BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at
Mon Jul 17 15:37:55 EST 1995

We have received a proposal below for a new newsgroup,

ECOPHYSIOLOGY/bionet.ecology.physiology (MODERATED)

Discussion on the following proposal will now be open through 26 July
on BIOFORUM/bionet.general (*not* on BIONEWS/bionet.announce).  For
those who are not on the BIOFORUM/bionet.general newsgroup currently,
either read bionet.general on USENET or contact one of the following
biosci addresses to sign up by e-mail:

Subscription Address                 Location
--------------------                 --------
biosci at               Europe, Africa, and Central Asia
biosci at                   Americas and the Pacific Rim

One warning, however: BIOFORUM/bionet.general is a "chatty" newsgroup
and many other items will be discussed there besides this newsgroup
proposal.  USENET news access is definitely better than e-mail if you
want to monitor only this discussion.

Discussion Guidelines
Please do not post one-line messages saying things like "I am in favor
of such a newsgroup".  We will collect votes later.  The discussion
period is an opportunity for anyone to bring up reservations about the
proposed charter below and to propose modifications prior to the vote.
If the charter is perfect as is, then there is no need for anyone to
say anything!!!

The newsgroup discussion leader may submit a revised proposal in light
of the discussion, and the new charter would be included in the call
for votes which will go out on 27 July (Newsgroup Discussion leaders -
please note this deadline - if no revisions are received before the
deadline, the original charter will be voted on.).

Please be aware that only one vote is counted per e-mail address, so
it is necessary to have your own account in order to vote.  Multiple
votes from the same address are not accepted.  If you are interested
in the following newsgroup, but do not have an e-mail address of your
own, please obtain one from your computer center before the call for
votes is issued.

Proposal to establish ECOPHYSIOLOGY/bionet.ecology.physiology (MODERATED)

Proposed USENET name:              bionet.ecology.physiology (moderated)

Newsgroup moderation address:      ecophys-moderator at
                                   (bionet-ecology-physiology at
                                    is an alias for ecophys-moderator.)

Proposed mailing list name:        ECOPHYSIOLOGY

Proposed e-amil posting addresses: ecophys at
                                   ecophys at


Martyn M. Caldwell
Rangeland Resources Department
  and the Ecology Center
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-5230
FAX: 801-797-3796
Ph: 801-797-2557
E-mail:  mmc at

Newsgroup charter:

Physiological ecology currently has its own section within the
Ecological Society of America; it contains nearly 1,000 members.
Current research and teaching interests of ecophysiologists range from
molecular through ecosystem approaches and include all aspects of
nutrient and carbon cycles, cell and whole-organism metabolism, life
history, evolution, and various modeling endeavors.  Environmental
physiology is a component of many other related societies, including
those in biometeorology, agriculture, and forestry, all of whom
benefit from and communicate with this group.

It is anticipated that the newsgroup will focus on topics such

* methodologies and instrumentation for ecophysiology
* instructional approaches and teaching environmental physiology
* announcements of meetings and job openings
* discussion of ways to increase awareness and opportunities of
  those interested in ecophysiology

This newsgroup will be moderated to ensure that discussion will
remain useful to the professional ecophysiologist. This group
will be moderated by the head of the Physiological Ecology
Section of the Ecological Society of America, or his/her
designee.  The current head Martyn Caldwell <mmc at>,
would serve as the initial moderator.  

Discussion of controversial issues within ecophysiology (and the
expression and justification of contested viewpoints) is
encouraged.  Posts will be rejected that do not contribute to the
discussion, e.g. "flames", posts without any scientific merit, or
posts that do not contribute any new material.  If a submission
is rejected, the moderator will inform the poster of the reason
for the rejection.  

Physiological ecology and related subdisciplines are rapidly
growing emphasis in ecology with a need to rapidly exchange
technical information and to post queries for solving technical
issues related to field and laboratory studies.  Existing
newsgroups are too broad to effectively serve the needs of this
ecological subdiscipline.   

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