Ecosystem science plays an important role in the development of adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change. A distinguished panel of scientists will present their research findings to policymakers on 9 October 2014. The briefing, to be held on Capitol Hill, is hosted by the Association of Ecosystem Research Centers (AERC), as part of their annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Dr. Jay Arnone, AERC president and research professor at the Desert Research Institute, will moderate the one-hour science briefing. Sharing findings from recent ecosystems research will be: Dr. Jerry Hatfield, laboratory director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment and director of the Midwest Climate Hub; Dr. Julia Cherry, associate professor at the University of Alabama; and Dr. G. Darrel Jenerette, associate professor at the University of California, Riverside. Their presentations will be posted on the AERC website following the briefing.

AERC is a member of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS). This year, as part of the AERC meetings in Washington, DC, AIBS will conduct a half-day workshop on communicating ecosystem science to decision-makers and the media for AERC members participating in the annual meeting.

As a member organization of AIBS and a contributor to the AIBS Public Policy Office, AERC received planning and logistical assistance for the congressional briefing from AIBS. For more information about the AIBS Public Policy Office and its services for AIBS members and contributing societies, please visit


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