The American Society of Naturalists strives to advance knowledge of unifying biological principles by uncovering processes that generate and maintain patterns of biological diversity. These patterns and processes necessarily involve complex interactions between ecology, evolution, genetics, behavior, and physiology. Consequently, ASN emphasizes the value of interdisciplinary research and collaborations between diverse biologists to achieve conceptual unification across the biological sciences.
To facilitate such interdisciplinary research and collaboration, ASN will hold a conference January 13-15, 2014. This meeting will bring together a diverse array of biologists who might not normally encounter one another at separate discipline-specific meetings. Many ASN members attend either the Ecology meeting (ESA) or the Evolution meeting (ASN/SSE/SSB) each year, but don’t meet with their counterparts from other disciplines. The conference will be kept small to encourage new conversations.
We hope this meeting will be more than just another venue for presenting research. We want to create a public forum where graduate students, postdocs, and faculty can hold discussions to define new research directions that bridge disciplines. We hope to define and invigorate the ASN and showcase its unique ability to address broad patterns in biology by fusing theory with data, ecology with evolution, and new technological tools with long-standing open questions. In short, we hope to showcase what it means to be a naturalist and researcher in the 21st century.
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