May 13, 2005


Scott L. Collins
Sevilleta Field Station
Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1091
(505) 277-2265

Knute Nadelhoffer
University of Michigan
   Biological Station
Dept. of Ecology & Evol. Biol.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
(734) 615-4917

Robin Graham
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PO Box 2008
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6036
(865) 576-7756

Amelia K. Ward
Center for Freshwater Studies
Box 870206
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0206
(205) 348-1796

Members at Large
Jim Coleman
Office of Research
University of Columbia-Missouri
205 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1150
(573) 882-9500

Knute Nadelhoffer
University of Michigan
   Biological Station
Dept. of Ecology & Evol. Biol.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1048
(734) 615-4917

Martyn M. Caldwell
Director, Ecology Center
UMC 5205
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-5205
(435) 797-2555

Past President
Diana H. Wall
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
200 West Lake, Dept. 1499
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499
(970) 491-2504

  Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to summarize AERC activities over the past year and our plans for the coming year. AERC continues to push for heightened visibility of ecosystem research and education through publications, annual symposia, workshops, round table discussions, and meetings with congressional staff. We have an energized base of 42 member centers, including 5 new members that have joined since 2002: Archbold Biological Station, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI), University of Mississippi Field Station, and University of Missouri-Columbia.

We welcome Knute Nadelhoffer as our current President-elect, who will become President during our 2005 business meeting in November, and Martyn Caldwell as a new Member-at-Large on our Board of Directors. Both were elected to those positions at our 2004 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. See more information about the 2004 annual meeting, previous meetings, and AERC in general at:

Over the past year, we have furthered the objectives of AERC by:

  • Publishing an article in BioScience on the increasing relevance and role of AERC (see enclosed reprint);
  • Working with the AIBS Public Policy Office to complete the report on analysis of ecosystem research funding that was started two years ago;
  • Establishing new goals with the AIBS Public Policy Office to continue interactions in areas that are helpful in publicizing AERC activities and increasing visibility of AERC with federal agencies and Congress;
  • Conducting a Congressional Hill briefing in November 2004 on "Hurricanes: Recovering from Nature's Fury". Guest speakers were David Foster (Harvard University) and Bruce Hayden (University of Virginia). The briefing was organized by AIBS Public Policy Office director, Adrienne Sponberg;
  • Hosting our annual meeting symposium at the Smithsonian Institution on "Hurricane Disturbance: Effects on Ecosystems". Five invited speakers participated. Bruce Hayden and Bill Michener also provided an update on the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) planning project.

At the 2004 business meeting, we also discussed the possibility of AERC hosting a workshop within the next two years on NEON II, i.e., plans and goals for NEON in the future, beyond the initial infrastructure deployment that will occur with congressional funding.

Please mark your calendars for November 17-18, 2005, as the dates for our next annual symposium and business meeting at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. If you have ideas for a theme for the symposium, please forward those to President Scott Collins ( and President-elect Knute Nadelhoffer (

If you would like to nominate individuals for Board membership or become more active in AERC, also contact President Scott Collins.

We look forward to your continued participation.

Best regards,

Scott L. Collins, President
AERC Board of Directors