The Society of Systematic Biologists advances the science of systematic biology in all its aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice, for both living and fossil organisms, with emphasis on areas of common interest to all systematic biologists regardless of individual specialization.
Chris Simon Wins the 2020 SSB Presidents' Award!
Dr. Chris Simon, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, was recognized by the 2020 President (Erika Edwards), Past President (Cécile Ané), and President Elect (Laura Kubatko) with the 2020 Presidents' Award!
Dr. Simon is widely recognized as the worldwide expert on cicadas, including both periodical cicadas of North America and the cicadas of New Zealand and Australia. This award acknowledges Dr. Simon's outstanding research contributions to the field of molecular phylogenetics and systematics, efforts to promote and engage with community scientists and outreach, and her years of dedicated service to the Society of Systematic Biologists. Dr. Simon was presented this award at the 2021 Virtual Evolution Meeting.
Announcing The Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists
We are pleased to announce that the Society of Systematic Biologists is launching a new journal on May 1st, 2021. The Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists (BSSB) will be published in collaboration with the Library Publishing Coalition at The Ohio State University Libraries. This innovative partnership will enable us to publish open access articles at a minimal cost to members of the Society of Systematic Biologists. Two issues are planned in 2021 for Volume 1 (July, December) and up to four issues will be included in Volume 2 the following year. Articles will be published without article processing charges (APCs) for SSB members.
The Bulletin of the Society of Systematic Biologists will publish manuscripts that advance our understanding of the Earth's biodiversity, with a special focus on investigations that describe how species are related (i.e., phylogeny), identified (e.g., species delimitation, morphometrics, taxonomic practice), or have evolved (e.g., phylogeography, biogeography, phylogenetic comparative methods). BSSB will also publish manuscripts that advance the theory or methods used in data analysis. Manuscripts will be evaluated on two criteria: the quality of the science and their contribution to our collective understanding of the focal species or clade. BSSB aims to publish investigations that utilize state of the art data analyses and high-quality data sets to achieve these goals.
Code of Conduct
We have a code of conduct at all our meetings; we encourage reporting of issues to members of the joint meeting council or members of our executive committee. All three societies are dedicated to making the meeting a welcoming place to all with no discrimination or harassment. To this end, we have created a form to aggregate the useful suggestions that have come in so far. To provide a suggestion, go here. To see the suggestions so far, please go here (SSB does not vet or approve of these suggestions -- we're merely aggregating them now for future discussion). Note that the form has been populated with public suggestions proposed on Twitter and Facebook so far (though the comments were made associated with names, it's not clear that people want their name associated, so only the first initial is included -- if you want your name included, please contact Brian O'Meara). We'll be doing more moving forward -- this is just a rapid response to capture ideas while they're fresh