Physiological Ecology Section Newsletter, 2011

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MISSION, OFFICERS, AND MEMBERSHIP The Physiological Ecology Section promotes research and teaching that explore interrelationships among the functions of organisms and their environments. As of January 2010, Zoe Cardon (Marine Biological Laboratory) completed her term as President of the Section. Will Pockman (University of New Mexico) took over for a twoyear term, with goals of continuing to build on the work of previous years to provide as many opportunities for students and early career scientists working in physiological ecology and to facilitate the submission of as many stimulating symposia and organized oral sessions as possible in the field. Jennifer Funk (Chapman University) is serving her second year as Secretary. During autumn 2011, a new Secretary will be elected. Many thanks to Doug Aubrey (University of Georgia) for serving as the Student Section liaison last year. Greg Goldsmith (UC Berkeley) has agreed to take over as liaison for the 2011-2012 year. Webmaster Rob Jackson continues his long-term service to the section; our web site is

We have broad section membership, and many members are also part of the Biogeosciences, Education, Rangeland Ecology, Researchers at Undergraduate Institutions, Soil Ecology, Urban Ecosystem Ecology, and Vegetation Sections. This year, our Section-sponsored symposium planned for Austin (see below) -- organized by Rob Jackson (Duke) – addresses ESA’s Planetary Stewardship initiative and is linked to three additional Organized Oral Sessions focusing on more specific aspects of Earth Stewardship.


First, THANK YOU to all the judges who make it possible to offer these awards each year. Your efforts keep our Section’s activities going; we greatly appreciate your willingness to serve.


In July 2011, the journal Plant, Cell & Environment (Dr. Keith Mott, Editor-in-Chief), published by Blackwell, agreed to contribute funds to create an award for the best oral presentation by a postdoctoral scientist within the field of physiological ecology at the ESA Annual Meeting. The award will be given to a scientist who has completed their Ph.D. within the last 5 years. The implementation of this award in future years will be a topic of discussion among the membership at the 2011 business meeting.


Mixer and Business Meeting

At Austin, August 10 2011, our Physiological Ecology Section will hold its mixer and business meeting on Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center. Topics for discussion include:

  1. Continuing the discussion of our section’s contributions to ESA’s initiative in Planetary Stewardship.
  2. How can we manage the burden on section members associated with reviewing applications for travel awards and judging student awards?

Sponsored symposium and organized oral session at ESA in Austin, 2011

Sponsored Symposium:
SYMP 2 - Earth Stewardship: Defining the Scientific Challenges and Opportunities
Monday August 8, 1:30 - 5:00 PM, Ballroom C
Organized by Rob Jackson

see also three OOS sessions linked to this symposium:
OOS 7 - Earth Stewardship in Action: Examples and Milestones, Tuesday Aug 9, 8:00 - 11:30 AM
OOS 21 - Earth Stewardship: Communicating and Fostering Stewardship Behavior, Wednesday 8:00 - 11:30 AM
OOS 26 - Emerging Issues in Earth Stewardship: An Intersection between Science and Society, Wednesday Aug 10, 1:30 - 5:00 PM

Organized Oral Session supported with Long Term Planning Funds through the section:
OOS 31 - Measuring and Modeling Roots, the Rhizosphere, and Microbial Processes Belowground
Wednesday August 10, 1:30 - 5:00 PM, room 15
Organized by Luke McCormack and David Eissenstat


Web site: Reminder! Our web site is The web site is very dynamic and packed with information about:

Section booth at the ESA meetings: In 2009, we established the Physiological Ecology Section Booth at the annual meeting. The booth served as a Section focal point, featuring:

The Section will have another booth in Austin this year.

Submitted by:
Will Pockman
President, Physiological Ecology Section, ESA

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