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The science of  ecology cannot be advanced without improving our understanding of human-environment interactions

The Society for Human Ecology was instrumental in helping to create a Human Ecology Section within the Ecological Society of America (ESA). While that section develops, the SHE website will host information for ESA Human Ecology section members.

ESA 2016 is at Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The conference theme is Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene. Conference details are here.

The Human Ecology Section symposium has been accepted. The title is Human Ecology, Human Economy: towards good governance of the Anthropocene. Details are here.

ESA Diversity Statement

The Ecological Society of America is dedicated to the science and study of ecology. The society welcomes and encourages participation by all individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a society built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all. Ecologists believe in the need for interdisciplinary study, both in terms of disciplines and participants.  We believe in biodiversity both in terms of ecosystems and membership. We will vigorously and proactively reject prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in our profession. ESA further promotes diversity in all areas of activity, including fostering diversity in membership, leadership, committees, staff, outreach, public engagement, recruitment, and all other areas of societal activity.

ESA Code of Ethics

Ecologists will not discriminate against others in the course of their work on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, race, color, national origin, age, economic status, disability, or organizational affiliation.


Summary of Section Activities @ ESA Fort Lauderdale, 2016

Download this flyer (and please circulate)

SYMP 5 – Human Ecology, Human Economy: Towards Good Governance of the Anthropocene
Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM Grand Floridian Ballroom C

Speakers: Katherine Richardson, Copenhagen University; Robert Costanza, Australian National University; Molly Anderson, Middlebury College; Gillian Bowser, Colorado State University; Larry Li, University of California at Riverside; Steward Pickett, Cary Institute; organized and moderated by Robert Dyball, Australian National University and Human Ecology Section Chair.

Joint Section Mixer (Agroecology, Applied, Asian, Early Career, Education, Human, Inclusive, International, Justice, Long-term Studies, Rangeland, TEK, and Urban)
Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM, Grand Floridian Ballroom H

ESA Human Ecology Section Business Meeting and Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday, August 10, 2016: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM 302, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center

Visit us at our Section Information Booth in the Exhibition Hall and find out we are about!

Travel Awards

Applied Ecology Section / Human Ecology Section joint travel awards.

The applied and human ecology sections have three travel grants of $500 each to award to members of either or both sections who are also students or early career academics.
To apply you should send the abstract of your accepted presentation (any kind of session, including posters) and say in a short paragraph how the work that you are presenting relates to the goal of either of the two sections.
The preferred means of demonstrating that you are a student or early career academic is by also being a member of one or other of those sections, but other evidence (such as your program details) is acceptable – please provide.
Please send your application to the appropriate chair: Robert Dyball for Human Ecology (, Gillian Bowser for Applied
The cut of date is 11 July.
Note that the Human Ecology section is offering free enrolment for paid up  members of either student or early career section. To take up this offer simply email and he will arrange dual membership through ESA. It would then be greatly appreciated if you attended the section business meeting. For updates, follow us on twitter @humanecology or on Facebook or at

Student Section Members and Early Career – Join Human Ecology Section for free!

The Human Ecology Section has 10 free section memberships for students or early career ecologists who are already paid up members of their section and would like to also be a member of the Human Ecology Section. Email Rob Dyball if you would like to take up this offer.

ESA Earth Stewardship Initiative

The Earth Stewardship Initiative from ESA 100 is continuing at ESA 101. Details are here.

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