ESA is assisting the Inter-Governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services on soliciting nominations of early career fellows for their upcoming Assessment of Invasive Alien Species. Fellows will attend meetings and workshops, receive training, and be paired with a mentor for the assessment period.

The deadline to apply to ESA is January 25, 2019 . Learn more .  
Let's Get Social
Science and Visual: Be Part of ESA's Growth on Instagram

We are revamping our Instagram! Check us out at @ecologicalsociety as we add new and stunning content relating to our members’ research and society news.

Want to submit a field photo to us? We are accepting submissions for amazing ecological photos! Visit our home page for a link to the submission guide, or find it here .
From the Journals
Cover of the December 2018 issue of the Ecology journal
The Essential Role of Reviewers

The role of reviewers is essential for the ESA to publish its world-class scientific journals. In the December 2018 issue of Ecology , we recognize the 3,000+ individuals who have reviewed for Ecology, Ecological Applications, Ecological Monographs and Ecosphere in the past year. Their thoughtful critiques are at the heart of the journals’ mission to promote ecological science and to raise public awareness of ecological issues – for which our editors and authors are exceedingly grateful. 
Sync Your Journal Account with Ours

ESA and Wiley are now using a single sign-on to make it easier for ESA members to access journal articles. This requires a one-time login at the Wiley site. Visit ESA Journals and click the link at top right to log in, and select the ESA option. If it's your first time, just follow the prompts to be able to log in at the journals site with your ESA account.
Questions, comments, and feedback are welcome. Contact  Membership .