ASN RSS https://amnat.org/ Latest press releases and announcements from the ASN en-us Fri, 27 Jan 2023 06:00:00 GMT 60 Nominations for the Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award https://amnat.org/announcements/nominate-idea.html 2023 Call for Nominations The American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists announce the call for nominations for the 4th annual ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award. The IDEA Award will be given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient(s) will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the following year’s Evolution meeting. Each recipient will also receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium (shared among recipients if more than one). ***Eligibility Note: No contemporary officer, editor, member of diversity committee, or meeting organizer of the three societies is eligible for the award. Membership in any of the three societies is not required to nominate someone or be nominated for this award.*** &nbsp; How to apply Nominations should be submitted by February 10, 2023. Nomination packages should include: Nomination Letter: A single letter of support (1-2 pages) including biographical information (name, title, organization) of the person or group being nominated, along with a short description of the activities supporting the nomination. The letter must also include a section on the nature of impact the person or group has had on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field. For self-nominations, this letter should be written by another person who is familiar with the activities of the nominee. Biosketch: A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated. Optional supplementary material: any material you believe clarifies the activities of the nominee relevant to this award (maximum 3 pages).&nbsp; Please contact committee chair Andrea Sweigart at sweigart@uga.edu with any questions. DEADLINE: February 10, 2023 Click here to access the application. About the IDEA Award The ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award was created in 2019 by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB). The IDEA Award is given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient will receive a plaque at the annual meeting of ASN/SSB/SSE and a $1000 honorarium. Nominations are due in January of each year. <h3>2023 Call for Nominations</h3> <p>The American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society of Systematic Biologists announce the call for nominations for the 4th annual ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award. The IDEA Award will be given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient(s) will be invited to present a plenary lecture at the following year&rsquo;s Evolution meeting. Each recipient will also receive a plaque and a $1000 honorarium (shared among recipients if more than one).</p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">***Eligibility Note: No contemporary officer, editor, member of diversity committee, or meeting organizer of the three societies is eligible for the award. Membership in any of the three societies is not required to nominate someone or be nominated for this award.***</span></i></p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><strong>How to apply</strong></h3> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nominations should be submitted by <strong>February 10, 2023</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nomination packages should include:</span></p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;">Nomination Letter: A single letter of support (1-2 pages) including biographical information (name, title, organization) of the person or group being nominated, along with a short description of the activities supporting the nomination. The letter must also include a section on the nature of impact the person or group has had on inclusivity, diversity, and equity in the field. For self-nominations, this letter should be written by another person who is familiar with the activities of the nominee.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Biosketch: A brief biosketch or list of activities (maximum 3 pages) for the person/group nominated.</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;">Optional supplementary material: any material you believe clarifies the activities of the nominee relevant to this award (maximum 3 pages).&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Please contact committee chair Andrea Sweigart at sweigart@uga.edu with any questions.</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>DEADLINE: February 10, 2023</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctgg-I4bKSnQ53k1Z9gT0mgeYCPiCiGuh5Wqiy7nJRZQRTlQ/viewform?usp=sf_link"><b>Click here</b> to access the application</a></span>.</span></p><hr/> <h3>About the IDEA Award</h3> <p>The ASN/SSE/SSB Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Award was created in 2019 by the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), the <a href="http://www.evolutionsociety.org/">Society for the Study of Evolution</a> (SSE), and the <a href="https://www.systbio.org/">Society of Systematic Biologists</a> (SSB). The IDEA Award is given to a person at any career stage who has strengthened the ecology and evolutionary biology community by promoting inclusiveness and diversity in our fields. The award can also be presented to a group. The recipient will receive a plaque at the annual meeting of ASN/SSB/SSE and a $1000 honorarium. Nominations are due in January of each year.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2023 06:00:00 GMT Nominations for the Distinguished Naturalist Award https://amnat.org/announcements/nominate-distinguished-naturalist.html The ASN Distinguished Naturalist Award is given to an active investigator in mid-career (within 20 years of completion of the PhD) who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms.&nbsp;Time since PhD degree can be extended in light of parental leave. Other forms of exceptional caregiving responsibility [e.g., partner, spouse, aged parent, etc]. or extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. The recipient need not be a member of the Society. The award will consist of an especially appropriate work of art and a prize of $2,000. The ASN strongly encourages its members to submit nominations of deserving people. The names of former recipients can be found here. Nominations will be held over for two years. The application packet should in the form of a single PDF consisting of a letter of nominations, curriculum vitae of the candidate including a publication list, and three key publications to be send electronically by January 31, 2023, to Dan Simberloff (dsimberloff@utk.edu). Please indicate "Distinguished Naturalist Award" in the subject line.&nbsp; <p>The ASN Distinguished Naturalist Award is given to an active investigator in mid-career (within 20 years of completion of the PhD) who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms.&nbsp;Time since PhD degree can be extended in light of parental leave. Other forms of exceptional caregiving responsibility [e.g., partner, spouse, aged parent, etc]. or extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. <em>The recipient need not be a member of the Society</em>. The award will consist of an especially appropriate work of art and a prize of $2,000.</p> <p>The ASN strongly encourages its members to submit nominations of deserving people. The names of former recipients can be found <a href="https://www.amnat.org/awards.html#distinguished">here</a>.</p> <p>Nominations will be held over for two years.</p> <p>The application packet should in the form of a single PDF consisting of a letter of nominations, curriculum vitae of the candidate including a publication list, and three key publications to be send electronically by January 31, 2023, to Dan Simberloff (<a href="mailto:dsimberloff@utk.edu?subject=Distinguished Naturalist Award">dsimberloff@utk.edu</a>). Please indicate &quot;Distinguished Naturalist Award&quot; in the subject line.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 06:00:00 GMT Applications for the 2023 Student Research Awards https://amnat.org/announcements/apply-student-research-award.html The ASN Student Research Awards support research by student members that advances the goals of the society: the conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, or behavior. Each award consists of a $2,000 check to the candidate. An applicant must must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, must have passed to candidacy in a Ph.D. program or equivalent, and must be at least one year from completing the Ph.D at the time of the award. Projects in all types of research (i.e., laboratory, field, theory) are encouraged. A total of ten proposals will receive awards. Proposals will be judged on originality, strength, and significance of the questions being addressed, prospects for significant results, and the match between the proposed research and the ASN mission. If not already a member of the ASN (student membership is international and US$20), awardees are expected to join ASN at the time of the award. Applications include four elements: 1) A two-page proposal describing the research project for which support is requested; 2) A budget with justification (one page); 3) a short curriculum vitae (two pages); 4) a statement from the Ph.D. supervisor that verifies that the applicant meets the three eligibility requirements listed above (e.g. provides the date when the student passed their qualifying/candidacy exam), and confirms the supervisor’s support for the proposed project (max. one page). This is not a reference letter regarding the applicant&#39;s personal merits, so should be given to the applicant to attach directly to their application. For detailed instructions, or to apply, please click here! Judging: Applications will be reviewed by a committee of six persons: three faculty-level researchers and three graduate students. Senior-level appointments are made by the President-Elect. Members each serve for three years; the longest-serving committee member serves as chair in her/his final year on the committee. Graduate student appointments are made from the Graduate Council, in consultation with the President-Elect.Examples of past winning proposals: As part of ASN&#39;s commitment to mentor the next generation of biologists, we are providing some examples of past proposals that have won the SRA. Note that these proposals are diverse in format, and no proposal is perfect! But all winning proposals, including these examples, clearly articulate an interesting or important need in ecology or evolution, and clearly demonstrate how their proposed work will address that need. To further help guide potential applicants, our awards committee has annotated some of these proposals to highlight what makes each proposal great. Proposals are posted with permission of their student authors (thank you!). Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 <p>The ASN Student Research Awards support research by student members that advances the goals of the society: the conceptual unification of ecology, evolution, or behavior. Each award consists of a $2,000 check to the candidate. An applicant must must hold a bachelor&rsquo;s degree or equivalent, must have passed to candidacy in a Ph.D. program or equivalent, and must be at least one year from completing the Ph.D at the time of the award. Projects in all types of research (i.e., laboratory, field, theory) are encouraged. A total of ten proposals will receive awards. Proposals will be judged on originality, strength, and significance of the questions being addressed, prospects for significant results, and the match between the proposed research and the ASN mission. If not already a member of the ASN (student membership is international and US$20), awardees are expected to join ASN at the time of the award.</p> <p><a href="https://forms.gle/ovoVAmbYyotBM4uY7">Applications</a> include four elements: 1) A two-page proposal describing the research project for which support is requested; 2) A budget with justification (one page); 3) a short curriculum vitae (two pages); 4) a statement from the Ph.D. supervisor that verifies that the applicant meets the three eligibility requirements listed above (e.g. provides the date when the student passed their qualifying/candidacy exam), and confirms the supervisor&rsquo;s support for the proposed project (max. one page). This is not a reference letter regarding the applicant&#39;s personal merits, so should be given to the applicant to attach directly to their application.</p> <p>For detailed instructions, or to apply, please <a href="https://forms.gle/ovoVAmbYyotBM4uY7"><b>click here</b></a>!</p> <p><strong>Judging: </strong></p> <p>Applications will be reviewed by a committee of six persons: three faculty-level researchers and three graduate students. Senior-level appointments are made by the President-Elect. Members each serve for three years; the longest-serving committee member serves as chair in her/his final year on the committee. Graduate student appointments are made from the Graduate Council, in consultation with the President-Elect.</p><p><b>Examples of past winning proposals:</b></p> <p>As part of ASN&#39;s commitment to mentor the next generation of biologists, we are providing some examples of past proposals that have won the SRA. Note that these proposals are diverse in format, and no proposal is perfect! But all winning proposals, including these examples, clearly articulate an interesting or important need in ecology or evolution, and clearly demonstrate how their proposed work will address that need. To further help guide potential applicants, our awards committee has annotated some of these proposals to highlight what makes each proposal great. Proposals are posted with permission of their student authors (thank you!).</p> <ul> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:e934d356-4a70-4a7c-9857-d29cd9042a9d/Meadley_Dunphy_Shannon_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 1</a></li> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:4d47b6f2-debd-4ad9-a532-05d18178a922/Orteu_Anna_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 2</a></li> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:0f9d4c5d-2406-46a5-8d1a-8df5e82ad8f0/Summers_Jeremy_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 3</a></li> <li><a href="/dam/jcr:57641bc5-50dd-48cd-b980-73e8720082b9/Usui_Takuji_SRA_annotated.pdf">Example 4</a></li> </ul> Thu, 22 Dec 2022 06:00:00 GMT Applications for the 2023 ASN Early Career Investigator Award https://amnat.org/announcements/nominate-investigator.html The ASN Early Career Investigator Award honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators who conduct integrative work in the fields of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Genetics. Applicants working in any of these fields are encouraged to apply. The award honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators (3 years post-Ph.D., or in the final year of their PhD) who conduct integrative work in ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, and genetics (see * below). The award was established in 1984 to recognize exceptional work by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application deadline, or who are in their final year of graduate school. The award was established in memory of Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974), an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who died tragically during the course of fieldwork three years after receiving his degree. Winners of this award will present a research paper in the Young Investigator’s Symposium at the ASN annual meeting and receive a $700 prize, a travel allowance of $700, cost of registration for the meetings, and a supplement of $500 in case of intercontinental travel. Four awards are made annually. Recipients need not be members of the Society. In order to apply for this award, applicants should go to this Google form, where they will be asked to answer a few questions and upload their application (see ** below). The application should consist of one PDF, with the following (in this exact order): - CV (no page limit) - Research statement (3 page limit, including figures) - 3 of your published studies Additionally, two letters by individuals familiar with the applicant’s work should be uploaded by referees to this Google form (see ** below). Applicants are responsible for ensuring their letter writers submit their letters before the deadline (this can be done before submitting an application), as applications will not be considered complete without these two letters. * The standard timeframe covers anyone who graduated in 2020, 2021, or 2022 or who plans to defend in 2023. Time since PhD degree can be extended by 1 year for each child born or adopted during this period if the applicant was a primary care giver. Other forms of exceptional care giving responsibility (e.g. partner, spouse, aged parent, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. **Applicants and letter writers will be required to sign into an account registered with Google (does not have to be a Gmail address) to upload their applications and letters, respectively. If you or your letter writers do not have a google account, please send materials directly to Pierre-Olivier Montiglio. Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974) was an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who lost his life doing fieldwork recording frog calls in Texas, three years after receiving his degree from the University of Melbourne. An obituary appeared in Copeia in 1974 (Alexander, Richard D. "Jasper Loftus-Hills." Copeia 1974:812-13). The Golden Coqu&iacute; (in the photo above) was discovered on Puerto Rico by George E. Drewry, Kirkland L. Jones, Julia R. Clark, and Jasper J. Loftus-Hills. They had planned to name the species for its color, but when Loftus-Hills was killed in 1974, his colleagues chose instead to name it in his honor. A further description of Jasper Loftus-Hills appeared in Copeia 2015 (103:467-475), which is a retrospective on his mentor, Murray John Littlejohn (doi:&nbsp;http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/OT-15-274) The most gifted graduate student Murray ever worked with (in his own estimation) was Jasper Loftus-Hills, whose Ph.D. thesis “Auditory function and acoustic communication in anuran amphibians” was completed in 1971. Jasper followed in Murray’s footsteps to Austin and then went on to Cornell University and the University of Michigan. He was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver while doing night fieldwork on Gastrophryne in Texas in 1974. The 1992 Gastrophryne paper coauthored by Jasper and Murray is a lucid analysis of the state of the art in character displacement and reinforcement, two terms burdened with a long history of confusion. (Loftus-Hills, J. J., and M. J. Littlejohn.&nbsp;1992.&nbsp;Reinforcement and reproductive character displacement inGastrophryne carolinensis&nbsp;and&nbsp;G. olivacea&nbsp;(Anura: Microhylidae): a re-evaluation.&nbsp;Evolution 46:896–906.) &nbsp; <p>The ASN Early Career Investigator Award honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators who conduct integrative work in the fields of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioral Ecology, and Genetics. Applicants working in any of these fields are encouraged to apply.</p> <p>The award honors outstanding promise and accomplishments of young investigators (3 years post-Ph.D., or in the final year of their PhD) who conduct integrative work in ecology, evolution, behavioral ecology, and genetics (<strong><a href="#time">see * below</a></strong>). The award was established in 1984 to recognize exceptional work by investigators who received their doctorates in the three years preceding the application deadline, or who are in their final year of graduate school. The award was established in memory of Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974), an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who died tragically during the course of fieldwork three years after receiving his degree.</p> <p>Winners of this award will present a research paper in the Young Investigator&rsquo;s Symposium at the ASN annual meeting and receive a $700 prize, a travel allowance of $700, cost of registration for the meetings, and a supplement of $500 in case of intercontinental travel. Four awards are made annually. Recipients need not be members of the Society.</p> <p>In order to apply for this award, applicants should go to <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qa_PdZjuMAEWQM8x6M7QXqj6xV-4VgxTkBia-c2KVc4/viewform">this Google form</a></strong>, where they will be asked to answer a few questions and upload their application (<a href="#time"><strong>see ** below</strong></a>). The application should consist of one PDF, with the following (in this exact order):<br /> - CV (no page limit)<br /> - Research statement (3 page limit, including figures)<br /> - 3 of your published studies</p> <p>Additionally, two letters by individuals familiar with the applicant&rsquo;s work should be uploaded by referees <strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wUqF130buexB5GkyO94KYUlSnhYZNomEsdbIwQ02Y7M/viewform">to this Google form</a></strong> (<a href="#time"><strong>see ** below</strong></a>). Applicants are responsible for ensuring their letter writers submit their letters before the deadline (this can be done before submitting an application), as applications will not be considered complete without these two letters.</p> <hr /> <p id="time">* The standard timeframe covers anyone who graduated in 2020, 2021, or 2022 or who plans to defend in 2023. <strong>Time since PhD degree</strong> can be extended by 1 year for each child born or adopted during this period if the applicant was a primary care giver. Other forms of exceptional care giving responsibility (e.g. partner, spouse, aged parent, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>**<strong>Applicants and letter writers will be required to sign into an account registered with Google</strong> (does not have to be a Gmail address) to upload their applications and letters, respectively. If you or your letter writers do not have a google account, please send materials directly to <a href="mailto:Montiglio.pierre-olivier@uqam.ca?subject=Early Career Investigator application">Pierre-Olivier Montiglio.</a></p> <hr /><p>Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974) was an Australian biologist of exceptional promise who lost his life doing fieldwork recording frog calls in Texas, three years after receiving his degree from the University of Melbourne. <a href="/dam/jcr:50a091cd-227f-4bff-9f60-687a6679b1d8/JLH%20obituary.pdf">An obituary appeared in <i>Copeia</i></a> in 1974 (Alexander, Richard D. &quot;Jasper Loftus-Hills.&quot; <em>Copeia</em> 1974:812-13).</p> <p>The Golden Coqu&iacute; (in the photo above) was discovered on Puerto Rico by George E. Drewry, Kirkland L. Jones, Julia R. Clark, and Jasper J. Loftus-Hills. They had planned to name the species for its color, but when Loftus-Hills was killed in 1974, his colleagues chose instead to name it in his honor.</p> <p>A further description of Jasper Loftus-Hills appeared in <i>Copeia</i> 2015 (103:467-475), which is a retrospective on his mentor, Murray John Littlejohn (doi:&nbsp;<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/OT-15-274">http://dx.doi.org/10.1643/OT-15-274</a>)</p> <blockquote>The most gifted graduate student Murray ever worked with (in his own estimation) was Jasper Loftus-Hills, whose Ph.D. thesis &ldquo;Auditory function and acoustic communication in anuran amphibians&rdquo; was completed in 1971. Jasper followed in Murray&rsquo;s footsteps to Austin and then went on to Cornell University and the University of Michigan. He was tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver while doing night fieldwork on Gastrophryne in Texas in 1974. The 1992 Gastrophryne paper coauthored by Jasper and Murray is a lucid analysis of the state of the art in character displacement and reinforcement, two terms burdened with a long history of confusion.<br /> (<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">Loftus-Hills, J. J., and M. J. Littlejohn.&nbsp;</span><span class="NLM_year" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">1992</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">.&nbsp;</span><span class="NLM_article-title" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">Reinforcement and reproductive character displacement in<i>Gastrophryne carolinensis</i>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<i>G. olivacea</i>&nbsp;(Anura: Microhylidae): a re-evaluation</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">.&nbsp;</span><span class="citation_source-journal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px; font-style: italic;">Evolution </span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">46:</span><span class="NLM_fpage" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">896</span><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">&ndash;</span><span class="NLM_lpage" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px;">906</span><span class="citation_source-journal" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12.51px; font-style: italic;">.</span>)</blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 06:00:00 GMT