This year’s meeting of the nation’s largest group of professional ecological scientists will focus on the theme,Ecological Knowledge and a Global Sustainable Society, and offer ways to provide effective sustainable solutions to meet worldwide needs.To help clear a greener path for society, more than 30 NAU scientists will present their recent sustainability research during the Ecological Society of America annual meeting in Albuquerque Aug. 3 through 7.
Laura Huenneke, NAU’s vice president for Research and a member of the society’s public affairs committee, will present, “The Importance of Communicating Uncertainty.”
“Our topics connect ecological science to urgent policy decisions and actions taking place now,” Huenneke said. “While the economic recession causes some people to set aside environmental concerns as somehow less urgent, the Obama administration is clearly joining the governments of Europe and other regions in keeping environmental sustainability in the forefront of our response to current challenges.”
More than 200 sessions during the week will include speakers from the university, institutions and agencies to discuss the rapid loss of habitats, biological diversity, threats to freshwater resources, concerns over climate impacts and the increasing recognition that healthy human societies rely on healthy ecosystems.
“Ecology and environmental science are the university’s strongest and broadest areas of research excellence,” said Huenneke, a member of the ecological society since 1977.
She said the meeting is a great way to connect with other ecologists, those working in government, non-profit groups or in academia, and that “faculty, staff and students routinely publish their work in the selective and high-visibility journals published by the society.”
For a complete list of NAU-led sessions and titles, click here.