Leadership is our rock

Leaders are our foundation and help chart our course...

The view from Glacier Point in Yosemite Valley, California, United States. Credit: David Iliff *

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Who We Are

Our Leadership

Our non-profit association is made up of 118 societies and organization members that individually and collectivity advance the biological sciences.

To lead the way, we rely on talented and experienced people in management, advisory, and director roles.

Board of Directors

In accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws, AIBS is governed by a board of directors that is elected each year. (We also have an ethics policy which governs our actions.)


  1. Member of the Executive Committee
  2. Board Executive Committee Representative
  3. Committee Chair
  4. Ex-officio


President, 2019-2020
Charles Fenster1
South Dakota State University

Vice President, 2020-2021
Judith Skog1
George Mason University

Secretary, 2020-2022
Steward T. A. Pickett1
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Treasurer, 2019-2020
Michael G. Cato1
Bowdoin College

Board Members Elected by the Board

John Burris, 2019-2021
Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Herbert De'Broski, 2020-2022
University of Pennsylvania

Eric S. Nagy, 2019-2021
University of Virginia

Richard Nakamura, 2020-2022
National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Mental Health (Retired)

Kathie Olsen, 2020-2022
KLO International

Clifton Poodry, 2019-2021
University of Oregon

Muriel Poston, 2019-2021
Pitzer College

Board Members Elected by the AIBS Council of Member Societies and Organizations

Gabriela Chavarria, 2019-2021
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Krissa Skogen, 2020-2022
Chicago Botanic Garden

Pamela S Soltis, 2019-2021
University of Florida

Michael Willig, 2020-2022
University of Connecticut

Board Members Elected by the AIBS Individual Membership

Lisa Gaines, 2020-2022
Oregon State University

Raymond Mejia2, 2020-2022
Society for Mathematical Biology; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - National Institutes of Health (Retired)



Our current leadership committees include the Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Public Policy Review Committee, Publications Committee, and the Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development Committee.

AIBS Finance Committee

Michael G. Cato3, Bowdoin College

John Burris, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Charlie Fenster, South Dakota State University

Lisa Gaines, Oregon State University

Judy Skog, George Mason University

AIBS Personnel Committee

Eric Nagy3, University of Virginia

Kathie Olsen, KLO International

Steward T. A. Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

AIBS Public Policy Review Committee

Keith Crandall3, Society of Systematic Biologists

Todd Crowl, Association of Ecosystem Research Centers

Paul Foster, Organization of Biological Field Stations

Thomas Sanger, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology

Al Savitzky, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

Krissa Skogen, Botanical Society of America

Andrea Sweigart, Society for the Study of Evolution

Kal Tuominen, Botanical Society of America

AIBS Publications Committee

Gabriela Chavarria3, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Jannette Boughman, Michigan State University

Pamela Diggle, University of Connecticut

Raymond Mejia, NIH, Retired

Allen Moore, University of Georgia

Michael Willig, University of Connecticut

Scott Collins4, Editor-in-Chief, BioScience

Charles Fenster4, AIBS President

AIBS Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development Committee

Kathie Olsen3, KLO International

Michael Cato, Bowdoin College

Eric Nagy, Oregon State University

Richard Nakamura, National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Mental Health (Retired)

Michael Willig, University of Connecticut

Ad-Hoc Committees

Ad-hoc committees are formed at the Board President’s discretion for a period of twelve months. Current ad-hoc commitees include: