The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has announced the results of its recent election for five positions on its governing board. Among those selected by the membership to serve on the board is Jay T. Lennon.
Lennon, who was elected as a member-at-large of the ESA Governing Board, is a professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Biology. He also serves as associate chair of the department's Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Section.
Lennon has been a member of ESA since 2000. During this time, he has organized numerous symposia and oral sessions at ESA annual meetings. He is a member of the Aquatic Ecology Section, where he was on the Tom Frost Award Committee. He has served as the Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Microbial Ecology Section and was elected as an ESA fellow in 2021. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society of Microbiology.
Lennon's research explores the implications of diversity for the stability and functioning of ecosystems. He has made substantial contributions to the understanding of the ecology and evolution of microbial communities and their relationship to ecosystem function, notably the importance of dormancy as a mechanism that maintains microbial diversity. He has also led the way in developing a research vision to bridge the disciplines of microbiology and macroecology.
The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The 9,000-member society publishes five journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The society’s annual meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances in ecological science.
“The new members of our governing board bring an impressive range of expertise that will serve ESA well as we continue to pursue initiatives that support ecologists throughout their careers,” said ESA Executive Director Catherine O’Riordan. “I look forward to working with them to further ESA’s mission.”