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, Vice President, and Secretary

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Due December 1

Members of the American Society of Naturalists are encouraged to submit nominations for the Executive Committee (EC). Elections will be held in 2021 for President, Vice President, and Secretary.

  • The President serves on the EC from 2022-2026, acting as President in 2023
  • The Vice President serves on the EC from 2022-2024, acting as VP in 2023. The VP organizes a symposium to be presented at the meetings in 2023 and edits the symposium papers for publication in The American Naturalist.
  • The Secretary serves on the EC from 2022-2027, acting as Secretary from 2022-2024 and Past Secretary from 2025-2027.

Names of nominees for specific offices should be submitted by December 1, 2020, to Maria Orive (

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.

The SECRETARY records and publishes the minutes of the annual meeting of the Executive Committee and ensures that elections for Society offices are conducted in a timely manner. In addition, the Secretary works closely with the President with respect to the normal running of the Society, documents the Executive Committee’s actions, sees that the ASN Officer’s Handbook and website are up to date, and coordinates communication between the Executive Committee, other societies’ Executive Committees, the University of Chicago Press, and ASN membership. The Secretary serves for a three-year term, and then remains a voting member for three years as Past Secretary.