Biogeography, the study
of the geography of life, has a long and distinguished history, and
one interwoven with that of ecology and evolutionary biology. Traditionally
viewed as the study of geographic distributions, modern biogeography
now explores a great diversity of patterns in the geographic variation
of nature from physiological, morphological and genetic variation
among individuals and populations to differences in the diversity and
composition of biotas along geographic gradients. Given its interdisciplinary
and integrative nature, biogeography is now broadly recognized as a
unifying field that provides a holistic understanding of the relationships
between the earth and its biota. Our abilities to develop more general
theories of the diversity of life, and to conserve biological diversity
may well rest on insights from the field of biogeography. Therefore,
the International Biogeography Society (IBS) was founded in 2001, and incorporated as a non-profit
organization in 2002, with the following mission:
The IBS makes two awards at the biennial international conference, the Alfred Russel Wallace Award, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding contributions in biogeography, and the MacArthur & Wilson Award, recognizing a notable, innovative contribution to biogeography. The society also may mark an occasion by awarding a Lifetime Honorary Membership.
The IBS also makes a periodic award for the best doctoral dissertation, as judged from thesis abstracts submitted to Frontiers of Biogeography.
In addition, the society is developing initiatives to award IBS conference travel grants, give gifts of membership, and support events promoting biogeography. Special opportunities will be announced in the future to the extent that available resources allow.
IBS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES