ASN Election

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The ASN 2019 Elections are underway for tha offices of President, Vice President, and Treasurer. The election website randomizes the order for each person voting, but the names below are in alphabetical order.

President

The PRESIDENT leads the ASN Executive Council and selects the membership of the award and officer nomination committees. The President selects the President’s Award for the “best” paper in The American Naturalist in the past year, gives the ASN Presidential Address and presents the Society’s awards at the annual meeting, and represents the ASN in multiple other ways through the year. The President serves on the Executive Council for five years, including one year as President-Elect and three years as a Past-President.

Susan Alberts

For me, the American Society of Naturalists holds a special place in the biological sciences, as the oldest society in the world that advances knowledge in the three fields that my work most intersects with: behavior, evolution, and ecology. The cross-disciplinary nature of the society and the high quality of its journal, the American Naturalist, make it a big-tent society where ideas can collide and grow. The role of the society in bringing together these fields represents an enormous opportunity for fostering connectivity across disciplines. I particularly welcome the opportunity to foster ASN’s international profile and its inclusivity of diverse communities, and to contribute to its work in policy.

I’m a Professor of Biology at Duke University, and as of 2016 I’m also a Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Chair of the Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke. I’ve spent 35 years studying wild primates in Kenya as part of the Amboseli Baboon Research Project, based in southern Kenya. I also studied the socioecology of African elephants for 10 years, publishing work on female and male social relationships and mating behavior, and ecological predictors of elephant group dynamics. I received my PhD from University of Chicago, and did postdocs at University of Chicago and Harvard. I’m a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. I’ve not been active in the governance of the ASN but have participated in ASN committees, including chairing the E.O. Wilson Award committee in 2017. I’m proud to be a Lifetime Member of the ASN, and I value the opportunity to run for President of the Society.

Edmund "Butch" Brodie III

I am an evolutionary biologist with wide interests in genetics, behavior, and natural history. I am especially intrigued by how interactions, whether between species, individuals, or genes, alter the evolutionary process from simpler linear predictions. My current work includes integrative approaches to understanding local adaptation within the molecular and geographic landscapes of predator-prey arms races, and a long-term project that explores the connections between social behavior, indirect genetic effects, and multilevel selection in natural populations of forked fungus beetles. I learned the fun (and power) of combining theory, empiricism, and fieldwork through my PhD training at the University of Chicago and a Miller Fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. From there, I moved to faculty positions at University of Kentucky and Indiana University before landing in my current position as BFD Runk Professor of Botany and Director of the Mountain Lake Biological Station at the University of Virginia.

The ASN has been instrumental in my professional development since graduate school when I published my first American Naturalist paper. In 1992, I was awarded an ASN Young Investigator Prize and got to coauthor a paper selected for the Presidential Award in 2002. The recognition that has meant the most to me in my career was the 2017 E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award. I was an associate editor of The American Naturalist for 17 years before becoming the current Natural History Miscellany Editor. I happily continue to serve the American Naturalist because it is the most thoughtful and efficient journal board and office of the seven publications I have worked with over the years. I worked indirectly with the ASN council during my two terms as the Executive Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Through that service and the Joint Council, I was able to promote a number of initiatives that expanded student governance, established a code of conduct for Evolution meeting attendees, launched a new journal (Evolution Letters), and provided a variety of new direct benefits to SSE membership. As president of ASN, my main priorities would include expanding student membership, establishing formal networking opportunities to connect junior and senior members, and keeping natural history in the American Society of Naturalists


Vice President

The VICE-PRESIDENT organizes the Vice-President’s Symposium for the annual meeting and edits the special supplement to The American Naturalist that contains the papers derived from the VP Symposium. The Vice-President is also the Society’s liaison for the organizers of the annual meeting. The Vice-President serves as a member of the Executive Council for three years, two as a regular member and one as ex officio member. 

Suzanne Alonzo

My research uses a combination of mathematical theory and empirical work on fishes to understand how interactions within and between the sexes affect the evolution of social behaviors and reproductive traits. I am particularly interestedin how variation among individuals is maintained, how and why plasticity evolves, and how both affect evolutionary dynamics and reproductive patterns.

I am currently a Full Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz, before which I spent ten years as a professor at Yale University. I did all of my training in the University of California system, including a B.A. from Berkeley, a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara and a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Santa Cruz. The most meaningful awards of my career are my graduate and postdoctoral mentorship prizes, for which my research group nominated me. I was also honored to receive the NSF CAREER award and to have been invited to be a plenary speaker at various meetings (e.g. ISBE, ASAB, EEEF, MMEE).

I am currently on the executive council for the International Society for Behavioral Ecology and have served as an associate editor for the American Naturalist, Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, and as associate editor and as editor for the Proceedings of the Royal Society. I am also involved in various activities related to improving science education and increasing inclusion and equity in our classrooms and in our field.  I have been member of ASN since I was a first-year graduate student and have served on the journal’s editorial board and on the society’s nominations committee. As I am an evolutionary biologist and a behavioral ecologist, I think of the American Naturalist as "my" journal and society because it is one of the few places where theory, data, evolution, ecology and behavior all come together so naturally and with such excellence.  

Loren Rieseberg

My lab uses a combination of evolutionary genomic approaches and field and greenhouse experiments to understand the origin and evolution of new species, crops, and weeds, focusing on members of the sunflower family.  I am especially interested in the roles of hybridization and chromosomal rearrangements in evolution.   

I received my PhD in Botany from Washington State University in 1987 and subsequently took positions at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden (until 1993), Indiana University (until 2006), and at the University of British Columbia, where I am a University Killam Professor and Canada Research Chair in Plant Evolutionary Genomics. My work has been recognized by MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the David Starr Jordan Prize, Stebbins Medal, and the Darwin-Wallace Medal. I am an elected fellow of the Royal Societies of London and Canada, the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

I have served on the Council for the American Genetics Association and the Steering Committee for the Biological Sciences Section at AAAS. I am a past-President of the American Genetics Association and the Botanical Society of America, and have served as Chief Editor of Molecular Ecology since 1999. At UBC, I have served as Director of the Biodiversity Research Centre (a cross-UBC community of 66 researchers representing ten academic units) since 2016. Although I have not previously served the ASN, I have spoken at ASN symposia and published frequently in The American Naturalist. I also worked closely with other journal editors to promote data archiving in evolutionary biology and ecology, and to implement these policies in a practical way in The American Naturalist and other evolution and ecology journals. 

I am interested in working with the ASN to address current challenges facing scientific journals and the societies they fund. Possible areas I would consider for the VP symposium include evolutionary agriculture, invasion evolutionary ecology, and structural variation and evolution. 


Treasurer

The TREASURER manages the accounts of the ASN, tracks all revenues and expenses, arranges for official annual financial reviews and tax return preparation, files tax returns, makes payments for all annual awards and travel reimbursements related to the annual meeting, keeps track of revisions to the award amounts and reimbursement policies, and prepares the annual Treasurer’s Report. The Treasurer also convenes a Finance Committee comprised of two other members of the Executive Council, for making investment decisions as needed. The Treasurer serves on the Executive Council for six years, three as a regular member and three as Past Treasurer. Vote to approve or disapprove.

Rebecca "Becky" Fuller

My research focuses broadly on evolution in fishes. Half of our work focuses on the evolution of color patterns, color vision, and phenotypic plasticity in these traits as a function of spatial and temporal variation in lighting environments and the subsequent effects on sexual and natural selection. The other half of our work focuses on speciation in fishes (both darters and killifish) due to the effects of reinforcement, genomic rearrangements, and ecological selection.

I obtained a B.S. from the University of Nebraska, studied at Uppsala University in Sweden under a Fulbright Scholarship, obtained an M.S. from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. from Florida State University, and started as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in 2005. I was a recipient of the ASN Young Investigator Award, an NSF Career Award, and several awards for research and teaching excellence at the University of Illinois.

In addition to my service to the American Naturalist (see below), I have served in leadership roles at the University of Illinois and also at the Society for the Study of Evolution. At UI, I serve as our Director of Graduate Studies for my department, I co-organize our seminar on Ecology and Evolution (with Dr. Katy Heath), I serve on our School's Executive Committee, and I serve on the Executive Committee of the Graduate College. At SSE, I have served as a society councilor, served as an Associate Editor at Evolution, served on the Evolution Education committee, and have helped organize several student award competitions. 

I have served the American Society of Naturalists in several ways. I helped Dan Bolnick organize the first standalone meeting at Asilomar, served on the Student Research Awards committee for 3 years with one year as the chair, served as the society representative to the Joint Meeting Committee that helps organize the tri-society meeting in the summer ('Evolution Meetings') for 2 years, and served as an Associate Editor at our journal, The American Naturalist. I helped co-organize a symposium that was focused on using natural history in the classroom with George Gilchrist, and I organized a spotlight symposium focusing on '25 Years of Sensory Drive'.

I am honored to be considered for the role of treasurer at the American Naturalist. The basic role of the treasurer is (a) to oversee the bank accounts of the society, (b) to make certain that bills, award checks, and associated paperwork are issued in a reasonable amount of time, (c) to make certain that taxes are filed on time, and (d) to act as a basic watchdog over the society's finances. My relevant experience in this area comes from my start-up company, "BassInSight" which makes software that mimics the visual experience of largemouth bass. My relevant experience involves making certain that the company does not overspend its accounts and submits its tax forms on time.