Ecological Society of America through the years

"A meeting was held at Columbus, Ohio, on December 28th, 1915, at which it was decided to organize the Ecological Society of America...." Join us as we chart the Society's progress in its first century. This interactive timeline lets you explore events from 1915 up to the Centennial, to be celebrated in 2015.

"The interests and activities of this society will be of the broadest character, embracing every phase of the relation of organisms to their environmental condition...;xNLx;;xNLx;The Society was founded for the purpose of unifying the science of ecology, stimulating research in all aspects of the discipline, encouraging communication among ecologists, and promoting the responsible application of ecological data and principles to the solution of environmental problems." (Geographical Review, 1916)

1913-07-02 06:02:53

International Phytogeographic Excursion

American ecologists hosted a major scientific tour of natural sites in the U.S.

1913-12-15 00:00:00

Cowles and Tansley

ESA founder Henry Chandler Cowles (left; 1868-1939) with Sir Arthur George Tansley.

1914-12-15 00:00:00

In a Hotel Lobby

The first discussions on the formation of an ecological society took place in 1914 in the lobby of the Hotel Walton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at a meeting of animal and plant ecologists organized by Henry Chandler Cowles.

1915-12-28 00:00:00

It's Official!

The Ecological Society of America started December 28th, 1915, in Columbus, OH, at the meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

1917-01-01 16:28:20

Bulletin launched

ESA's oldest journal began publication in 1917. It is currently an open access, online journal published quarterly.

1917-01-06 15:39:09

Natural Conditions Committee

Formed in 1917 and chaired by Victor Shelford.

1917-07-02 06:02:53

Board Resolution: Fisheries

Resolution to establish national fisheries laboratories

1920-01-01 00:00:00

First issue of Ecology

Volume 1, Issue 1 was published in January 1920

1922-06-01 00:00:00

Glacier Bay

A committee was appointed to discuss the future of Glacier Bay, Alaska, with W. S. Cooper as the chair.

1923-06-15 10:31:22

The First Ten Years

Read a summary of ESA's first 10 years, 1915-1925

Ecological Society of America through the years

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