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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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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Forthcoming Papers

“An integrative framework for the appraisal of coloration in nature”

“An integrative framework for the appraisal of coloration in nature”

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Darrell J. Kemp, Marie E. Herberstein, Leo J. Fleishman, John A. Endler, Andrew T. D. Bennett, Adrian G. Dyer, Nathan S. Hart, Justin Marshall, and Martin J. Whiting (June 2015)

Reconciling the principles of visual perception against the aims and approaches of empirical color research

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Announcements

2015 Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award Winner

2015 Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award Winner

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David Ocampo, Universidad de los Andes, Columbia, received the Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award at Evolution 2015 for his poster. Evolution of avian eggshell structure: Evidence for adaptation across elevational gradients?  

Honorable Mention: Livia Peluso, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. For her poster, Connectivity of the endemic coral Mussismilia hispida along its distributional range in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean.

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Meetings

Stand-Alone Meeting 2016

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Asilomar, California, January 10-14, 2016

Information coming soon at www.amnat2016.org/

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Why I Am a Naturalist

Ellen Ketterson, President of the ASN

Ellen Ketterson, President of the ASN

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I am an integrative evolutionary biologist who has focused on the role of hormones in phenotypic variation and the role of ‘hormonal pleiotropy’ in maintaining the tension between independence and interdependence in the evolution of correlated traits. I have been a member of the American Society of Naturalists for many years, and the papers I have written that provide me with the most satisfaction have appeared in issues emanating from ASN Vice-Presidential symposia.

 ♦ Indiana University, Distinguished Professor