The American Society of Naturalists confers several awards each year to honor scientists of great distinction.
- Honorary Lifetime Membership
- Sewall Wright Award
- E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award
- Presidential Award
- Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigator Award
- Don Abbott Postdoc Research Award
- The American Naturalist Student Paper Award
- ASN Student Research Award
- Ed Ricketts Student Talk Award
- Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award
Honorary Lifetime Membership
Honorary lifetime membership in the American Society of Naturalists is intended to recognize scientists whose research careers epitomize the mission of the society, which is the conceptual unification of the biological sciences. The society limits the number of honorary lifetime memberships to twelve. Honorary lifetime member Ruth Patrick passed away in 2013: In Memoriam.
Links in the table below lead to the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award announcement for that honoree.
|Joseph Connell||Margaret Davis||Joseph Felsenstein||B. Rosemary Grant|
|Peter R. Grant||Daniel Janzen||Richard Lewontin||Jane Lubchenco|
|Robert Paine||Mary Willson||E. O. Wilson|
Past honorary lifetime members have included:
|Charles E. Allen||Samuel Henshaw||John Thomas Patterson|
|Liberty Hyde Bailey||Samuel Jackson Holmes||Linus C. Pauling|
|William Bateson||G. Evelyn Hutchinson||Fernandus Payne|
|Albert F. Blakeslee||Wilhelm L. Johannsen||Wilhelm Roux|
|Hampton L. Carson||Joseph Leidy||Elizabeth B. Russell|
|James D. Dana||Joseph P. Lesley||Karl Sax|
|Bradley Moore Davis||Othniel Charles Marsh||William Berryman Scott|
|Hugo De Vries||John Maynard Smith||George Harrison Shull|
|Theodosius Dobzhansky||Ernst Mayr||Aaron Franklin Shull|
|Henry Herbert Donaldson||Barbara McClintock||George Gaylord Simpson|
|Benjamin Minge Duggar||James Playfair McMurrich||G. Ledyard Stebbins|
|Leslie C. Dunn||Clinton Hart Merriam||Cornelius Bernardus N. van Niel|
|Simon H. Gage||John Alexander Moore||George C. Williams|
|Richard Benedict Goldschmidt||Thomas Hunt Morgan||Edmund B. Wilson|
|Asa Gray||Henry Fairfield Osborn||Sewall Wright|
|William D. Hamilton||George Howard Parker||Robert M. Yerkes|
|Ross Granville Harrison||Ruth Patrick|
Sewall Wright Award
The Sewall Wright Award, established in 1991, is given annually and honors a senior but still active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society's goals, namely, promoting the conceptual unification of the biological sciences. The award includes an honorarium of $1,000.
Links in the table below lead to the Sewall Wright Award announcement for that winner.
|2012||Richard E. Lenski|
|2011||Robert D. Holt|
|2010||William R. Rice|
|2009||Michael J. Wade|
|2005||Robert E. Ricklefs|
|2003||Mary Jane West-Eberhard|
|2001||Illkka A. Hanski|
|1998||William D. Hamilton|
|1997||Douglas J. Futuyma|
|1996||Robert T. Paine|
|1995||John Maynard Smith|
|1994||Richard C. Lewontin|
Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award
In recognition of the lifetime of outstanding contributions of Professor E. O. Wilson in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology, including the study of social insects, biodiversity, and biophilia, this award was established in the year of Professor Wilson's retirement from Harvard University. The E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award is given to an active investigator in mid-career who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms. Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. The award consists of an especially appropriate work of art and an honorarium of $2,000, presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Naturalists.
Links in the table below lead to the E. O. Wilson Award announcement for that winner.
|2013||Douglas J. Emlen|
|2012||Keith A. Crandall|
|2010||Michael J. Ryan|
|2009||Jonathan B. Losos|
|2006||John T. Longino|
|2001||Bernard J. Crespi|
|2000||Harry W. Greene & Richard Shine|
|1999||May R. Berenbaum|
|1998||B. Rosemary Grant & Peter R. Grant|
This award is for the best paper published in The American Naturalist during the calendar year preceding the President's term of office. The President of the American Society of Naturalists (ASN) makes this award.
Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigators Award
The Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigators Award was established in 1984 to recognize outstanding and promising 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. Jasper Loftus-Hills (1946-1974) was an Australian biologist of exceptional promise, whose career was cut short just three years after receiving his degree when he was killed by a hit-and-run driver while tape-recording frog calls along a Texas highway. The award includes presentation of a research paper at the annual meeting of the American Society of Naturalists, an award of $500, a travel allowance of $700, the cost of registration at the meetings, and a supplement of $500 in case of intercontinental travel.
|2015||Jesse Lasky, Stephen Montgomery, Mary Caswell Stoddard, Marjorie Weber|
|2014||Travis Ingram, Romain Libbrecht, Malin Pinsky, Michael Sheehan|
|2013||Robin Hopkins, Kayla C. King, A. Carla Staver, Ian J. Wang|
|2012||Rowan Barrett, Liam J. Revell, Jennifer C. Perry, and Matthew R. Walsh|
|2011||Michael Kasumovic, Robert Pringle, Nathan Swenson, and Daniel Warner|
|2010||Stephanie Carlson, Marc Johnson, Joel McGlothlin, and Daniel Rabosky|
|2009||Brian Langerhans, Luke Harmon, Renee Duckworth, and Jason Kolbe|
|2008||Jennifer Lau, Judith Mank, Volker Rudolf, and Mark Urban|
|2007||Andy Gardner, Maurine Neiman, Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, G. Sander van Doorn|
|2006||Rebecca Fuller, Ryan Gregory, Patrik Nosil, and Brian Silliman|
|2005||Dan Bolnick, Alison Galvani, Jeff Townsend, and Mark Vellend|
|2004||Aneil Agrawal, Doris Bachtrog, Armin Moczek, and Diego Vázquez|
|2003||Hopi Hoekstra and Jonathan Levine|
|2002||Sylvain Gandon, Jean M. L. Richardson, Ophélie Ronce, and Howard D. Rundle|
|2001||Andrew Hendry, Ole Seehausen, Priyanga Amarasekare, Anna Qvarnström, and George Weiblen|
|2000||Jef Huisman, Thomas Lenormand, Maria Servedio, Jennifer Thaler, and Jason Wolf|
|1999||Anurag Agrawal, Johnathan Chase, Troy Day, P. Ingvarsson, and Lukas F. Keller|
|1998||Hiroshi Akashi, Rodney Mauricio, Mohammed Noor, Kevin Omland, and Peter Waddell|
|1997||Hong-Wen Deng, Douglas J. Emlen, Sally Hacker, John Kelley, and Leslie Pray|
|1996||Rufus A. Johnstone, Christian P. Klingenberg, David L. Stern, and John P. Swaddle|
|1995||Göran Arnqvist, David Begun, Sally P. Otto, and Zhao Yang|
|1994||Elena R. Alvarez-Buylla, Keith A. Crandall, Frederick J. Janzen, Douglas R. Taylor, and Peter H. Thrall|
|1993||Joy Bergelson, Lee Dugatkin, Lock Rowe, and Geoff Hill|
|1992||Leticia Avilés, Edmund D. Brodie III, Eric D. Fajer, H. Allen Orr, and J. Timothy Wootton|
|1991||Alexandra Basolo, H. Lisle Gibbs, Andrew Read, and Ken Spitze|
|1990||Tamar Dayan, James Marden, Axel Meyer, and Sharon Strauss|
|1989||Anne Houde, Allen J. Moore, Barry Sinervo, and David F. Westneat|
|1988||David E. Cowley, Marlene Zuk, Carole L. Hom, and Kirk A. Moloney|
|1987||Steven A. Frank, C. Drew Harvell, Steven E. Kelley, and Mark Kirkpatrick|
|1986||Ary A. Hoffmann, Carl D. Schlichting, Brian A. Maurer, and Steve Orzack|
|1985||Gayle Muenchow, Mary Power, Trevor D. Price, David C. Queller, and Dolph Schluter|
Don Abbott Postdoc Research Award (Stand-Alone Meetings)
The Don Abbott Postdoc Research Award was established for American Society of Naturalists stand-alone meetings, which occur every few years.
|2014||Carl Boettiger, “Ecological management for an uncertain world: robust decision theory in face of regime shifts”|
|Runners-up||Alex Jordan and Benjamin Callahan|
American Naturalist Student Paper Award
The American Society of Naturalists created the American Naturalist Student Paper Award to honor student work published in the American Naturalist that best represents the goals of the society. To be eligible for the award, the work presented in the paper must have been performed primarily by the first author and primarily while she/he was an undergraduate or graduate student. The editors of the American Naturalist form the committee to consider the papers published in the year before.
ASN Student Research Award
The ASN Student Research Award goes to student members of the American Society of Naturalists, who hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. have passed to candidacy in a Ph.D. program (or equivalent), must be at least one year from completing the Ph.D., and who have not received this award previously. The recipients of the award receive $2,000 and an announcement in the American Naturalist. They will be asked to send a brief report on how the money helped to sponsor their research. In 2015, there are ten awards.
|2015||Jennifer Coughlan, Jesse Delia, Nicholas DiRienzo, Brennan Forester, Allison Fritts-Penniman, Matthew Holding, Devin Leopold, Nicholas Mason, Rene Petipas, Mark Phuong|
|2014||Karin Burghardt, Dean Castillo, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Spencer Ingley, Sara Jackrel, Deidra Jacobsen-Castillo, Russell Ligon, Karan Odom, Alison Ravenscraft, and Gijsbert D. A. Werner|
|2013||Malcolm E. Augat, Carolyn M. Beans, Brandon S. Cooper, Amanda K. Gibson, Catherine A. Rushworth, and Marjorie G. Weber|
|2012||Andrea Bailey, Chris Dalton, George A. Meindl, Maria W. Pil, Katherine Stryjewski, and Corlett Wolfe Wood|
Ed Ricketts Student Talk Award (Stand-Alone Meetings)
The Ed Ricketts Student Talk Award was established for American Society of Naturalists stand-alone meetings, which occur every few years, to recognize an outstanding student presentation made at the meeting.
|2014||Marjorie Weber, “Merging phylogenetic and experimental methods to test hypotheses about the evolution of mutualistic defensive traits in plants”|
|Runners-up||Jason Shapiro and Rachael Bay|
Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award
The Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award was established in 2012 to recognize a student who has presented an outstanding poster at the annual meeting of the American Society of Naturalists. Ruth Patrick is a renowned limnologist, past president of the ASN (1975), and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the society. The winner of the award receives $1,000 and a one year membership to the ASN, which includes a one year subscription to the American Naturalist.
Applications for the Ruth Patrick Student Poster Award
The senior author and presenter of the poster must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of the annual meeting, or have received her or his degree within twelve months, and must be a member of the ASN. Students must indicate their desire to be considered for the Award by selecting the appropriate box at the time that they register online for the meeting.
|2015||David Ocampo, “Evolution of avian eggshell structure: Evidence for adaptation across elevational gradients?” [Evolution 2015]|
|Honorable Mention: Livia Peluso, “Connectivity of the endemic coral Mussismilia hispida along its distributional range in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean.” [Evolution 2015]|
|2014||Stephen De Lisle, “Ecological character displacement between the sexes” [Evolution 2014]|
|Honorable Mentions: Kira Delmore and Andy Kulikowski [Evolution 2014]|
|David Harris, “Generating realistic species assemblies with a partially observed Markov random field” [ASN Stand-Alone Meeting]|
|2013||Amanda K. Gibson, "A phylogenetic test of the Red Queen Hypothesis: the evolution of mating system and parasitism in the Nematoda" [Evolution 2013]|
|Honorable Mentions: Paul Eskridge and Patrick Fuller [Evolution 2013]|