The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) is the largest and oldest academic society dedicated to the study and conservation of tropical ecosystems. Our society is international in scope and membership, with almost 900 members from 65 countries, with whom we seek to:

  1. Promote awareness to as broad an audience as possible of the importance of the tropics
  2. Improve communication and cooperation among tropical investigators, educators, environmental managers, and local communities
  3. Inform and influence individuals and institutions whose decisions affect tropical habitats, their biota, and their inhabitants
  4. Encourage the establishment, improvement, maintenance and accessibility of physical facilities, databases, and collections of biological materials for the study of tropical biology and conservation, and
  5. Enhance the training of and interactions between the next generation of tropical scientists and conservation professionals.

The ATBC also publishes Biotropica, an international scientific journal publishing original research on the ecology, conservation and management of tropical ecosystems and the evolution, behavior, and population biology of tropical organisms. Biotropica also publishes authoritative and analytical Reviews of topics of current conservation or ecological importance, thought-provoking Commentaries that initiate fruitful debate and discussion, and Special Issues dedicated to major advances by multiple investigators on a conceptual theme, geographic region, or ecosystem. We have a diverse Editorial Board of over 40 members based in more than 20 countries that handles over 400 new submissions per year.

 

ATBC members Kaoru Kitajima (Japan), ALice Hughes (China), Lúcia Lohmann (Brazil), and Pierre-Michel Forget (France) at the 2016 ATBC Meeting in Montpellier, France. Photo: Emilio Bruna.