Candidates and Biographies
Current position: Carolina
Distinguished Professor of Biology and Marine Science, University of
South Carolina, Columbia
Education: B.A. cum laude,
Goucher College, Towson, Maryland 1967; Ph.D., Department of
Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 1972
experience: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College
Park, Maryland (1972-1975); Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins
University (1975 1980); Research Associate Professor to Research
Professor, University of South Carolina (1980-1987); Professor,
Department of Biology and Marine Science Program, University of South
Carolina (1987-present); Panel Member of NSF-European Union
Taskforce on New Research Tools for a Life Sciences Decade
(Rapporteur of Ecological Observatory Systems Report) (June 2001);
Honorary Membership Committee of the Ecological Society of America
(1998-2000); Editorial Board of Biological Bulletin (term
of Benthic Meeting Organizing Committee (1974, 1976, 1996); Co-Chair
Provost's Commission on Women at USC (1998-1999); panel member
at NSF, primarily in Biological Oceanography; Chair Eminent Ecologist
Award Committee of the Ecological Society of America (1989-1991);
Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research (1981-1992);
Editorial Board of Paleobiology (1984-1986); Editorial Board
of Bioscience (1985-1990); Marine Editor for
Ecology/Ecological Monographs (1978-1982); organizer of
special symposia at meetings of ASLO and SICB
Honors: 1967 Phi Beta Kappa;
1967 cum laude, Goucher College; NDEA predoctoral fellowship; NSF
predoctoral fellowship; 1972 Sigma Xi; 1977 Recognition Award for
Young Scholars, American Association of University Women; 1981
Elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science; 1998 Russell Research Award for Science, Mathematics, and
Engineering, University of South Carolina; 1999 Awarded Carolina
Professorship as Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and
SICB past activities: Chair of
the Division of Ecology and Evolution (1999-2001); Libbie Hyman
Memorial Scholarship Committee (1995-1997); Editorial Board Member
for DIZ of American Zoologist (1983-1987); participant and
organizer of special symposia as well as contributed sessions
Other memberships: Ecological
Society of America, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography,
British Ecological Society, AIBS, American Society of Naturalists,
Estuarine Research Federation, Society for the Study of Evolution
Research Interests: Community
structuring processes in marine sedimentary systems, the dynamics of
macrofauna particularly polychaete annelids, negative cues and
control of recruitment into sedimentary systems, biogenic
disturbance, alteration of the chemistry of sedimentary systems by
release of haloaromatic compounds as well as by such infaunal
activities as irrigation and defecation
Goals Statement: Intellectual
barriers among the disciplines of biology are becoming more porous as
increasingly breakthroughs are made at the interfaces of traditional
boundaries. SICB is uniquely poised to be the forum for
interdisciplinary synergism and in many cases has been already. From
the first meetings that I attended in the late 1960's every
meeting has had a wide representation of the diverse and fractious
field of biology with symposia spanning the disciplines. These
meetings reinforce my belief in the excitement and progress to be
made from cross-fertilization across disciplines and provide me with
insight into the progress being made in fields very distant from mine
with an opportunity to discuss common interests with the
participants. Most other meetings to which I go are either
interdisciplinary but across physics, chemistry and ecology such as
ASLO or are focused on one facet of biology such as ecology (ESA).
As reflected in the new name of the Society, many of the Society's
symposia focus on organism function and regulation which is what ties
the Divisions and members of the Society together. To me these
represent the strength and future growth of the Society. The new
Evolutionary Developmental Biology Division illustrates one aspect of
future growth. To remain vibrant and intellectually exciting the
Society needs to strive for high quality discipline-centered
contributions, interdisciplinary symposia in established interface
areas, and symposia in potentially controversial new areas.
Furthering such growth and prodding the members to organize symposia,
particularly where SICB provides a forum for interface areas
currently rootless such as EDBD a decade ago would be my primary
goals. Specifically I would try to stimulate the following:
Increase our representation in
vibrant research fields poorly represented at SICB in Divisions and
recent symposia, for example phylogenetics and protenomics. Both of
these fields are strongly tied to topics surrounding the
anthropogenic degradation of the earth, an emerging aspect of many
research initiatives and of enormous interest to the public at large
and undergraduates. Symposia in these areas with a focus on ties to
organism function and evolution would be very timely. The
society-wide symposium being organized by R. Scott Winters for
Toronto sounds like an example, "The Integration of Comparative
Genomics and Ecological/Evolutionary Studies."
Funding for symposia remains
problematic though less so with relaxation of the budgetary
restrictions of the past. The Society should attempt to increase
the funds available for symposium support while continuing to
restrain costs to members, particularly students. A portion of this
of course is trying to grow the membership which is how the Society
continues to grow intellectually and financially.
The Society should reach out to
members of other societies by periodically, perhaps every 4 to 5
years, meeting jointly with those societies or a subset of their
divisions around a co-sponsored interdisciplinary theme.
Continue the Society's focus on
quality of teaching and new teaching initiatives. The publications
sponsored by the "Science as a Way of Knowing" grant led
by John Moore were landmark achievements that we should consider
revisiting or expanding upon in some form. A possible focus would be
symposia on methods to evaluate teaching that eliminate biases of
discipline, gender and sex.
- Peter Wainwright
Current position: Associate Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis
Education: BS Degree, Duke University, 1981; Ph.D. in Anatomy, University of Chicago, 1988
experience: Postdoc with Al Bennett, University of California, Irvine (1988-1991); Faculty member, Florida State University (1991-1999); Associate Professor of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis (1999-present)
Other memberships: Associate Editor for Evolution and American Naturalist; served on several National Science Foundation review panels
Research Interests: Research on the evolution and ecology of vertebrate functional morphology, especially feeding mechanisms in fishes.
Goals Statement: As President I would seek to represent society-wide issues within SICB. This would include advocating for the continued trademark integration of major disciplines represented in our society while maintaining depth in our traditional areas of focus. I favor the careful development of creative symposia, both because of the interest that they generate at the annual meetings and because the published products can play a valuable role in establishing the society as a vehicle for the development of integrative biology. I am also interested in continuing to develop programs and events within SICB that promote the early careers of graduate students and postdocs.
Program Officer Elect:
- Robert D. Stevenson
position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology, University of
B.S. Civil Engineering and B.S. Plan of Study: Systems Ecology, Tufts
University, 1974; M.S. Wildlife Science, University of Washington,
1979; Ph.D. Biophysical Ecology, University of Washington, 1983
experience: Humboldt Fellowship, Max-Planck-Institut für
Verhaltensphysiologie, Andechs, W. Germany, sponsored by E. Gwinner,
1984-85; Humboldt Fellowship, Zoological Institut, J.W. Goethe
University, Frankfurt/Main, W. Germany, sponsored by Prof. G.
Fleissner, 1985; NSF Post-doctoral Fellowship: Dept. of Zoology,
University of Cambridge, England, sponsored by C.P. Ellington; Dept.
of Psychobiology, University of California, Irvine, sponsored by R.K.
Josephson; Dept. of Entomology, Cook College, Rutgers University,
sponsored by T.M. Casey, 1986-87; Research Associate, Dept. of
Entomology, Rutgers University, 1988; Assistant Professor, Dept. of
Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, 1989 -1995, Board
Member of the Massachusetts Environmental Educators Society,
Associate Editor for the Massachusetts Society for Conservation
Biology, Panel Member at NSF.
Cum laude, Civil Engineering & Magna cum laude, Plan of Study
Major in Systems Ecology, Tufts University, 1974; Alexander von
Humboldt Fellowship; 1984-85; NSF Environmental Biology Post-doctoral
activities: Member of the Education Committee (2001-2002), Chair
of Contributed Sessions, Judge of student papers
memberships: Society for Experimental Biology; Society for
Conservation Biology, AAAS, American Institute of Biological
Sciences; Ecological Society of America
Interests: Comparative Physiology, Environmental Informatics,
Biomechanics, Science Education, Conservation Biology, Evolution,
Statement: SICB has a strong history and international reputation
for promoting comparative and interdisciplinary symposia. In
addition, the society has focused on science education especially as
exemplified in the Science As a Way of Knowing series led by John
Moore that is widely cited in science education reform efforts. As
Program Officer I would continue to promote these strengths. I think
it is important to work with other societies, especially AIBS and
AAAS, on educational efforts.
believe SICB must embrace the exciting changes in biology and
information technology. Biology is being transformed by rapid
advances in its knowledge derived from new technologies and its
increasing stature in the scientific and public policy worlds. With
greater frequency, physicists, chemists and engineers tackle
biological problems and derive inspiration for designing new
materials and products based on biological systems. SICB will
continue to play an important role in shaping the direction of these
changes because its members appreciate both the diversity of living
organisms and actively seek to elucidate unifying concepts of
Biology, especially at the organismal and physiological levels.
see new opportunities for the society to integrate across levels of
biological organization in the areas of structural biology and
morphology, biomaterials, locomotion, the physiological basis of
behavior, scaling theory, rhythms, phylogenetics, evolutionary
developmental biology, complexity theory, comparative genomics and
protenomics and conservation biology. In recent years SICB has
actively organized symposia that compare plants, animals and
microbes. We need to continue these developments. Much of our
biological knowledge comes from studies on model organisms. In SICB
we an opportunity to take a leading role in synthesizing results from
model organisms, emerging model organisms and non model organisms to
will lead to new conceptual frameworks in Biology and broaden our
understanding of evolution.
technologies are altering the way science is done. Advances in
electronic publications, digital libraries, scientific databases,
video conferencing, and educational products are may allow us to
better serve the wider biological community with the domain knowledge
that resides among our membership as well as impact our revenues.
Therefore I think part of our annual meeting can be devoted to
discussing these ideas and learning about the opportunities that
exist to develop electronic communications. Such initiatives are
difficult to start and are likely to depend on securing outside
funding but they have the potential to strengthen SICB. Examples of
directions SICB might take include 1. setting standards for
scientific communication (how to find information about diverse
biological solutions derived from comparative studies), 2. providing
databases of scientific information (e.g. biological materials), 3.
maintaining digital libraries of annotated video clips (e.g.
locomotion), 4. organizing simulation standards for
structure-functions models (e.g. modeling of heat transfer in
biophysical ecology), and 5. developing citizen science models to
engage the public and gather data (e.g. data on scaling for
- Catherine Loudon
Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
Sc.B. Honors in Biophysics, Brown University; Ph.D. in Zoology
(minor: Mechanical Engineering), Duke University.
Experience: Associate Professor, Dept. of Ecology and
Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 2002- ; Assistant
Professor, Dept. of Entomology and Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of Kansas 1996-2002; NSF Visiting Professor at
Kansas State University 1993-1996; Postdoctoral work at U. of
California/Berkeley 1990-1992; NSF Postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell
University and Assistant Professor at Ithaca College 1988-1990;
Postdoctoral work at the University of Minnesota 1986-1988.
Activities: Member since 1981. Judged student papers and chaired
Memberships: AAAS; AChemS; AIBS; ASLO: Entomological Society of
America; Sigma Xi.
Interests: Biomechanics and insect physiology. The current
emphasis is on the physical interaction of sensory structures such as
insect antennae with their environment and how this affects chemo-
and mechanoreception and information transmission. Additional
research is on sensing and mechanical stimulus transmission through
particulate media (antlion larvae in sand) and at air-to-water
interfaces (water striders).
Statement: A varied, stimulating, and well-organized program is
essential for the success of the annual meeting and the health of the
society. I have appreciated the great pains taken by previous
organizers to make the annual meetings so enjoyable, and would look
forward to participating in the coordination of the SICB meetings as
a program officer.
Member At Large Elect:
- Robert J. Full
Current Position: Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California.
Education: Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1984; M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1982; B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1979.
Professional Experience: Goldman Professor, University of California, Berkeley 1999 - 2001; Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley 1996 - 1999; Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley 1991 - 1995; Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley 1986 - 1991; Post doctoral Lectureship, The University of Chicago, 1984 - 1986.
SICB Participation: Presenter at every Annual Meeting since 1979; Organized interdisciplinary symposia in each of the last years; Delivered opening lecture 2002; Initiated constitutional change allowing undergraduate presentations; Membership committee (1991-2, Chair, 1993); Electronic communications committee (Chair, 1994-1999); Program planning committee (1995 -1998); Nominating committee for society-wide offices (1998); Science Task Force Chair (1999)
Research Interests: Physiology and biomechanics of locomotion; musculoskeletal and neural control systems; energetics; biological inspiration toward the design of artificial muscles, tuned materials, robots and adhesives.
Statement of Goals: I would be glad to assist the Executive Committee in the governing of the SICB. We are entering an age of integration where we will see the true power and importance of an integrative and comparative approach to biological research. SICB represents this perspective better than any other professional society. I am committed to assisting the society in promoting this important viewpoint and extending this vision beyond biology. Specifically, I hope to assist in the implementation of more of the suggestions from our Science Task Force Report (www.sicb.org/public/1230feder_task.html).
- Greg Wray
position: Associate Professor of Biology, Duke University
BS Degree, College of William and Mary, 1981; Ph.D. in Biology, Duke
experience: Postdoc with Rudy Raff, Indiana University
(1987-1991); Postdoc with Richard Strathmann, Friday Harbor Labs,
University of Washington (1991-1993); Assistant and Associate
Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook(1994-1999);
Associate Professor of Biology, Duke University (1999-present);
visiting faculty, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of
Washington (1992, 1994, 1996) and the Marine Biological Laboratory,
Woods Hole (1998-present)
memberships: Co-founding Editor for Evolution & Development;
Associate Editor for American Naturalist; formerly on the editorial
boards of American Zoologist, Quarterly Review of Biology, Journal of
Experimental Zoology, and Development, Genes and Evolution; served on
several National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and
Space Administration review panels and working groups
Interests: The evolution of development in animals. Current
projects include the evolution of regulatory gene networks in
primates and sea urchins, the developmental basis for polyphenism in
ants, the evolution of complex life cycles in metazoans, and the
developmental basis for evolutionary changes in body symmetry in
Statement: As Member-At-Large I would work to build on what I see
as the most important strengths of the SICB. Chief among these are
the Society's unique and distinguished history of promoting an
integrative approach to the biological sciences and the annual
meeting that has played such an important role in the careers of many
V. Dimock, Jr. (incumbent)
Position: Wake Forest Professor of Biology, Department of
Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
B.A., (cum laude) University of New Hampshire, M.S., Florida State
University, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Experience: Chair, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University
1984-1990; Assistant Professor to Professor 1970-83, named Wake
Forest Professor of Biology 2002 - ; Visiting Professor (summers,
Marine Invertebrate Zoology), Duke University
Marine Laboratory 15 years, 1974-present; Visiting Scientist, MBL,
Woods Hole, 1971; Visiting Scientist (NSF - International Cooperative
Science Program) University of Amsterdam, 1983; Visiting Professor,
University of Sydney, Australia, 1998.
Activities: Member since 1967. Currently Treasurer 2000-2003;
Nominee, Chair, Div. Ecology, 1982; Nominee, Chair, Div. Invert.
Zool., 1987; Nominee, Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, 1994;
Chair, numerous paper sessions.
Memberships: President, American Microscopical Society, 1993;
President, NC Academy of Science, 1985-86; Treasurer, NC Academy of
Science 1987-90; American Malacological Society; North American
Benthological Society; Association of Southeastern Biologists; Sigma
Interests: Physiological ecology, functional morphology and
development of aquatic invertebrates. Current work focuses on early
life history stages of the freshwater mussel family Unionidae, the
largest taxon of endangered or threatened animal species in North
America. We employ video endoscopy, fluorescence/SEM and
physiological techniques to basic questions concerning this poorly
Statement: Having been a member of ASZ/SICB since I was a
beginning graduate student, I understand and appreciate the role and
importance of graduate students and post-docs as the life-blood of
the Society's future. The very encouraging level of participation by
these groups in recent annual meetings underscores the obligation of
SICB to ensure that it remains one of the most comprehensive and
truly integrative professional societies, serving its membership
well. The very favorable financial resources of SICB should be
managed to facilitate on-going and innovative initiatives to insure
the broadest participation of young biologists in the Society, while
maintaining an effective forum for seasoned scientists. I look
forward to helping sustain that effort.
- Lou Burnett
Position: Professor of Biology, Director of the Grice Marine
Laboratory, College of Charleston, South Carolina
College of William and Mary (1973); Ph.D. University of South
Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow: 1978, University of Aarhus,
Denmark; Assistant through Full Professor, University of San Diego,
1978-1991; Dept. Chair, University of San Diego, 1988-1991; Professor
and Dept. Chair, College of Charleston, 1991-1996; Director, Grice
Marine Laboratory, 1991-present.
Activities: Member for over 25 years; Program Officer, Division
of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (1989-1990); Chair,
Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (1993-1995);
associate editor of American Zoologist (1998-1999); currently
a member of the National Organizing Committee for the congress of the
International Union of Physiological Sciences in 2005 in San Diego,
California; currently the International Union of Physiological
Sciences (IUPS) representative for SICB; currently the International
Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), Section of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry, representative for the Division of
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry of SICB; co-organized a
number of different symposia for SICB
Memberships: American Physiological Society; Council on
Undergraduate Research; Estuarine Research Federation; National
Shellfisheries Association; Sigma Xi; Southeastern Estuarine Research
Interests: The environmental physiology of animals; the influence
of environmental variables on the physiology and biochemistry of
animals; the evolution of the transition from water breathing to air
breathing in animals; the effects of environmental variables,
especially hypoxia, hypercapnia, and temperature on disease
resistance in animals.
of Goals: The highly integrative nature of this society played a
significant role in how I viewed the world as a scientist when I
first joined SICB as a graduate student in the 1970's. It is what
keeps me and my students coming back to meetings year after year. I
continue to enjoy serving SICB in various capacities and I believe
that my experiences within the structure of SICB place me in a good
position to contribute to the society’s Executive Committee.
- Jon F. Harrison
Position: Professor, Dept. of Biology, Arizona State University,
Ph.D. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 1987 (Todd T. Gleeson, thesis
advisor); Killam and NSF NATO postdoctoral fellowship, 1987-1990, at
Univ. of British Columbia (John E. Phillips, postdoctoral advisor).
Experience: 1991-present: Assistant Professor - Professor,
Arizona State University; 1999-present: Editorial Board,
Physiological and Biochemical Zoology; 2000: NSF Panel member,
Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology; 2000: Scholander Award
Competition Judge, Division of Comparative Physiology, American
Physiological Society; 2000: Organizer: 21st International
Entomological Congress Symposium on "Spiracular mechanisms:
ultrastructure and physiology"
Activities: 2000-2003: Program Officer, Division of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry; 2000 - 2002: Best Student Paper
Judge, Division of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry; 2003:
Co-Organizer (with Robert Sterner): SICB Cross-Society Symposium on:
"Integrated Research Challenges: Biological Stoichiometry from
Genes to Ecosystems:" for Toronto, 2003 meeting; 1996:
Co-Organizer (with John E. Phillips): SICB Symposium on "Responses
of terrestrial invertebrates to variation in temperature and water
availability: molecular, organismal, and evolutionary approaches"
for Albuquerque, 1996 meeting; 1992: Co-Organizer (with John E.
Phillips): ASZ Symposium on "Insect Acid-Base Regulation"
for Vancouver, 1992 meeting; 1990-91: Nominating Committee, Division
of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, American Society of
Zoologists. Best Student Paper Award, DCPB, 1986; Member since 1982.
nominated for Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences, Arizona State University, 1997-2002; Twice nominated for
Outstanding Advising Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
Arizona State University, 1997-1998; Scholander Award (American
Physiological Society), 1990.
American Physiological Society, Entomological Society of America,
International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Organization for
In general, I am interested in evolutionary and ecological aspects of
animal physiology. Current funded projects are focused on: How does
body size affect the function of insect respiratory systems? What
physiological and behavioral mechanisms are responsible for the
ecological success of invasive African honey bees? Is phosphorus an
ecologically-relevant limiting nutrient for insect herbivores?
I look forward to assisting the Executive Committee in running the
society, and the Program Officers in running the meetings. I feel
that this is an exciting time for integrative biology, and that SICB
is well-placed to grow and serve an increasingly important leadership
function at the national and international level.