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.

Call for Papers for the American Naturalist at 150 Symposium at ASN2018

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Registration will be waived to encourage early career speakers! Deadline May 10

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the first publication of The American Naturalist, there will be a special symposium at the stand-alone meeting of the American Society of Naturalists (January 5 - 9, 2018, Asilomar CA, USA). The symposium is titled “On the shoulders of giants: the future of The American Naturalist”.

The goal of the symposium will be to show how major advances published in the journal’s history have laid the foundation for exciting new directions in evolutionary ecology and related fields. There will be time for six 30-minute talks, each highlighting a different concept from a classic American Naturalist paper, and where those ideas are headed next. We want the talks to place the original paper into its historic context, trace the subsequent development of the idea, and (crucially) show how the classic ideas connect to today’s cutting-edge research.

Potential speakers might wish to examine these special articles (listed here: both for inspiration and to minimize redundancy.

We are requesting proposals for talks. Each proposal should be no more than 250 words. Proposals should:

  1. Identify what influential paper(s) from The American Naturalist’s past will be the starting point of the talk.
  2. Briefly explain how that past paper influenced the direction of the field generally and the speaker’s career in particular.
  3. Indicate how the speaker is using / developing / changing that classic paper’s ideas in their own current and future work.

In addition to the 250 word limit, one figure and up to 5 references are allowed.

Talk proposals should be sent to Daniel Bolnick  by May 10. We expect to notify chosen speakers by June 1.

We encourage junior researchers (post-docs, early-career faculty) to apply, and individuals from often under-represented groups.

The society does not have the funds to pay for travel or lodging expenses of the chosen speakers. But in exceptional circumstances ASM may consider appeals to waive conference registration fees for junior presenters who lack other means to cover conference costs.

In addition to this symposium, the American Society of Naturalists is separately seeking proposals for topics and speakers for two other organized symposia at the 2018 Asilomar meeting (see the details here.)