September 20, 2013

Who We Are

Editor-in-Chief Judie Bronstein

I've been Editor-in-Chief of the American Naturalist since January 2013, having served as an Associate Editor and then Editor since 2004. My own research focuses on big conceptual issues surrounding mutually beneficial interactions between species (Why cooperate? How does cooperation evolve, and under what conditions can it persist? How fragile are mutualisms in the face of spatial and temporal change, including anthropogenic disruption?). My work lies at the intersection of the three main areas we cover – ecology, evolution, and behavior – and incorporates both empirical and theoretical approaches. For this reason, I consider myself a fairly typical reader of this journal. In fact, it was my discovery of Am Nat as a college student that stimulated me to enter science as a career. I’m currently University Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona.

Editor Troy Day

I am a theoretical evolutionary ecologist interested in the evolution of the genotypic and phenotypic attributes of individual organisms, as well as the evolution of intra- and inter-specific interactions. Although my work is primarily theoretical, I am also involved in testing theory in collaboration with other researchers using a variety of experimental and correlative techniques. Current research areas in our group include the evolution of host-parasite interactions, the evolution of drug resistance, sexual selection and conflict, and the evolutionary diversification of populations in space

Editor Susan Kalisz

While I’m in my first year as an Editor of the American Naturalist., I have long appreciated the synthetic and cross-cutting nature of articles published in the American Naturalist. My work focuses on how evolutionary forces and local ecological factors interact to shape individual traits and population-level fitness.

Currently my lab is exploring two main themes: mating system evolution and species interactions and invasion.  Using the mixed mating genus, Collinsia, as a model, we examine the genomic consequences of shifts to self-fertilization, quantify if selection shapes mating system traits to maintain stable mixed mating, and test ideas related to Baker’s Law, linking selfing, dispersal, and range size. Further, my long-term herbivore exclusion experiment was designed to quantify the role of herbivores, mutualists, and invaders on the physiology, life history, and demographic stability of the native understory community. These projects are run out of my lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where I am a faculty member.and time.

Natural History Editor Mark McPeek

I'm the Natural History Miscellany Editor of the American Naturalist, and on the faculty at Dartmouth. My work considers how ecological and evolutionary processes interact to shape the structure of biological communities.

Managing Editor Trish Morse

I've been the managing editor of The American Naturalist since June 2001--the best job in the world.  

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