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.

YearLast NameAddress LocationPast President's Address
1916Shelford
1917Huntington
1918Cowles
1919Moore
1920Moore
1921Forbes
1922Shreve
1923Adams
1924Transeau
1925Pearse
1926Harshberger
1927Juday
1928Shantz
1929Allee
1930Weaver
1931Weese
1932Nichols
1933Powers
1934Fuller
1935Taylor
1936Cooper
1937Coker
1938Hanson
1939Vorhies
1940Ramaley
1941Emerson
1942Korstian
1943Park
1944Griggs
1945Redfield
1946Aikman
1947Leopold
1948Sears
1949Metcalf
1950Braun
1951Kendeigh
1952Gates
1953Dice
1954Potzger
1955Hamilton
1956Oosting
1957Dreyer
1958Cain
1959ParkOk 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
1960Olmstead
1961Hasler
1962Buell
1963Blair
1964Reed
1965Odum
1966Ketchum
1967Daubenmire
1968Cole
1968-69CantlonU Vt, Vermont; August 1970
1969-70Deevey
1970-71BormannMinneapolis, Minnesota; August 1972
1971-72AuerbachU Ma, Massachusetts; June 1973
1972-73PlattTempe, Arizona; June 1974
1973-74SmithCorvallis, Oregon; August 1975
1974-75MillerNew Orleans, Louisiana; June 1976
1975-76StearnsEast Lansing, Michigan; August 1977
1976-77GolleyAthens, Georgia; August 1978
1977-78WoodwellStillwater, Oklahoma; August 1979G. M. Woodwell. Ecology 1979. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 60, No. 4 (Dec., 1979), pp. 190-195
1978-79BillingsTucson, 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
1979PaineBloomington, Indiana; August 1981R.T. Paine. Truth in Ecology. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 62, No. 4 (Dec., 1981), pp. 256-258
1980CooperState 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
1981LikensGrand 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
1982BlissFort 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
1983EvansMinneapolis, 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
1984RisserSyracuse, New York; August 1986Paul G. Risser. Ecological Literacy. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 67, No. 4 (Dec., 1986), pp. 264-270
1985RootColumbus, 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
1986LangenheimDavis, 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
1987DavisToronto, 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
1988MooneySnowbird, 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
1989KnightSan 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
1990LevinHonolulu, Hawaii, August 1992Simon A. Levin. Sustaining Ecological Research. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America Vol. 73, No. 4 (Dec., 1992), pp. 213-218
1991PulliamMadison, 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
1992LubchencoKnoxville, Tennessee; August 1994
1993FranklinSnowbird, Utah, August 1995
1994MeyerProvidence, 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
1995OriansAlbuquerque, 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
1996BrownBaltimore, Maryland; August 1998
1997MacMahonSpokane, Washington; August 1999
1998GrossSnowbird, 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
1999Wall
2000Carpenter
2001Matson
2002Bartuska
2003Schlesinger
2004Melillo
2005Grimm
2006Covich
2007Christensen
2008Power
2009Power
2010Chapin
2011Pickett
2012Collins
2013Baron
2014Inouye
1958Preston
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