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 Nominations for ASN President and Vice President

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Members of the American Society of Naturalists are encouraged to submit nominations for the Executive Committee (EC). Elections will be held in 2020 for President and Vice President.

  • The President serves on the EC from 2021-2025, acting as President in 2022
  • The Vice President serves on the EC from 2021-2023, acting as VP in 2022. The VP organizes a symposium to be presented at the meetings in 2022 and edits the symposium papers for publication in The American Naturalist.

Names of nominees for specific offices should be submitted by January 15, 2020, to Megan Frederickson (

Please indicate “ASN Nomination” in the subject line.

As you contemplate nominations, you may want to check the current ( and past officers ( for reference.


Duties of the Officers of the Executive Council

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.

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.