Current Committees

The International Biogeography Society is full of engaged volunteers from our membership base, who work with board members on active committees.   Interested in helping out in these or other committees in the future?  Contact us!

  • Sandra Nogué (VP of Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Julia Heinen (Student at Large)
  • Crystal McMichael (VP of Conferences)
  • Alvaro Castilla-Beltrán
  • Kostas Triantis (Chair) email
  • Uma Ramakrishnan (Co-Chair) email
  • TBA (Continental coordinator for North America)
  • Chris Simon (Continental coordinator for Australasia)  contact
  • Zhiheng Wang (Continental coordinator for Asia) contact
  • Thiago Rangel (Continental coordinator for South America) contact
  • George Stevens (ex officio) email
  • Sandra Nogué (ex officio, communications)
  • Crystal McMichael (ex officio, conferences)
  • Julia Heinen (Chair [Student-at-large])
  • George Stevens (ex officio) email
  • George Stevens (Chair [Treasurer])
  • Kathy Willis [President]
  • Joel Cracraft
  • Sam Scheiner
  • Lois Alexander


Robert J. Whittaker (Editor-in-Chief)

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Island biogeography; conservation biogeography; diversity theory, macroecology


Joaquín Hortal (Deputy Editor)

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales (CSIC), Spain
macroecology; community ecology; island biogeography; insect ecology; biodiversity

Cascade Sorte @CascadeJBS

University of California, Irvine, USA
marine ecology; global change; invasions

Richard Field @r_field1

University of Nottingham, UK
biodiversity; biogeography; macroecology; island biogeography; gradients; conservation

Associate Editors:

Jan Beck

University of Basel, Switzerland & University of Colorado Boulder, USA
biodiversity; macroecology; abundance & distribution; assemblages; gradients; modelling; informatics & statistics

Chris Burridge
University of Tasmania, Australia
marine; biogeography; population genetics; landscape genetics; molecular phylogenetics

Marcus V. Cianciaruso
Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil
community ecology; functional ecology; biodiversity; traits; phylogeny; environment; scales

Regan Early
University of Exeter, Centre for Ecology and Evolution, UK
species range shifts; invasive species; biotic interactions; crop pests

Roy Erkens
Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
plant systematics; biogeography; speciation; molecular phylogenetics; Neotropics

Kenneth Feeley @kjfeeley
University of Miami, USA
tropical ecosystems; plant species distributions; diversity patterns; forest dynamics; species range shifts

Susanne Fritz
Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt, Germany
evolutionary biology; macroevolution; diversity patterns; niche evolution; diversification; trait evolution

Dan Gavin
University of Oregon, USA
paleoecology (vegetation & ecosystems); Pleistocene refugia; western North America; Southeast Asia

Lawrence R. Heaney

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
islands; Philippines; mammals; historical biogeography; elevational diversity gradients; island biogeography theory

Matthew J. Heard
Belmont University, USA
extinction; plants; animals; species invasions; infectious disease; climate change; evolution; science policy & communication

Xiaolei Huang
Biological Control Research Institute, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China
biodiversity patterns; ecology; evolution; phylogenetics; genomics; bioinformatics

David G. Jenkins
University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA
metacommunity ecology; macroecology; dispersal; diversity; distributions; local-regional; wetlands

Sally A. Keith

Lancaster University, UK

book reviews; coral reefs; marine biogeography; dispersal; interactions

Frank A. La Sorte
Cornell Lab of Ornithology, USA
macroecology; biogeography; global change; conservation; birds

Richard Ladle
Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil and Oxford University, UK
conservation biogeography; islands

Jonathan Lenoir @EkoLogit
Université de Picardie Jules Verne (CNRS-UPJV), France
climate change; macroecology; species redistribution

Mark V. Lomolino
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA
biogeography; ecology; evolution; conservation; islands; mountains; fragments

Carsten Meyer @carstmey
German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Germany
biodiversity data; land use; conservation biogeography; macroecological patterns and drivers; human macroecology; species distributions; monitoring; productivity

Willem Renema
Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands
marine biodiversity; foraminifera; coral reef ecosystems; paleoecology; global change; Cenozoic diversity patterns

Núria Roura-Pascual
Universitat de Girona, Spain
conservation; biogeography; ecology; governance; public understanding of science

Lauren Schiebelhut @LMSchiebelhut
University of California, Davis, USA
marine; population genetics; genomics; dispersal; echinoderms

Spyros Sfenthourakis
University of Cyprus, Cyprus
island biogeography; terrestrial invertebrates; Mediterranean; phylogeography

Tara M. Smiley @taramagnolia
Indiana University, USA
paleoecology; biogeography; paleobiology; landscape dynamics; stable isotopes; mammals

Christoph Thebaud
University of Toulouse, France
community assembly; evolutionary dynamics; speciation; plants; birds; islands; hybrid zones; Indian Ocean; Pyrenees; New Guinea; molecular systematics; population genetics

Peter Unmack
University of Canberra, Australia
freshwater; phylogeography; phylogeny; historical biogeography; SNPs; deserts; spring ecosystems

Marten Winter
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Halle, Germany
macroecology; mammals; conservation; wildlife ecology; invasions; policy

Alexandra Zieritz
University of Nottingham, UK, Malaysia
freshwater; invertebrates; tropics; Asia; invasion; conservation

Advisory Board:

David J. Currie
Biology Department, University of Ottawa, Canada
macroecology; biodiversity; climate; species distributions; prediction

Carsten Rahbek
Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark
macroecology; community ecology; biogeography; conservation; biodiversity

David M. Richardson
Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany & Zoology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
macroecology; mammals; conservation; wildlife ecology; invasions; policy

Ex Officio

Sandra Nogue

IBS Vice President for Public Affairs & Communications

Assistant Editor:

Nagore G. Medina

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
biodiversity; biogeography; ecology; plant; bryophytes; scales

  • David Nogues-Bravo (Chair – Alfred Russel Wallace Award [VP of Development & Awards])
  • David Nogues-Bravo (Chair – Alfred Russel Wallace Award [VP of Development & Awards])
  • Dov Sax (Chair [Past President])  email
  • Uma Ramakrishnan [Director-at-Large] email
  • Kostas Triantis [Director-at-Large] email

Local Committee

  • Jonathan Davies (UBC, Vancouver, Canada) – Organizer
  • Arne Mooers (SFU, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Dolph Schluter (UBC, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Sally Otto (UBC, Vancouver, Canada)
  • Mike Whitlock (UBC, Vancouver, Canada)


  • Seda Akkurt (Celal Bayar University, Turkey)
  • Lois Alexander (College of Southern Nevada, NV, USA)
  • Matthew Biddick (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)
  • Temitope Israel Borokini (University of Nevada-Reno, USA)
  • Nina Curcic (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia)
  • Jenny McGuire (Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Crystal McMichael (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Douglas Merkler (USGS (retired), NV, USA)
  • Francesc Mesquita-Joanes (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • Sandra Nogué (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Pedro Peres-Neto (Concordia University, Canada)
  • Trevor Price (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Uma Ramakrishnan (National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), India)
  • Roberto Rozzi (Museum für Naturkunde, Germany)
  • Marta Rueda (Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain)
  • Kalle Ruokolainen (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Zehao Shen (Peking University, China)
  • Adam Smith (MOBOT, USA)
  • Allison Stegner (Stanford University, USA)
  • Manuel Steinbauer (University of Bayreuth, Germany)
  • Alycia Stigall (Ohio University, USA)
  • Shirin Taheri (National Museum of Natural Sciences (CSIC), Spain)
  • Sara Varela (Museum für Naturkunde, Germany)
  • J. Eric Williams (UC Merced, USA)
  • Niklaus Zimmerman (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Switzerland)
  • Mark V. Lomolino (SUNY-ESF, USA) – Chair
  • Carl Beierkuhnlein (U. Bayreuth, Germany)
  • David Bravo Nogues (NHM, Denmark)
  • Michael Douglas (U. Oklahoma, USA)
  • Mario Mairal (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
  • Leticia Ochoa Ochoa (UNAM, Mexico)
  • George Roderick (U Berkeley, USA)