American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

Why I Am a Naturalist


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Dan Nussey

Dan Nussey

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Chair of Evolutionary Ecology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

Associate Editor, American Naturalist

Sébastien Lion

Sébastien Lion

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  • CNRS Researcher, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France
  • Associate Editor, American Naturalist

 

Madeleine Beekman

Madeleine Beekman

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  • The University of Sydney, Professor of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Associate Editor, American Naturalist
Erol Akçay

Erol Akçay

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  • Department of Biollogy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Associate Editor, American Naturalist
Frederick R. Adler

Frederick R. Adler

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For me, the challenge of making sense of the mysterious and beautiful world of ecology, and lately more and more of molecular and cell biology, confronts the logical elegance of mathematics with endlessly wonderful and new biology. The American Naturalist is for me the journal that best captures that spirit as the place where creative observation and synthesis, being naturalists in the broadest sense, has a home.

 ♦ University of Utah, Professor of Biology and of Mathematics

 ♦ ASN member since around 1993

Kevin Gross

Kevin Gross

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I’ve always been taken by the tension between math, with its embrace of the abstract, and ecology, where the devil is so often in the details. The art of mathematical ecology is trying to get that balance right, and the challenge captivates me.

 ♦ North Carolina State University, Associate Professor

Stephen B. Heard

Stephen B. Heard

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I have a natural home in the American Society of Naturalists. Its tag phrase, “conceptual unification of the biological sciences,” seems to sum up what really interests me about nature—and what it means to me to be a naturalist and a Naturalist. That’s probably why, in my 11th year on the editorial board of The American Naturalist, I still get a kick out of reading every submission I handle!

 ♦ University of New Brunswick, Professor

 ♦ ASN member since 1988

Marc Mangel

Marc Mangel

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I was interested in the conceptual unification of the biological sciences (particularly linking across different levels of biological organization in ecology, evolution, and behavior) before I knew about the ASN, so discovering the society and journal was like finding unknown relatives. In doing so, I work to bring first class basic science to important applied problems.

 ♦ University of California–Santa Cruz, Distinguished Research Professor

 ♦ ASN member since sometime in the early 1980s

Daniel I. Bolnick

Daniel I. Bolnick

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I've long been a naturalist, in the general sense of enjoying birdwatching or botanizing: in high school I was a naturalist for the Appalachian Mountain Club and helped the Zambian Ornithological Society's bird atlas mapping project. The American Society of Naturalists is the natural home for cross-cutting work, particularly work that tries to fuse an expansive theoretical view of biology with some solid empirical data. I also really appreciate the long history of the ASN as the seminal biological research society of our country.

 ♦ University of Texas at Austin, Associate Professor

Ellen Ketterson

Ellen Ketterson

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I am an integrative evolutionary biologist who has focused on the role of hormones in phenotypic variation and the role of ‘hormonal pleiotropy’ in maintaining the tension between independence and interdependence in the evolution of correlated traits. I have been a member of the American Society of Naturalists for many years, and the papers I have written that provide me with the most satisfaction have appeared in issues emanating from ASN Vice-Presidential symposia.

 ♦ Indiana University, Distinguished Professor