Call for ASN Graduate Student Representatives

The American Society of Naturalists Graduate Student Council is inviting applications for two new graduate student representatives to join us. As a member of the Graduate Council you have the chance to participate in many of the workings of a society and interact with many of the great researchers who are members of the ASN. The ASN is committed to developing a variety of initiatives to provide more valuable services to its student members. We take part in several committees that include choosing ASN-sponsored workshops, helping choose winners of the annual student grant, organizing student events at conferences, and running the website for grad student ASN members. Each year we seek two new members to join for a 3-year term. We are also open to new roles or ideas for things you think the Grad Council could do to encourage student involvement and interaction among researchers to further the core goals of the Society (integration across the biological sciences). If you are interested in joining, send an email to Kim Gilbert at kgilbert{at}zoology{dot}ubc{dot}ca by October 15 with the subject line “ASN GC application” and attach a single pdf document containing your CV and a short paragraph (less than 1 page) about what you hope to contribute or why you want to join the grad council.

First ASN Featured Grad: Carlos Bustos

Carlos Bustos is an evolutionary ecologist interested in how intraspecific interactions influence the evolution of organisms.  For his PhD at Australian National University, he is focusing on how intraspecific plant chemical variation affects interaction with herbivores at different biological levels.  Carlos has experience working with a range of plant species (including Datura stramoniumBrassica oleracea and Melaleuca alternifolia), and from completing a Master’s degree at UNAM in Mexico where he studied the rapid evolution of plant defenses in a contemporary population. Carlos is excited about continuing his ecological research with scientists from around the world (so please introduce yourself if you see him at an upcoming meeting!) and also about playing a role in the growing Latin American scientific community.