Results of the 2016 Election
Sharon Y. Strauss, President 2018
I received an A.B. from Harvard University in Biology, spent a gap year working on an intertidal project of Jane Lubchenco and Bruce Menge in Panama and then did a Masters in EBB with a Statistics minor at the University of Minnesota under Patrice Morrow. I did my Ph.D. at Florida State under Dan Simberloff. I went on to do an NSF-funded post-doc with Rick Karban in Entomology at UC Davis and then spent almost 5 years on soft money (some of it as an NSF Visiting Professor) at the University of Illinois, while my husband and I worked on solving the two-body problem. I joined the faculty at UC Davis in Evolution and Ecology in 1994 and am now Professor and Chair. Broadly, I am interested in evolutionary ecology and the interplay between ecology and evolution over short and long time scales. This approach includes using phylogenetic trees to understand the current ecology of (primarily plant) species, as well as investigating how recent past selection influences the current ecology of organisms. I am also interested in how the complexity of ecological communities shapes selection on, and the evolution of, component species. I have served as an Associate Editor for Evolution, and on the editorial board of AREES. I have also been North American Vice President of SSE, served on the E.O. Wilson Award committee for ASN, the Dobzhansky Award committee for SSE, the MacArthur and Mercer Award committees for ESA. I chaired the Symposium Committee for the 2013 ASN meeting in Asilomar. I wish to increase diversity in our field; I am founder and faculty co-mentor of the UC Davis Chapter of SEEDS (ESA) since 2006, and have trained diverse graduate students in my lab. I have been recognized with several awards, including the ASN Young Investigator Award (back in the day).
Maria Servedio, Vice President 2018
Sometime during my freshman year of college I decided that the best way to find a career that I would love would be not to plan it out, but to just follow the courses and opportunities that interested me the most, and see where that trail would lead. Using this scheme I ended up with a degree in Biology (Harvard, AB 1993) having taken many more courses in functional morphology and comparative evolution of vertebrates than one would expect from a future evolutionary theoretician and behavioral ecologist! This very firm and broad training in biology, in combination with subsequent training as a theoretician, matches well with the goals of the ASN, with its tradition of strongly empirically-informed theory and strongly theoretically-informed empirical studies. I began my theoretical training in my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. After a year-long lectureship at Cornell, I held a Center for Population Biology postdoc at the University of California at Davis. I started a faculty position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. My work focuses on sexual selection (in general), with special emphasis on its role in speciation. I am also very interested in the evolution of and evolutionary effects of learning, especially in mate choice and speciation contexts. I have been an Associate Editor or on the Editorial Board of journals that include the American Naturalist, Evolution, The Quarterly Review of Biology and Behavioral Ecology, and am currently one of the Handling Editors for Evolution. I served on the Operations Committee at NESCent, was a council member for the Society for the Study of Evolution, and am currently chairing the Sewall Wright Award Committee for the ASN.