USSEE January and February News

January/February News:
Conference call for abstracts, February Webinar,
and Featured Job Posting

ESA/USSEE Joint Conference: Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the 2019 Ecological Society of America (ESA) and USSEE joint meeting is now live at

Abstracts will be accepted until Thursday, February 21st at 5 p.m. EST.

The conference will be held August 11th-16th in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s conference theme is: Bridging Communities and Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative.

Be sure to renew your ISEE / USSEE membership in order to receive member registration rates for the conference. You will notice that on the abstract submission form there is a check box to mark if you are a USSEE member. To check your membership status or renew, visit

February Webinar: Gross Domestic Welfare: Comprehensively Measuring Income, with pilot accounts for the U.S. and California

Presented by Eli Lazarus
Wednesday, February 27th, 1 p.m. EST

In order to better understand, track and optimize welfare, we need assessments of comprehensive welfare. Various initiatives attempt this; from GDP and other standard national accounts, to the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), metrics like the U.N. Development Program’s Human Development Index, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Sustainable Development Goals, and Bhutan’s Gross Happiness Index. Gross Domestic Welfare (GDW) attempts to fill a gap in this research and these projects. GDW builds from the Genuine Progress Indicator, and from efforts to assess the full welfare contribution of ecosystem services and other non-market elements such as leisure. Elements that contribute to human welfare are incorporated as comprehensively as possible, valued in currency terms as a common unit, with shadow prices from valuation research where necessary. GDW differs from GPI in removing: historical and regional benchmarks; the boundary of impacts of the industrial economy; and a ‘standard’ and limited set of elements.

Initial pilot accounts are being built assessing California and the United States over the period 1995 to 2016. I will present these initial results, comparing them to GSP/GDP, and GPI accounts for CA and the US recently completed for the same period. I will present the framework, theory, and methods of Gross Domestic Welfare, and look forward to a robust discussion, including limitations, challenges, and priority steps forward.

To register for this free event, visit Eventbrite, or email

Job Posting: Lecturer in human-environment systems and data literacy

The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for one Lecturer (non-tenure track) with a focus in coupled human-environment systems and data literacy. We seek a discipline-bridging scholar who will play a fundamental role in training students to understand, analyze, and visualize information, including geospatial information, using a variety of data sources from natural sciences and one or more complementary perspectives. Potential areas of emphasis include ecosystem services, sustainability science, food energy or water systems, and interdisciplinary perspectives on global change; from ecological and complementary perspectives such as economics, engineering, or quantitative and qualitative social sciences.

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by February 27th.

For a full description of the position and information on how to apply, visit

Brief Survey for USSEE Members

In addition to collaborating with ESA for our annual conference, USSEE is pursuing other opportunities for collaboration with similar organizations. To help us do this, we are trying to figure out what organizations our members belong to. If you have not already done so, please take a minute to complete the survey below (it really should take only a minute) to help us do this at

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