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.

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Vote! ASN Elections February 10 to March 9

Vote! ASN Elections February 10 to March 9

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Email from the election website will be sent to all ASN members on February 10, 2016, with access to the election of president and vice president.

ASN Spotlight Session at Evolution 2016

ASN Spotlight Session at Evolution 2016

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Call for speakers: Spotlight Session on "*The evolution of species interactions" at the 2016 Evolution Meetings in Austin, Texas (June 17-21).

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Countdown to 150

Countdown to 150

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The first American Naturalist appeared in March 1867. In a countdown to the 150th anniversary, the editors have solicited short commentaries on articles from the past issues that deserve a second look. 

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ASN Symposium at the Ecological Society of America 2016

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Evolution in a community context

This symposium aims to highlight research explicitly examining how community context impacts evolution, and to stimulate discussion between community ecologists and evolutionary biologists.

ESA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, August 7-August 12

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Why I Am a Naturalist

Rebecca Fuller

Rebecca Fuller

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I grew up in Auburn, Nebraska which is a town of about 3,400 people. I spent my youth playing music, swimming, showing horses in 4-H, and working in a veterinary clinic. Joe Travis was my Ph.D. advisor. He was also the editor of the journal while I was in his lab. I saw first-hand Joe's efforts to keep the journal "meaty". During our weekly Travis lab reading group, people would frequently ask, "Are they selling the steak or are they selling the sizzle?" Selling the steak with the sizzle was acceptable, but selling the sizzle without the steak was completely unacceptable. The American Naturalist is a very "meaty" journal that sits at the confluence of ecology and evolution. It's for the big kids who can tackle complex topics, and it's my favorite journal.

 ♦ University of Illinois 

 ♦ ASN Member since 2005