Honoring Joan Ehrenfeld with the @ESA_org‎ Urban Ecology Section

A couple years back, Rutgers' Joan Ehrenfeld passed away. She was a prominent urban, wetland and plant ecologist, authoring dozens of scientific publications while serving as an exemplary mentor to her students. Joan was also an exceptional family matriarch. I was a huge fan of Joan's work and had the pleasure of meeting her son when I lived in Seattle. He spoke of her dedication and passion toward life as a scientists and family woman with sincere admiration. In short, Joan was exceptional in everything she did. Joan's legend is destined to live on through her work and those she touched. As a testament to this, Myla Aronson of Rutgers and Ecological Restoration journal recently sent out the following request for contributions for a scholarship in Joan's name, sponsored by the Ecological Society of America and their urban ecosystem section:

"In 2012, The Urban Ecosystem Section of the Ecological Society of America
(ESA) established the Joan G. Ehrenfeld Award for best presentation by a
student in Urban Ecology at the society's annual meeting. Dr. Ehrenfeld was
a pioneer of urban ecology whose contributions helped shape our knowledge
of urban ecosystems. Her work spanned many taxa and systems, ranging from
invasive species dynamics, urban wetland ecology and ecosystem function,
restoration ecology, to the socio-ecological linkages determining
ecological function in urban watersheds.  She was a Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the Society of Wetland
Scientists. Her inspiring teaching reflected her broad interests, and she
directed many undergraduates and graduate students into productive, ecology-
related careers. Her former students and postdocs are continuing her work
around the globe

Your help is needed to fund this award. Our goal is to raise enough money
to establish an endowment for the Joan G. Ehrenfeld Award as a permanent
ESA award. This award currently has limited funding from a portion of the
member dues from the Urban Ecosystem Ecology section and does not have
funding to continue into the future. A permanent award in Joan’s honor will
assure that her legacy of outstanding research and communication in urban
ecology continues.

With this award we honor Joan’s commitment to graduate-student education
and the importance of communicating research findings to the scientific
community and the public. By making a tax-deductible donation, you can
ensure her legacy continues.

We hope you will contribute to this award. Checks can be made out to
the “Ecological Society of America” with “UEE-Joan G. Ehrenfeld Award” in
the memo and sent to:
Ecological Society of America
1990 M Street, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

The Ecological Society acknowledges all donations with a thank-you letter
that outlines the tax exemptions.

For more information, please feel free to contact Myla Aronson directly at
myla.aronson@rutgers.edu or 848-932-4275.

We sincerely thank you for your time and support,

Myla Aronson and David Ehrenfeld"

Full information on the Ehrenfeld award in urban ecology, including applications and past recipients, are available at:


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