FORT research ecologist Jill Baron, who has been involved in other roles with the Ecological Society of America (ESA) since the 1980's, was just named ESA President-Elect. For almost 30 years Dr. Baron has conducted research on the effects of atmospheric deposition (especially of nitrogen) on alpine lakes and ecosystems in the Loch Vale watershed in Rocky Mountain National Park. Further afield, Dr. Baron has led national efforts to understand nitrogen deposition and loading and associated impacts on water resources, soils, and alpine ecosystems; identify likely ecosystem responses to climate change and ways for managers to prepare for and adapt to these changes; and develop a National Climate Assessment technical report on the interactive effects of climate and nitrogen. She is a founding member of the Western Mountain Initiative, a multi-agency group of scientists who conduct research to understand and predict the responses of Western mountain ecosystems to climatic variability and change. For the past several years she helped create and co-directs the John Wesley Powell Center for Earth Science Analysis and Synthesis. Dr. Baron's tenure as ESA President begins in August 2012. Read the full press release at http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3053.
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