Division of Ecology & Evolution (DEE): 2006 Spring Newsletter
Message from the Chair Fred Janzen, Chair Elect George Bakken,
Secretary Anthony Steyermark
and Program Officer Jennifer Elwood
Greeting from the DEE officers: Orlando was a great meeting and we would like
to thank everyone who helped to make it so. DEE co-sponsored three symposia and
by all accounts these were very successful.
This year we had thirty
students compete for the DEE best paper presentation award and twewnty-one
students compete for the best poster presentation award. As always the judges
had a very hard time selecting the winners of the competitions. The winners are
Tae Won Kim (Seoul National University, School of Biological Sciences) for his
talk “The evolution of
courtship structure building in fiddler crabs: Has it evolved for predation
avoidance in both sexes?”, and James Kreft (Swarthmore College) for his
poster “Trees pumping iron: Seasonal changes in material
properties of branch wood in Sugar Maple (Acer
saccharum) and Bur Oak (Quercus
macrocarpa)”. Tae Won and James will each
receive an award of $100, a certificate, and our best wishes for continued
success in their research endeavors.
We especially thank all of the DEE members who graciously volunteered their
time at the meeting to serve as judges for the competitions: Ken Angielczyk,
Audrey Aronowsky, Pat Baker, Larry Basch, Lisa Belden, Philip Bergmann, Anne
Bronikowski, Gary Burness, Nanette Chadwick, Bob Cox, Jenny Elwood, Sandra
Gilchrist, Anthony Herrel, Ryan Hill, John Hranitz, Dan Huber, Deborah Kristan,
Lance McBrayer, Eric McElroy, Rachel Merz, Michele Nighiguchi, Ken Nussear, Pat
O'Connor, Scott Reese, Kim Reich, Adam Reitzel, Anje Schulze, Brent Sinclair,
John Steffen, Tony Steyermark, Jonathon Stillman, Mike Temkin, Justin
Walguarney, Brian Walker, Bryan Wallace, Martin Wikelski, Jen Wortham, and Pete
We are looking forward to
an exciting meeting in Phoenix next January, where DEE is co-sponsoring two
symposia:1) “Integrative Biology of Pelagic Invertebrates”
“Ecological Dimorphisms in Vertebrates: Proximate and Ultimate
The DEE webpage is still featuring the research of its division members.
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Division of Ecology and Evolution
Business Meeting Minutes
meeting was called to order (17 attendees)
officers were introduced: Fred Janzen (Chair), Tony Steyermark (Secretary), Emily
Carrington (Program Officer; Absent), George Bakken (Chair-Elect), and Jennifer
Elwood (Program Officer-Elect), and Sofia Hussain (Student/PostDoc
minutes from last year were approved
secretary reported a large (the largest?) number of participants (51!) in the
student paper/poster competitions.
Outstanding student presentation awards from January 2005 meeting were
O'Donnell (Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University) "Big Breaking Waves Bashing Small Sessile Stuff"
Cox (Rutgers University) "Does Female Reproductive Investment Constrain Growth and
Promote Male- Larger Sexual Size Dimorphism in Yarrow's Spiny Lizard, Sceloporus
Neeley (Boston University) "Adaptive Response of Color Patterns in the Labroidei to
Environmental Parameters: A Comparative Approach"
Program Officer's report: The three DEE sponsored or co-sponsored symposia at
Orlando were: "Ecological Immunology: Recent Advances and Applications For
Conservation and Public Health"; "Integrating Function over Marine
Life Cycles"; and "Ecophysiology and Conservation: The Contributions
forthcoming symposia for Phoenix are: “Integrative Biology of Pelagic
Invertebrates”; and “Ecological Dimorphisms in Vertebrates:
Proximate and Ultimate Causes”.
SICB Executive Committee report:
has an ongoing problem with discerning terms of office and who’s chairing
or serving on which SICB committees. There is a concerted effort to standardize
terms throughout the Society.
University Press publishes ICB as of 1 January. SICB will soon need to consider
the issue of open access, which has myriad ramifications (especially how to
fund it). Authors can now submit articles to ICB on-line and papers will be
electronically published accordingly as soon as they are accepted after peer
review, preventing the historic slowdown in publishing symposium proceedings
caused by recalcitrant authors. This is great news, and should speed up
subscriptions are up, but institutional subscriptions are down. SICB is in
decent financial health at present, but this trend is problematic as the latter
provides nearly 50% of SICB income. It is not clear how to increase
need to modify our DEE bylaws formally to be consistent with the rest of SICB. We
currently require membership in DEE in order for students to participate in our
paper/poster competitions: Change “A student who applies must be a member of the Division
of Ecology and Evolution, ….” to “A student who applies must be a member of
Division of Ecology and Evolution SICB, ….” We discussed
and agreed to make a change to this requirement at last year’s business
meeting, but then never formally requested a vote of the membership. We will
do so this spring as required elsewhere in our bylaws:
may be amended by two-thirds vote of those responding by e-mail or mail ballot
provided that notice has been given to all members at least sixty (60) days in
intends to create a new division called Comparative Biomechanics so that the
Society can serve as a home for this growing field. Discussion concerns
whether this new division will conflict with or negatively impact current
divisions such as DVM. We also discussed how SICB should handle emerging fields
in biology, for example Computational Biology. One thought was that it would be
a way of integrating other science fields with biology, such as mathematics. We
agreed that the Program Officer could help generate new symposia based on the
interface between Ecology and Evolution with emerging fields.
expressed concern over access to affordable food at this venue for students,
but noted the nice job to make available free continental breakfast and relatively
inexpensive sack lunches. This concern will not be an issue at Phoenix 2007,
which is apparently located adjacent to an affordable food court.
speaking of future venues, venues after Phoenix 2007 and San Antonio 2008 could
include a return to Vancouver and New Orleans as well as new places like Puerto
Rico and Mexico.
Kingsolver highlighted the recently NSF-funded NESCent currently located in the
Research Triangle area of North Carolina. NESCent funds postdocs, sabbaticals,
catalysis meetings, and working groups, and will do so for at least the next 10
years. Members should take advantage of this opportunity just like ecologists
have done profitably with NCEAS!
this vein, the Society is considering drafting a brief statement in support of
the recent Dover decision rendered by Judge Jones, although these discussions
are in a preliminary stage.
Woodin has reconstituted the Development Committee to seek nontraditional
sources of revenue (e.g. commercial) to support SICB symposia since federal
support appears to be drying up.
need your input and participation to keep DEE vibrant and in a leadership position
within the Society. To that end, Tony and Fred have discussed how DEE can
enhance student participation and foster cross-disciplinary interactions to
help ensure a healthy long-term future for the Society.
way to more effectively promote the importance of SICB membership to our
non-SICB ecological- and evolutionary-oriented colleagues and students is to
incorporate novel activities at SICB meetings. For example, we might choose to
implement an Adopt-A-Student program where a voluntarily matched pair of new
student and SICB veteran exchange e-mail prior to the meeting, meet at the
opening social, share a SICB- and/or DEE-supported meal together on the first
day, or whatever seems best.
(or in addition), we might consider becoming more involved in targeted
recruiting and support of specific individuals for Society membership and
career guidance. Should we be pro-active in extending SICB's reach to new
members from underrepresented groups and to engage these individuals in
integrative and comparative scientific activities? Both student-oriented
activities and research/education opportunities that focus on national
priorities such as these will promote life-long membership in, and commitment
to, SICB. President Woodin let on that the SICB Diversity Committee has lapsed
at this meeting, but will be reconstituted imminently. To that end, SICB has a
pot of $$$ set aside for promoting these issues that we could tap with a
creative proposal. The sites of the two future meetings, Phoenix and San
Antonio, may be good areas in which to recruit new members from
also continue to develop creative ideas for symposia to be held at future SICB
meetings. DEE will support you. Here is one symposium possibility to spur
your thinking: we might consider exploring the fast-growing roles of
computational biology in our discipline. How much should we rely on
computers? Will organismal biologists and natural historians, among others, be
sidelined by this change of emphasis? Will/should we lament the loss of
relatively noncomputational fields? We look forward to your ideas!
ideas suggested for symposia by those in attendance were "Computational
Biology" and "Human - Induced Evolution in Wild Populations"
meeting was adjourned
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