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Training future scientists at the Ecological Society of America's 93rd Annual Meeting
Date:7/22/2008

In a world in which some of the most pressing international issuessuch as renewable energy and climate changeare steeped in ecology, it is more pressing than ever that an informed public be capable of understanding and making decisions based on ecological science. The Ecological Society of America (ESA)'s 93rd Annual Meeting, held Aug. 3-8 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will emphasize the importance of using a broad range of tools to educate future generations about ecology.

In keeping with the meeting's theme, "Enhancing Ecological Thought by Linking Research and Education," several sessions will address how to apply research activities to teaching methods in K-12, college and graduate school classrooms.

On Wednesday, August 6, a symposium titled "Ecological Literacy for All" will recommend avenues for communicating basic ecological principles and critical thinking skills. Diane Ebert-May, a plant biologist at Michigan State University, will give a plenary talk that will outline current important research topics in ecology. Ebert-May is an editor of the book "Pathways to Scientific Teaching," a collection of teaching articles originally published as a series in ESA's journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. A hands-on workshop presented by Russell Cuhel, a microbiologist (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Great Lakes Wisconsin Aquatic Technology and Environmental Research Institute), will present lessons that cover ecological data collection, analysis, development of conclusions and writing up results.

The Society's educational program, Strategies for Ecology Education, Development and Sustainability (SEEDS), offers undergraduate research fellowships for students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the ecological sciences. Under the guidance of an established ecologist, students write a research proposal and budget, conduct research in the field or laboratory, analyze their results, write a scientific paper and presen
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Contact: Christine Buckley
christine@esa.org
202-833-8773
Ecological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

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