Jun 8th, 2012
Marianne Krasny, Chair of the Department of Natural Resources, has agreed to serve on the Ecological Society of America’s (ESA) Rapid Response Team.
A select group of ESA members serve on the Society’s Rapid Response Team (RRT), a diverse group of about 40 ecologists who help ESA address policy and media opportunities in a timely and effective manner.
One of ESA’s central missions is to share ecological information with policymakers and members of the media. Since the Society opened its Public Affairs Office in 1983, ESA has served as a trusted source of ecological information. The establishment of the RRT in 2005 has greatly enhanced our ability to respond to time-sensitive issues, such as 2010’s BP oil spill.
RRT members work closely with the Society’s Public Affairs Office to:
- Identify the potential ecological consequences of proposed federal regulations and legislation
- Respond quickly to media inquiries
- Assist ESA with position statements or letters
- Present ecological research at ESA congressional briefings and science exhibitions
- Interact with congressional offices on time-sensitive issues
- Write letters to the editor for national and local media outlets
Depending on current national events, ESA may call upon members several times a year. RRT members generally serve for three years. ESA also encourages RTT members to alert the Society to policy issues or other opportunities. In addition, RRT members may contribute guest posts to the Society’s popular blog, EcoTone and participate in ESA’s podcast, The Ecologist Goes to Washington, which features interviews with ecologists who engage in public policy.