ATBC Newsletter January 2017

Happy New Year to all!

The results of the ATBC election are in! Our new President-Elect isYadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests. His work focuses on understanding the ecosystem ecology of tropical forests, and how this will change in the context of global atmospheric change and direct anthropogenic change. Yadvinder has been an active Councilor and strong contributor to ATBC and we welcome him in his new leadership capacity. We bid farewell to Jaboury Ghazoul for his many years of service to ATBC.

We also welcome four new Councilors were elected to serve on the ATBC Council from 2017 to 2019: Liza Comita (Yale University, USA), Alice C. Hughes (Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA), Juan Manuel Posada (University of el Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia), and Corine Vriesendorp, (Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA). We acknowledge all of the outstanding candidates for their enthusiastic participation in the election.

Nominations are now open for ATBC Honorary Fellow 2017. Each year ATBC recognizes an individual who has conducted and inspired foundational work in tropical biology and conservation. The Honorary Fellow Award will be presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Mérida, 9-14 July. Please submit nomination letters to Past President Kaoru Kitajima, Chair of the Honorary Fellow Nominating Committee no later than February 15, 2017. Nomination letters should include the nominees’s CV and a letter summarizing the individual’s contributions and impact on the field. A list of prior Fellows appears here.

We look forward to meeting in Mérida, Yucatán for the 54th Annual Meeting, 9-14 July, 2017, focusing on Ecological and social dimensions of tropical biodiversity conservation.
Start preparing your abstract! The deadline for submission is 28th February. Registration and call for abstracts are open now! This will be another unforgettable meeting, so don’t miss it! We are excited to initiate a new mentoring program at the meeting that will continue throughout the year. Stay tuned for more details!

The ATBC Asia-Pacific Chapter 2017 Meeting on Past, Present, and Future of Asian Biodiversity will be held in Xishuangbanna, China on March 25-28th 2017. Deadline for submission of abstracts is quickly approaching. Please contact meeting chair Alice Hughes for more information.

We are pleased to have received 9 applications for the first round of the Navjot Sodhi Conservation Research Award. The first recipient of the award is Dr. Bernardo Flores for his work on “Dispersal limitation as a bottleneck for tree recruitment in burnt Amazonian floodplain forests.” Dr. Flores will receive a cash award of $500 for his project.

With the approval of Council, a new executive position of Membership Coordinator has been established to focus more attention on member engagement, retention, and recruitment. Council member Jennifer Powers has been appointed to this position. If


you have ideas about how to increase membership or wish to serve on the membership engagement committee, please contact Jennifer.

Finally, thank you for renewing your membership! And, if you have forgotten to renew, it is not too late!

And, if you would like to help sponsor members who cannot afford membership fees, please consider making a donation to ATBC or joining as a Sponsoring Member.

Tropically yours,

Robin Chazdon Executive Director

ATBC Newsletter September 2016

In this iIssue:

Call for Nominations for Councilors & President-Elect 

Who would you like to see representing you on the ATBC Council, or perhaps as President of the ATBC? Now is your chance to propose nominations for election to the ATBC Council and the President-Elect position. We welcome nominations from any ATBC member. Please submit nominations for councilors to the Past President, Jaboury Ghazoul, head of the nomination committee, by 14 October 2016. Current and former officers of ATBC are indicated here.
What does the Council do? The council members work together to advance the goals of the ATBC, as set out in the Strategic Plan. Discussion, debate, and decisions about ATBC activities and organization are the order of the day. Council members work with a group of like-minded people from around the world to steer the direction of the most important society in the world. All nominees must be willing to serve actively for three years if elected, by attending the council meetings and being involved in committees and task forces. It is a lot of fun (mostly), and the cookies and company are excellent.
Who can stand for election to Council? Well, anyone who is an ATBC member, and who has the enthusiasm and motivation to actively contribute to the development of the ATBC. We are looking for a diverse pool of potential nominations, including a diversity of career stages, nationalities, and interests. Enthusiasm and motivation are key, not experience and recognition.
What is the process?The election of four new council members and President-Elect will be held in November by online ballot. We invite all ATBC members to make suggestions for potential nominees. All nominated candidates will first be asked to confirm their agreement to stand for election. Those that agree will provide a short description of themselves, and their motivation for joining council. The collected names and abstracts will be added to the ballot papers for election by ATBC members. The election will be closed in December, and the winning candidates will be announced in early January.
Not sure what is involved and want more information or keen to be nominated yourself?? No problem… get in touch with Jaboury.
Applications solicited for Navjot Sodhi Award

We will solicit applications for Navjot Sodhi Award in remembrance of late Dr. Navjot Sodhi who inspired many students and colleagues to work for conservation of tropical biodiversity. Please submit applications from 15 November to 15 December 2016 to Kaoru Kitajima, ATBC President. A cash award of 500 USD will be given to a student in support of expenses related to conservation-oriented research activities. Please visit the ATBC web page for further information about the eligibility and application materials. The selection committee will be chaired by the current ATBC President, Kaoru Kitajima.

Announcing the 54th Annual Meeting of ATBC in Mérida, Yucatán , México

Submissions are now OPEN for symposia for the 2017 Annual Meeting on 9-14 July! The meeting brochure is available for download here. Symposium submissions will be open until November 30th, 2016. We encourage proposals for interdisciplinary symposia that address the meeting theme of “Ecological and social dimensions of tropical biodiversity conservation.” Subjects of broad interest to tropical biology and conservation will also be considered for symposia. Please review the symposia guidelines before submission.

The call for submission of oral, poster and video contributions will be open from 1 September 2016until 28 February 2017. Please, review the abstract guidelines before your submission.

Proposals of oral presentations, posters and videos are encouraged to address the meeting theme. Subjects of broad interest to tropical biology and conservation will also be considered for sessions.

Workshops and other activities: We invite proposals for workshops, networking and working group sessions, book presentations and other special sessions, for the 54th annual meeting of the ATBC. These sessions are not appropriate for the presentation of formal research talks and do not include presentation abstracts.

Please click here for further information regarding workshops and other activities.

ATBC’s new logo

Our new logo made its premier at the 53rd Annual Meeting in Montpellier. The new image of ATBC is colorful and dynamic, composed of a bird’s eye view of the growing leaflets of Albizia saman, the iconic tree that has been the symbol of ATBC since 1968. This tree is known across the tropical world, although the species originated in the Neotropics. It is known as the “rain tree” in India. The leaves represent the energetic and ever-growing qualities of ATBC, as we adapt to new challenges in tropical biology and conservation. The color palette reflects variations in temperature, light, and humidity across tropics and the rainbow colors reflect global human diversity. The logo was designed by Gaby Hernandez and her students at the Graphic Design Research Initiative of the University of Houston, with active consultation with the ATBC Executive Team. Gaby also designed the logo for ATBC’s 2013 Annual Meeting in San José, Costa Rica.

We hope you like it!

Welcome, ATBC Africa Chapter!
The ATBC Africa Chapter was approved by the council and launched during the annual meeting in Montpellier. Almost 60 people met multiple times to discuss the key missions and priorities for this new chapter. A major challenge for this chapter is that Africa covers a big region containing high biological and cultural diversity. In many countries, academic communication is conducted in French, rather than in English. Hence, as the first step, the group identified four regions: East Africa and Madagascar, Central Africa, West Africa, and South Africa, and selected a regional coordinator to foster the communication for each region. A new Africa Chapter page is being added to the official ATBC web page, where you can find the notes from discussion, link to the sign-up form to be affiliated with the chapter, and further updates. In addition to these official communications, there is also a Facebook group ATBC Africa Chapter.

Biotropica Editor’s blog
Please keep up to the date with the latest exciting papers published in Biotropica and news about the journal, data-archiving, the Biotropica app, and photos on the Editor’s Blog, hosted by Emilio Bruna.

53rd Annual Meeting in Montpellier

The 53rd Annual Meeting was held in Montpellier, France from 19-23 June, 2016, focusing on “Tropical ecology and society: Reconciling conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.” For four days Le Corum was abuzz with presentations, posters, and side discussions.

The meeting hosted 780 participants from 54 countries. A total of 72 symposia, 585 talks, 9 keynote talks, and 140 posters were presented. We are proud to say that we achieved full gender parity among delegates! Over 12,000 € was allocated to travel grants. The Conservation Committee worked nonstop to finalize the Montpellier Declaration,  “Europe’s central role in advancing sustainable palm oil.”

Many thanks to the organizing committee Plinio Sist, Pierre-Michel Forget, Stéphanie Carrière, and Pia Parolin, the Scientific Committee, and many sponsors for pulling off such a successful and exciting meeting in a wonderful place with world-class wine. Congratulations to Gentry Award winners Mar Cartro-SabateAdriane Esquivel Muelbert and William Farfan-Rios and and Bacardi Award winner Oliver Weam.
The ATBC Council at the end of our June 19 meeting in Le Corum.
Conservation Asia 2016 in Singapore
Just a few days after Montpellier, came Singapore, where a joint meeting on “Sustainable landscapes for people, business, and biodiversity” was held with the ATBC Asia-Pacific Chapter and the Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section at the National University of Singapore from 29 June-2 July.

Edward Webb was the Organizing Chair of the meeting, and David Bickford was the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee. The meeting was a huge success with 600 participants from 40 countries and more than 100 travel scholarships awarded to students and early career scientists and conservationists. The Singapore Declaration, “Responsible Business in Asia” was released at the end of the meeting.


Closing ceremony of the Conservation Asia 2016 meeting.
Photo credit: NUS

Send your news!
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ATBC Newsletter – May 2016


  • Premier of the new ATBC logo at the Montpelier, France Annual Meeting
  • ATBC 53rd Annual Meeting in Montpellier, France, June 19-24: Reconciling conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.
  • Conservation Asia: Sustainable landscapes for people, business and biodiversity in Singapore
  • ATBC Strategic Plan 2016-2020
  • Capacity Building Activities at Annual Conferences and Chapter Meetings
  • ATBC is now a member of IUCN
  • SECSCI (Student and Early Career Scientist) Chapter
  • Read Biotropica articles on your smartphone or tablet! But printed journal copies are available for purchase
  • New data archiving policy and data repository for Biotropica
  • Special thanks to Biotropica authors
  • Ways to get involved with ATBC
  • Benefits of your ATBC membership

Premier of the new ATBC logo at the Montpelier, France Annual Meeting

We all love the iconic Albizzia saman tree that has come to symbolize the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation for over 50 years. At the same time, we embrace change and seek new beginnings and the expanding role of ATBC globally. Several years ago, we embarked on a journey to develop an updated logo and new brand for ATBC. The details of our beautiful new design will remain a surprise until 19 June, 2016 in Montpelier. But don’t worry…let’s just say that the leaf doesn’t fall far from the tree. We hope you all come to love the new vibrant logo as much as we do!

Reconciling conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. What to expect at the ATBC 53rd Annual Meeting in Montpellier, France, June 19-24
Expect BIG THINGS! Join with 685 others to share knowledge, experience, and insights on how to move forward with our work in a world that desperately needs our contributions as tropical scientists and conservation researchers. Registrants are coming from 51 countries and will present 585 talks, 160 posters, and 7 keynote addresses. Be prepared for four full days of 72 oral sessions. Let’s get exhausted and enriched together! Plinio Sist and Pierre-Michel Forget are working very hard to bring you the best meeting possible, along with the organizing committee. Good things will happen here! And note that this meeting has achieved total gender parity among speakers and registrants! More info here!
Conservation Asia: Sustainable landscapes for people, business and biodiversity in Singapore
Conservation Asia 2016 ( is a joint meeting between the Society for Conservation Biology’s Asia Section and the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation’s Asia-Pacific Chapter. It will be held from June 29th – July 2nd in Singapore. Under the theme of “Sustainable Landscapes for People, Business and Biodiversity” the conference aims to break the mold of traditional conferences by inviting all stakeholders in the region beyond the usual academic and nonprofit circles, including business and industry. The meeting will employ multiple presentation formats such as speed talks, debates and lunchtime sessions in addition to regular talks, posters and workshops in order to be more dynamic and engaging. Student participation will be facilitated through scholarships and partnering students with a scientific mentor. Keynote speakers include Dr. Erik Meijaard from the NGO Borneo Futures and Dr. Ruth DeFries of Columbia University. There are currently over 550 delegates registered representing 39 countries giving a combined total of 42 symposia consisting of more than 430 talk, which includes 51 speed-talk and poster presentations. Workshop topics range from hard skills such as GIS and advanced statistics to soft skills such as communication, use of social media to disseminate science, and innovative ‘games’ to improve understanding.

ATBC Strategic Plan 2016-2020
In early 2014 the ATBC Council mobilized to develop a new forward looking strategy document that would both prioritize ATBC’s activities and provide a guiding path for the Association’s development over the coming years. To this end, the ATBC Council and Executive Board, as well as some invited ATBC members, got together for a day-long workshop immediately before the start of the July 2014 ATBC meeting in Cairns. This workshop generated a great number of ideas and suggestions, collectively reflecting not only what the ATBC membership has to offer, but also very considerable enthusiasm to build upon our knowledge and expertise for the sake of tropical biology science and conservation. The key issue was how to best capitalize on this expertise for the future. It is from this workshop that the strategic plan first began to emerge, with a view to define our values and priorities, and to develop pathways for our future activities. In the second half of 2014, Jaboury Ghazoul was given the lead in developing a text for the ATBC strategy. This text was informed by the Cairns workshop, but also by an extensive online survey distributed to all the ATBC members, to which we received a phenomenal response. Multiple draft texts were bounced around members of a small committee created for the purpose, and a revised draft was sent to the entire ATBC membership for feedback and comment. In April 2015, we completed a final draft that was given one last polish at the Council Meeting in Hawaii, in July 2015, and formally and adopted by the ATBC Council. Since then, the Strategic Plan has been beautifully formatted in color, and it can be downloaded here.

Capacity Building Activities at Annual Conferences and Chapter Meetings
The ATBC runs a wide selection of capacity building activities associated with annual conferences and Chapter meetings each year. These programs aim to meet the needs of upcoming researchers and conservationists and meet both their needs for new techniques and technologies, technical skills in core competencies (such as statistics, experimental design and spatial ecology) and soft skills such as applying for grants, and moving forward in academia. In addition to this we run mentoring programs at all of our meetings, which aim to pair students with a mentor in the fields they are hoping to move into and give them a tailored experience to work on issues they feel they would be most useful. Our mentoring activities provide the flexibility and a personal experience which allows the mentor and mentee to focus on anything the mentee would like support and advise on, from planning their conference experience, to research skills of advice on moving forward from their studies.
Capacity building activities aim to meet the needs of the next generation of future conservationists and tropical ecologists, and to work with our diverse network to create a stronger and more connected society for all members. Capacity building programs will be offered at the ATBC Annual Meeting in Montpelier and at the Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting in Singapore. Six 45-minute lunchtime skill sessions are also being offered at the Montpelier meeting on writing blogs (Jaboury Ghazoul), getting your work published in the sciences (Stephen Turton), moving forward in Academia (Jennifer Powers), resolutions in conservation (Pia Parolin, Sophie Calmon, and Alice Hughes), writing and publication (Tomas Carlo) and meeting the Biotropica editors (Emilio Bruna). Ten lunchtime skill sessions are being offered at the Conservation Asia meeting in addition to eight capacity building workshops. If you are interested in joining the Capacity Building Committee, please contact Alice Hughes.

ATBC is now a member of IUCN
Last summer, ATBC applied to become a member of IUCN and we are now officially a part of this vital global international conservation organization. Tony Lynam and Alice Hughes will be representing ATBC at the IUCN annual meeting in Hawaii in September 2016.

SECSCI (Student and Early Career Scientist) Chapter
We created the SECSCI Chapter of ATBC in 2013 at the 50th annual meeting in San José, Costa Rica. Since then, we have organized successful events at each meeting to bring together students, early career scientists, and other like-minded ATBC members. The main goal of the SECSCI Chapter is to encourage the involvement of students and early career scientists in the Association and at annual meetings, to organize and promote activities that fit the interests of our members, and to encourage participation within this group and with all other members of ATBC. Past events we have organized include open annual meetings to discuss SECSCI ideas and a Hawaiian BBQ with KUPU (an educational program for local youths involved in the conservation of natural resources). At future meetings we plan to hold more social events to bring our members together, including a contest to choose a t-shirt design for the Chapter and a scientific photo/illustration exhibition.

Read Biotropica articles on your smartphone or tablet! But printed journal copies are available for purchase
You can now read Biotropica on your Apple smartphone or tablet – find our how here: Although we are now an online-only journal you can still get the printed copy of Biotropica sent to you if you want it (for an modest fee). Information on how to do so is at:

New data archiving policy and data repository for Biotropica

Recent years have seen an upsurge in the value placed by the scientific community on archiving in permanent repositories the data that serve as the foundation of published articles. In light of these important benefits to authors and the broader scientific community, the Editorial Board of Biotropica voted to implement a new Data Archiving Policy below for all manuscripts submitted after January 1, 2016. This policy, which you can read at, is an important and exciting step forward for Biotropica. We join an elite group of journals in our field that mandate data archiving, but in a way that meets the needs of our unique community of authors. First, our policy includes a generous embargo period of up to three years to ensure authors have ample time to publish multiple papers from more complex or long-term data sets. Second, our policy includes something that as far as we know is unique among data archiving mandates – language explicitly encouraging ‘Data Users’ to engage intellectually in true collaboration with ‘Data Generators’. Finally, the non-profit and NSF-supported Data Dryad was designed with ecological and evolutionary data in mind and is the repository of choice for many journals in environmental biology. While authors are free to archive in any repository that ensures data will be permanently archived, Biotropica will provide partial or complete waivers to offset the costs of archiving in Dryad to authors that cannot afford to do so. Some guidelines on archiving data, including links to articles that provide excellent suggestions on formatting, can be found here. On behalf of the Associate Editors, we would like to thank the Editorial Board, partners at Wiley, and the Data Dryad for working with us on these exciting changes.

Special thanks to Biotropica authors

We value your important contributions! Please keep sending us the exciting research that has made Biotropica a premier outlet for research on tropical biology and conservation.

Ways to get involved with ATBC:
  • Volunteer to teach skill sessions or become a mentor
  • Help to expand our capacity building program
  • Helping with fundraising for special initiatives
  • Sponsor a student or regular member who is unable to pay for membership
  • Get involved in establishing and supporting a regional chapter (Indian Ocean-Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America)
  • Contribute your ideas at the ATBC Town Hall Meeting in Montpelier!
  • Send your news to our newsletter! Let us know if you got a paper published, a grant, an award, or if you are teaching a new course in Tropical Ecology and Conservation field. Submit your item here.

ATBC membership

We are really glad you are part of the ATBC community! We would like to take the opportunity to remind you of your ATBC membership benefits:
  • Biotropica: The official journal of the ATBC with an Impact Factor of 2.084 (2014). Free access for articles;
  • Discounts for attending ATBC Annual Meetings: Annual meetings feature numerous symposia on cutting-edge topics and exciting post-conference field trips;
  • Support for Conservation Initiatives: The Association is playing an increasingly vigorous role in tropical conservation via the ATBC Conservation Committee, which is open to all members;
  • Be part of our chapters: Asia-Pacific Chapter and Student and Early Career Chapter. These chapters offer more focused opportunities for networking, meetings, and communication among members;
  • Awards: Including numerous travel awards to the annual meetings for students from developing countries;
  • Affordable Membership: Among the most affordable of all scientific societies, with major discounts for student members and those in developing countries;
  • Receive 35% discount on all Wiley books.

Renata Leite Pitman, our new ATBC Editor of Internet Communications

We are happy to announce that Renata Leite Pitman, a Research Associate with the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University and the Keller Science Action Center at the Field Museum, has now assumed the role of Internet Communications Editor for ATBC. In addition to enhancing and maintaining the ATBC website, she will also assist with communications via the ATBC Facebook page and the Tropical Biology and Conservation Forum.

Renata is a Wildlife Veterinarian (DVM 1993) with a Masters in Forest Science. She has been working since 1989 in integrating fauna and flora research. Since 1994, she has become actively involved in restoring Atlantic Forest vegetation in areas of southern Brazil that were severely degraded by mining activities. There she owns a reserve with a 20 year-old restoration project, where she founded and directs the Center for Atlantic Forest Conservation. Her work with the Center for Tropical Conservation at Duke University includes coordination of research in Peru, Ecuador and Brazil, fundraising and website management. At the Field Museum, she helps on field guides production. Renata was born in São Paulo, Brazil. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband Nigel and two children.

Please help Renata to enhance ATBC’s Internet presence. Her main targets will be to engage to the ATBC’s web as many research stations in the tropics as possible and make the ATCB webpage a reference in tools for tropical biology and conservation. If you want to see the research station where you work featured at the ATBC web pages, please post a picture that characterizes your station into our Facebook page with the hashtag #TropicalBiologyResearchStation, and with a link to your station page if possible. She is soliciting broad input from ATBC members on tools for tropical biology and conservation research, upcoming grants, conferences, and training opportunities. Please post your ideas or materials in our Facebook page with the hashtags: #TropicalBiologyTools, #TropicalBiologyGrants, #TropicalBiologyConferences, #TropicalBiologyTraining.

Stay tuned and check the ATBC Website frequently for updates!

Tropically yours,
Robin Chazdon
Executive Director


ATBC Newsletter – September 2015

Fall Newsletter                                                                                   September 2015

Dear ATBC family,

The Annual ATBC Meeting in Honolulu filled us all with enthusiasm and excitement about moving forward. Congratulations to the new Honorary Fellows: Dieter Mueller-Dombois and J. Jack Ewel; Gentry Award Winners: Gaku Amada, Anat Belasen, and Sarah Jane Wilson; Baccardi Award Winner Haldre Rogers; and Carolyn Delevich, who received the  New Phytologist Best Poster Prize in Plant BiologyRead more here.

Planning has begun for the 2016 Annual Meeting, 19-23 June in Montpellier and the call for symposia is open until 1 November. The theme of the meeting is: Tropical Ecology and Society: Reconciling Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity.

We are accepting nominations for President-elect and four new Councilors until 15 October. If you are interested in serving on Council or would like to nominate another candidate (with their permission), please email Nominations Committee Chair Susan Laurance Your email should include the name of the person you are nominating plus their complete contact information.

Julieta Benitez-Malvido has begun her term as Secretary. You will soon be receiving membership renewals for 2016 from Wiley. Please renew early!

If you have problems with renewing your membership, please contact Julieta for assistance.

We have adopted a new Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 with five strategic foci:

  • Support the development of tropical biology and related interdisciplinary scientific approaches.
  • Communicate tropical biological science among the scientific and conservation community.
  • Foster the application of science in conservation policy and management action.
  • Grow the society by serving the needs and interests of the tropical biology research community.
  • Build organizational capacity and financial stability.

These points will guide future activities and fund-raising efforts.

Here are some other exciting developments:

  • We established a new Finance Committee to implement a more environmental and social sound investment portfolio for ATBC, establish an Endowment Fund, and coordinate with ATBC’s Fundraising committee
  • The Africa-Indian Ocean Chapter is getting off the ground! Orou Gaoue will be the Chair, and Onja Razafindratsima will serve as a secretary
  • We are developing a new membership structure in consultation with Wiley that breaks down economic barriers for membership and will create a more inclusive and engaged professional society
  • We are searching for a new webmaster. If you are interested, please contact search committee chair Norbert Cordeiro
  • The Conservation Committee released a new resolution in support of effective biodiversity security measures in the state of Hawai’i
  • A new data archiving policy is being developed for Biotropica.

Stay tuned and check the ATBC Website frequently for updates!

Tropically yours,
Robin Chazdon
Executive Director

(Download PDF: Fall 2015 ATBC Newsletter)

ATBC Newsletter – September 2014

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August 27, 2014

Dear ATBC member,

Greetings! Our annual meeting in Cairns last July was a huge success, and filled us with enthusiasm and excitement about the important and far-reaching work that we are doing individually and collectively. As a member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation you are part of a unique international society of researchers, educators, and conservationists. We are united by a passion for understanding how tropical organisms, assemblages, and ecosystems evolve, function, persist, and interface with society.

This year we made a commitment to communicate more regularly with members. We also want you to become involved in creating a new ATBC that will increase our influence on science and conservation policy and build greater capacity for research, conservation, and communication across the globe. Please visit our website regularly to stay informed about who we are and what we are doing. In this, our first in a series of regular newsletters, we have some exciting news to share about ATBC and Biotropica.

  • In July, the ATBC Council and invited participants embarked on a Strategic Planning Initiative that will culminate in the writing of a Strategic Plan for 2015-2020. Our incoming President, Jaboury Ghazoul, is the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. We will be following up with a survey of members and meeting registrants to learn more about your vision for ATBC’s mission and activities and how you perceive the benefits of membership.
  • In the coming year you will also see a new ATBC logo, a larger and energized Conservation Committee, emergence of the Young Scientists Chapter, fundraising efforts, and networking with other tropical biology societies around the world. We are on the move!
  • The window for nominating Council Members and President is open until September 15, 2014. Elections will be held in November, 2014. The window for nominating Honorary Fellows is open until October 15, 2014. Nominations include the name of the proposed Fellow with a short one-to-two page justification (and curriculum vitae, if possible). Please submit your nominations for Council or Honorary Fellow to Lúcia Lohmann, the Chair of the Nominating Committee.
  • Our recently created Student & Early Career Scientist Chapter (ATBC-SECSI) is gaining momentum and members and has big plans for the coming year. This chapter was created to encourage the involvement of students and early career scientists in the ATBC and at annual meetings, to organize activities that fit the interests of students and early career scientists working in tropical biology, and to provide opportunities for networking with all members of ATBC. To get involved, please join them on Facebook, where you can contact current Chapter President Erin Kuprewicz.
  • Big news on the Biotropica front; beginning January 2015, Biotropica will become an “online-only” journal!  This brings with it a number of advantages for our authors and readers, including free color printing of figures, the ability to read articles on- and off-line on Wiley’s soon-to-be released Biotropica app, and the reduction of ATBC’s environmental footprint from the reduced use of paper, inks, shipping, etc. Article Processing Charges – the online version of “page charges” – will continue to be waived for ATBC members. In addition, printed copies of Biotropica will continue to be available upon request for an additional fee if you still prefer to read Biotropica that way. For more details visit the Editor’s Blog, where you can also see the Editor’s Choice article from each issue, pictures from the field submitted by authors, and learn about what goes on behind-the-scenes at your society’s journal.
  • Mark your calendars now for the 52nd Annual ATBC meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii on 13-17 July!

Stay tuned for more news about ATBC and the upcoming elections.

Tropically yours,

Executive Director (

Robin Chazdon, ATBC Executive Director

Emilio Bruna, Council 2009-2010

Emilio Bruna, Editor-in-Chief, Biotropica

(Newsletter-September 2014)