Past Presidents Addresses

After their term is up, presidents of the ESA give a speech. Originally a “President’s Address,” this task later became a primary project of the outgoing Past President. Addresses are given at the Annual ESA Meeting one year after the president leaves office and two years after a president takes office. They are published in the ESA Bulletin the following December.

The Past Presidents Addresses provide interesting perspective on events of the times, whether addressing broad environmental concerns of society, or specific challenges of ESA. Because these became demanding on the time of Past Presidents, they were discontinued in 2000 by Kay Gross; she became the last Past President to prepare one. However, the ESA bylaws still state that “The Past President shall deliver an address to the membership at the Annual Meeting.”

The available speeches are listed in the table below. The year column reflects not the year the address was given but the year the individual began his or her term as President.

Start yearFull NameAddress LocationPast President's Address
1916Victor Ernest Shelford
1917Ellsworth Huntington
1918Henry Chandler Cowles
1919Barrington Moore
1920Barrington Moore
1921Stephen Alfred Forbes
1922Forrest Shreve
1923Charles Christopher Adams
1924Edgar Nelson Transeau
1925Arthur Sperry Pearse
1926John William Harshberger
1927Chancey Juday
1928Homer Leroy Shantz
1929Warder Clyde Allee
1930John Ernst Weaver
1931Asa Orrin Weese
1932George Elwood Nichols
1933Edwin Booth Powers
1934George Damon Fuller
1935Walter Penn Taylor
1936William Skinner Cooper
1937Robert Ervin Coker
1938Herbert Christian Hanson
1939Charles Taylor Vorhies
1940Francis Ramaley
1941Alfred Edwards Emerson
1942Clarence Ferdinand Korstian
1943Orlando Park
1944Robert Fiske Griggs
1945Alfred Clarence Redfield
1946John Mulvaney Aikman
1947Rand Aldo Leopold
1948Paul Bigelow Sears
1949Zeno Payne Metcalf
1950Emma Lucy Braun
1951Samuel Charles Kendeigh
1952Frank Caleb Gates
1953Lee Raymond Dice
1954John Ernest Potzger
1955William John Hamilton Jr.
1956Henry John Oosting
1957William Albert Dreyer
1958Stanley Adair Cain
1959Thomas ParkOk St U, Oklahoma; August 1960Thomas Park. An Ecologist's View. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 42, No. 1 (Mar., 1961), pp. 4-10
1960Charles Edward Olmsted
1961Arthur Davis Hasler
1962Murray Fife Buell
1963William Franklin Blair
1964John Frederick Reed
1965Eugene Pleasants Odum
1966Bostwick Hawley Ketchum
1967Rexford F. Daubenmire
1968LaMont Cook Cole
1968John Edward CantlonU Vt, Vermont; August 1970
1969Edward Smith Deevey Jr.
1970Frederick Herbert BormannMinneapolis, Minnesota; August 1972
1971Stanley Irving AuerbachU Ma, Massachusetts; June 1973
1972Robert Baxter PlattTempe, Arizona; June 1974
1973Frederick Edward SmithCorvallis, Oregon; August 1975
1974Richard Samuel MillerNew Orleans, Louisiana; June 1976
1975Forest Walden StearnsEast Lansing, Michigan; August 1977
1976Frank Benjamin GolleyAthens, Georgia; August 1978
1977George Masters WoodwellStillwater, Oklahoma; August 1979G. M. Woodwell. Ecology 1979. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 60, No. 4 (Dec., 1979), pp. 190-195
1978William Dwight BillingsTucson, Arizona; August 1980W. D. Billings. American Deserts and Their Mountains: An Ecological Frontier. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 61, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 203-209
1979Robert Treat PaineBloomington, Indiana; August 1981R.T. Paine. Truth in Ecology. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 62, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 256-258
1980Arthur Wells CooperState College, Pennsylvania; August 1982Arthur W. Cooper. Why Doesn't Anyone Listen to Ecologists And What Can ESA Do about It?. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 63, No. 4 (Dec., 1982), pp. 348-356
1981Gene Elden LikensGrand Forks, North Dakota; August 1983Gene E. Likens. A Priority for Ecological Research. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 64, No. 4 (Dec., 1983), pp. 234-243
1982Lawrence Carroll BlissFort Collins, Colorado; August 1984L. C. Bliss. Ecologists Need to Increase Their Involvement in Society. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 65, No. 4 (Dec., 1984), pp. 439-444
1983Francis Cope EvansMinneapolis, Minnesota; June 1985Francis C. Evans. In Praise of Natural History. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 66, No. 4 (Dec., 1985), pp. 455-460
1984Paul Gillan RisserSyracuse, New York; August 1986Paul G. Risser. Ecological Literacy. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 67, No. 4 (Dec., 1986), pp. 264-270
1985Richard Bruce RootColumbus, Ohio; August 1987Richard B. Root. The Challenge of Increasing Information and Specialization. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 68, No. 5 (Dec., 1987), pp. 538-543
1986Jean Harmon LangenheimDavis, California, August 1988Jean H. Langenheim. The Path and Progress of American Women Ecologists. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 69, No. 4 (Dec., 1988), pp. 184-197
1987Margaret Bryan DavisToronto, Canada, August 1989Margaret B. Davis. Insights from Paleoecology on Global Change. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 70, No. 4 (Dec., 1989), pp. 222-228
1988Harold A. MooneySnowbird, Utah, August 1990H. A. Mooney. Toward the Study of the Earth's Metabolism. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 71, No. 4 (Dec., 1990), pp. 221-228
1989Dennis Hal KnightSan Antonio, Texas, August 1991Dennis H. Knight. Congressional Incentives for Landscape Research. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 72, No. 4 (Dec., 1991), pp. 195-203
1990Simon Asher LevinHonolulu, Hawaii, August 1992Simon A. Levin. Sustaining Ecological Research. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 73, No. 4 (Dec., 1992), pp. 213-218
1991H. Ronald PulliamMadison, Wisconsin; August 1993H. Ronald Pulliam and Nick M. Haddad. Human Population Growth and the Carrying Capacity Concept. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 75, No. 3 (Sep., 1994), pp. 141-157
1992Jane LubchencoKnoxville, Tennessee; August 1994
1993Jerry Forest FranklinSnowbird, Utah, August 1995
1994Judy Lynn MeyerProvidence, Rhode Island; August 1996Judy L. Meyer. Beyond Gloom and Doom: Ecology for the Future. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 77, No. 4 (Oct., 1996), pp. 199-205
1995Gordon Howell OriansAlbuquerque, New Mexico; August 1997Gordon H. Orians. Human Behavioral Ecology: 140 Years without Darwin Is Too Long. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 79, No. 1 (Jan., 1998), pp. 15-28
1996James Hemphill BrownBaltimore, Maryland; August 1998
1997James A. MacMahonSpokane, Washington; August 1999
1998Katherine Lynn GrossSnowbird, Utah; August 2000Katherine L. Gross. It's a Good Time to Get Involved: Perspectives on the ESA, from Aldo Leopold to Today. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 82, No. 2 (Apr., 2001), pp. 112-118
1999Diana Harrison Wall
2000Stephen Russell Carpenter
2001Pamela Anne Matson
2002Ann Marie Bartuska
2003William Harrison Schlesinger
2004Jerry Michael Melillo
2005Nancy Beth Grimm
2006Alan Paul Covich
2007Norman LeRoy Christensen Jr.
2008Alison Gail Power
2009Mary Eleanor Power
2010Francis Stuart Chapin III
2011Steward T.A. Pickett
2012Scott L. Collins
2013Jill Spann Baron
2014David William Inouye
2015Monica Turner
1958Frank William Preston
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