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ESA SEEDS Fall Newsletter

ESA SEEDS Fall Newsletter    September 2015

Greetings SEEDS Family

Another academic year has kicked off! Fall is an exciting time of year for the SEEDS program - we are hosting a webinar about a really cool project which one of our SEEDS alumna was part of, a National Field Trip in October and a Regional Field Trip in November... and stay tuned for 2016! In this issue of the SEEDS Newsletter we will recap our adventures in Baltimore, MD during the100th ESA Annual Meeting, celebrate our upcoming National Field Trips and applications have opened for the 2015-16 SEEDS Chapter Grants.

SEEDS is hosting a Webinar!
Humans are more than mere drivers of ecosystem change. It is becoming more important than ever to integrate human dimensions into ecological research for holistic environmental management and sustainability. Presented in this webinar is an approach to socio-ecological research using a case study on invasive North American beavers in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina through the Eco-Link project. Learn about graduate and postgraduate international opportunities in this emerging area of research. This webinar is intended for undergraduate and graduate students. Space is limited. Priority registration will be given to students.
Date & Time: Thursday, October 15; 5:00-6:30 PM (EST)
Please register by October 7, 2015.
If you are interested in hosting this event as a SEEDS Chapter activity, please email Fred Abbott (fred@esa.org) for more information and instructions.

SEEDS Chapter Grants 2015-16!
The SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter program will offer SEEDS Chapter Grants of up to $1,000 for projects taking place in 2015-2016 with funding from donations by ESA Members and from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  Limited grant funds are available to support Chapter activities and projects which further the mission of SEEDS – to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest and leadership of underrepresented students in ecology.
This funding is intended to support innovative Chapter projects that promote ecology to underrepresented students and communities through local conservation, research or education outreach activities. Projects that include research and education on Pollinators and Biodiversity conservation will have priority funding. This theme was the focus of the 2015 Leadership Meeting and we have a Pollinator Resource Toolkit including outreach activity ideas developed by our very own SEEDS leaders.
Apply by November 1, 2015

100th ESA Annual Meeting – Baltimore, MD!
The SEEDS program hosted its biggest group ever during the 100th ESA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD!  This year, we partnered with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) Collaborative to bring 53 undergraduate students and 10 SEEDS alumni from all over the United States to attend this historic event. From the group, 32 undergraduate students presented research posters and eight SEEDS alumni delivered oral presentations. We thank all of the 53 ESA members who served as SEEDS Meeting Mentors!

SEEDS Research Fellowship Awards
TThe SEEDS program hosted its annual awards ceremony during the Diversity Luncheon.    Awards went to 2013-2014 Dianne Quiroz and 2014-2015 SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellows and who presented their projects at the centennial meeting: Daniel Metz, Julissa Hunte and Carla Lopez.   We thank our ESA members whose contributions supported the 2014-2015 fellows and to the National Science Foundation which supported Dianne.
2015 Chapter of the Year - FIU GLADES!
The 2015 SEEDS Chapter of the Year was Florida International University – GLADES Chapter for their outstanding outreach activities and student engagement. ESA’s President, David Inouye; VP of Education and Human Resources, Julie Reynolds;  Executive Director, Katherine McCarter and Director of Education and Diversity Programs, Teresa Mourad congratulated our awardees.  During the celebrations, we also hosted our SEEDS Diversity Career Fair for our students - to see a list of these and other opportunities, please visit our Student Opportunity page.
Follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep up with the applications dates for the 2016 ESA Annual Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

SEEDS National Field Trips!
  • HJ Andrews Experimental Forest - Blur River, Oregon. October 1 – 4, 2015.
    Managed by Oregon State University, H.J. Andrews is a 16,000-acre ecological research site in Oregon's beautiful western Cascades Mountains. The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of Cedar and Hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas Firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams. 16 undergraduates from 15 institutions from across the country have been selected to participate on this unique adventure through the Pacific Northwest!  Stay tuned for pictures in the next issue of the SEEDS Newsletter!
  • Mark Twain National Forest - Rolla, Missouri. May 19-22, 2016.
    Managed by the USDA Forest Service, Mark Twain National Forest encompasses a large and varied landscape throughout most of the Ozarks of Missouri, and even a small part of the prairie region in the center of the State. Although the Mark Twain National Forest is known for its extensive stands of shortleaf pine, oaks and hickories, this landscape is also home to a wide variety of other ecosystems that host over 650 native wildlife species.  Applications will open in December! 

In this Issue:

SEEDS Webinar!

2015-16 SEEDS Chapter Grants

100th ESA Annual Meeting - the largest SEEDS group ever!

Upcoming National Field Trips!

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