Scientists, educators and ecological practitioners from around the world will gather in Montreal, Quebec in August for the 107and Annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Thousands of participants are expected to present cutting-edge research at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, August 14-19, 2022.

This year’s joint meeting combines the resources and interests of the Ecological Society of America and the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution.

ESA invites press and institutional public information officers free of charge (see accreditation policy below). To apply, please contact ESA Public Information Officer Heidi Swanson at [email protected] On-site registration will be available during the meeting.

The plenaries and symposia of the meeting will explore the theme of the meeting “A Change Will Happen”. We live in a time of global environmental, cultural and evolutionary change, and the societal relevance of ecological science continues to grow. Ecologists are busy anticipating future changes, imagining how alternative histories might have created different current conditions, and determining what adjustments are needed now to foster desired future outcomes. Ecologists also dismantle harmful legacies, expand knowledge systems and engage in restorative practices. A sustainable way forward for the discipline of ecology must be a collective enterprise grounded in principles that broaden participation, promote equity, and diversify measures of impact.

Plenary sessions

Opening Plenary – Sunday, August 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m. EST

Leroy Little Bear is a Blackfoot scholar who was born and raised in the Kainai First Nation in Alberta, Canada. Dr. Little Bear is a recognized leader and advocate for First Nations education, rights, self-government, language and culture who has received numerous awards for his work, including the Order of Officers of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. Along with his wife, Amethyst First Rider, Little Bear set up the historic Buffalo Treaty between First Nations on both sides of the Canada-US border in 2014.

Scientific Plenary – Monday, August 15, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EST

Gerard Ceballos, professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, proposed the first Mexican law on endangered species and advocated tirelessly for better management of Mexican protected areas. Dr. Ceballos has also conducted pioneering research synthesizing global patterns of mammalian distribution and conservation and assessing current extinction rates.

New Phytologist Foundation Keynote – Monday, August 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. EST

Etienne Laliberte is a plant ecologist at the University of Montreal, principal investigator of the Canadian Airborne Biodiversity Observatory and co-director of the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Sciences (CSBQ), a network of 105 researchers and more than 800 students across Quebec . His research aims to explain which plants grow where, why and how vegetation adapts to environmental changes.

Scientific Interfaces – Tuesday, August 16, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EST

Alexa Sutton Laurent leads the Ocean Conservancy in ocean justice work as the organization’s vice president for conservation, justice and equity. Dr. Sutton Lawrence has dedicated her career to bridging biodiversity conservation and environmental justice, with a focus on working with and within Indigenous, African American, and Afro-Indigenous communities. She is also the founder and senior managing partner of social innovation startup Kedge Consulting, where she provides environmental strategy and equity consulting services to corporations and nonprofits in North America and the United States. Europe.

Conference on recent advances

Somayeh’s Dodge is an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she directs the Department of Geography’s MOVE Research Lab. Dr. Dodge’s research focuses on the development of data-driven analyses, modeling approaches and visualization techniques to study animal movement and human mobility.

CSEE Public Plenary

Lenore Fahrig is Chancellor Professor of Biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Fahrig studies the effects of roads and traffic, habitat loss and agriculture on biodiversity. A 2019 study ranked its impact in the top 0.01% of 7 million scientists worldwide.

MacArthur Lecture

Jonathan Levin is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University. His research focuses on plant migration and invasion, how communities respond to climate change, and the factors that keep species coexisting.

ESA Policy on Press Accreditations

The ESA Press Office offers a virtual or in person free press registration for public information officers and institutional press officers, professional journalists representing the media, freelance journalists, photographers, videographers, bloggers, podcasters, authors, filmmakers, broadcasters institutional scientists and student journalists, for the express purpose of gathering news and information for media coverage of ESA meetings.

Public Information Officers and Institutional Press Officers who are unable to attend, but wish to promote presenters from their institutions, are encouraged to arrange in advance for the distribution of press releases and other press materials. author on the meeting website. Press officers can request copies of all summaries related to their institution.

Representatives of publishing houses, the business side of the news media, political or similar action committees, and for-profit corporations, will not be accredited as press and will not be eligible for registration. free of the press. Editors of journals or other publications that do not report or edit their outlet’s news section will also not be accredited as a press and are not eligible for free press registration .

Press subscribers have free access to all scientific sessions. Certain events, including but not limited to invitational events and communications workshops, are not open to journalists.

Scientists who will present at the meeting and who will also report from the meeting for recognized media may also receive press credentials at the discretion of the ESA Press Office. Anyone presenting at the meeting must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter. These registrants must first register as press and indicate that they are also presenters on their press registration form. These registrants should not register as a presenter until they have been contacted by a member of the ESA press office who will provide further information to register as a presenter.

Access to the press room is granted at the discretion of the ESA press office and is non-transferable. All registrants must provide credentials, whether or not they have received press registration for past ESA meetings. To register, get more information, or get help finding scientists on our meeting schedule, please contact Heidi Swanson at [email protected]

Virtual program

A limited virtual program will be available and will include recordings of plenary sessions, a limited selection of presentation slides and audio, and a Q&A platform to enable on-demand interaction with presenters. All uploaded presentations will be available upon delivery of the corresponding in-person presentation. Members of the press who will only be able to attend virtually can contact the ESA press office to obtain virtual access to the programme.

Press room

Pre-registered press can pick up their credentials in the press room and enjoy coffee, tea, internet access, printer, telephones and interview space. Journalists can also register on site in the press room.

Press room hours:

Sunday August 14: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Monday August 15: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday August 16: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday August 17: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday August 18: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional information and links to individual presentations will be available soon. Go back to for updates.


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