Our own Osvaldo Sala, ASU professor and Global Drylands Center founding director, was recently named the President Elect of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the largest community of ecologists. Here, Osvaldo reflects on this recent appointment:
“It is an enormous honor to serve the largest body of ecologists dedicated to understanding ecological systems and devising the best practices for sustaining biodiversity and the ability of ecosystems to provide vital services to humans. I want to use all my energy to listen and engage ecologists so that together we can devise mechanisms that effectively address the challenging environmental issues of relevance to not only research but also environmental policy and management. As rollbacks on environmental protection threaten natural resources, the Ecological Society of America is playing an increasingly important role highlighting the links between human well-being and nature while continuing to strengthen our understanding of ecological systems. I want to concentrate my effort in anticipating challenges and opportunities for ESA in a world in which the traditional role of scientific societies is evolving rapidly.”
Read more about ESA and Osvaldo’s future role in the society.