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.

Results of the 2019 Election

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Edmund D. Brodie III, President 2021

I am an evolutionary biologist with wide interests in genetics, behavior, and natural history. I am especially intrigued by how interactions, whether between species, individuals, or genes, alter the evolutionary process from simpler linear predictions. My current work includes integrative approaches to understanding local adaptation within the molecular and geographic landscapes of predator-prey arms races, and a long-term project that explores the connections between social behavior, indirect genetic effects, and multilevel selection in natural populations of forked fungus beetles. I learned the fun (and power) of combining theory, empiricism, and fieldwork through my PhD training at the University of Chicago and a Miller Fellowship at UC Berkeley’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. From there, I moved to faculty positions at University of Kentucky and Indiana University before landing in my current position as BFD Runk Professor of Botany and Director of the Mountain Lake Biological Station at the University of Virginia.

The ASN has been instrumental in my professional development since graduate school when I published my first American Naturalist paper. In 1992, I was awarded an ASN Young Investigator Prize and got to coauthor a paper selected for the Presidential Award in 2002. The recognition that has meant the most to me in my career was the 2017 E.O. Wilson Naturalist Award. I was an associate editor of The American Naturalist for 17 years before becoming the current Natural History Miscellany Editor. I happily continue to serve the American Naturalist because it is the most thoughtful and efficient journal board and office of the seven publications I have worked with over the years. I worked indirectly with the ASN council during my two terms as the Executive Vice President of the Society for the Study of Evolution. Through that service and the Joint Council, I was able to promote a number of initiatives that expanded student governance, established a code of conduct for Evolution meeting attendees, launched a new journal (Evolution Letters), and provided a variety of new direct benefits to SSE membership. As president of ASN, my main priorities would include expanding student membership, establishing formal networking opportunities to connect junior and senior members, and keeping natural history in the American Society of Naturalists

Suzanne Alonzo, Vice President 2021

My research uses a combination of mathematical theory and empirical work on fishes to understand how interactions within and between the sexes affect the evolution of social behaviors and reproductive traits. I am particularly interestedin how variation among individuals is maintained, how and why plasticity evolves, and how both affect evolutionary dynamics and reproductive patterns.

I am currently a Full Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz, before which I spent ten years as a professor at Yale University. I did all of my training in the University of California system, including a B.A. from Berkeley, a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara and a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Santa Cruz. The most meaningful awards of my career are my graduate and postdoctoral mentorship prizes, for which my research group nominated me. I was also honored to receive the NSF CAREER award and to have been invited to be a plenary speaker at various meetings (e.g. ISBE, ASAB, EEEF, MMEE).

I am currently on the executive council for the International Society for Behavioral Ecology and have served as an associate editor for the American Naturalist, Behavioral Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, and as associate editor and as editor for the Proceedings of the Royal Society. I am also involved in various activities related to improving science education and increasing inclusion and equity in our classrooms and in our field.  I have been member of ASN since I was a first-year graduate student and have served on the journal’s editorial board and on the society’s nominations committee. As I am an evolutionary biologist and a behavioral ecologist, I think of the American Naturalist as "my" journal and society because it is one of the few places where theory, data, evolution, ecology and behavior all come together so naturally and with such excellence.

Rebecca Fuller, Treasurer, 2020-2022

My research focuses broadly on evolution in fishes. Half of our work focuses on the evolution of color patterns, color vision, and phenotypic plasticity in these traits as a function of spatial and temporal variation in lighting environments and the subsequent effects on sexual and natural selection. The other half of our work focuses on speciation in fishes (both darters and killifish) due to the effects of reinforcement, genomic rearrangements, and ecological selection.

I obtained a B.S. from the University of Nebraska, studied at Uppsala University in Sweden under a Fulbright Scholarship, obtained an M.S. from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. from Florida State University, and started as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in 2005. I was a recipient of the ASN Young Investigator Award, an NSF Career Award, and several awards for research and teaching excellence at the University of Illinois.

In addition to my service to the American Naturalist (see below), I have served in leadership roles at the University of Illinois and also at the Society for the Study of Evolution. At UI, I serve as our Director of Graduate Studies for my department, I co-organize our seminar on Ecology and Evolution (with Dr. Katy Heath), I serve on our School's Executive Committee, and I serve on the Executive Committee of the Graduate College. At SSE, I have served as a society councilor, served as an Associate Editor at Evolution, served on the Evolution Education committee, and have helped organize several student award competitions.

I have served the American Society of Naturalists in several ways. I helped Dan Bolnick organize the first standalone meeting at Asilomar, served on the Student Research Awards committee for 3 years with one year as the chair, served as the society representative to the Joint Meeting Committee that helps organize the tri-society meeting in the summer ('Evolution Meetings') for 2 years, and served as an Associate Editor at our journal, The American Naturalist. I helped co-organize a symposium that was focused on using natural history in the classroom with George Gilchrist, and I organized a spotlight symposium focusing on '25 Years of Sensory Drive'.

I am honored to be considered for the role of treasurer at the American Naturalist. The basic role of the treasurer is (a) to oversee the bank accounts of the society, (b) to make certain that bills, award checks, and associated paperwork are issued in a reasonable amount of time, (c) to make certain that taxes are filed on time, and (d) to act as a basic watchdog over the society's finances. My relevant experience in this area comes from my start-up company, "BassInSight" which makes software that mimics the visual experience of largemouth bass. My relevant experience involves making certain that the company does not overspend its accounts and submits its tax forms on time.