Forest ThreatNet

Volume 9, Issue 2 - May/June 2016

Landscape Ecology Meeting Draws Forest Service Scientists and Record Attendance

Organizers_and_Janet.jpgAfter more than a year of planning, local organizers from the Eastern Threat Center were thrilled to finally welcome attendees of the annual meeting of the U.S. International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE), held in April in Asheville, North Carolina. It was the 29th and largest ever US-IALE annual meeting, drawing approximately 500 professionals (including about 40 Forest Service scientists) and students from 22 countries and 42 states. “I think that what makes the annual US-IALE meeting so great is that it is attended by people who believe that the best science comes from the overlaps in scientific subjects — the intersection between multiple disciplines,” says Bill Hargrove, a research ecologist with the Eastern Threat Center and chair of the meeting’s organizing committee. “Because of their common interests, meeting attendees engage in deeper attempts at cross-disciplinary thinking, bridging vocabulary and terminology across subjects. This is one of the unique aspects of the annual US-IALE meeting and why it has been my favorite meeting to attend over the last three decades.” Read more in CompassLive...

Pictured: US-IALE President Janet Franklin (third from left) recognized the efforts of meeting organizers from the Eastern Threat Center during the US-IALE awards banquet. Photo by Jeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman, University of Georgia.

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