ESA Living Past Presidents

The Governing Board of ESA established the Past Presidents 2015 Committee in 2011, with Jean Langenheim as Chair, to assist in preparations for the Centennial.

One of their major projects was this timeline. It covers the terms of living past presidents from 1968 to 2014, but includes photos of the deceased presidents within this time frame. Each living president was asked to provide a photo of their choice and to encapsulate in a brief statement what they consider to be the most significant accomplishment or event during their tenure in office. In a separate document the presidents were asked to reflect on other important events, positive and/or negative, during their presidency. The form of their responses varied but are available here as “their stories.” These reflections from living past presidents contribute a special perspective for understanding actions of leaders of the Society and changes in viewpoints over the years. (Click "Find out more" to access these reflections.);xNLx;;xNLx;This timeline has been prepared with assistance from Sally White, Chair of the Website Subcommittee for the Historical Records Committee.;xNLx;

1967-08-01 00:00:00

Early ESA Presidents

Presidents before 1968 are reviewed in a separate timeline.

1968-08-01 00:00:00

John Edward Cantlon

Ecology bridges humanity to sustainable environment

1969-08-01 00:00:00

Edward Smith Deevey Jr.

December 3, 1914 - November 29, 1988

1970-08-01 00:00:00

Frederick Herbert Bormann

Involving ESA in environmental policy and education

1971-08-01 00:00:00

Stanley Irving Auerbach

May 21, 1921 - May 1, 2004

1972-08-01 00:00:00

Robert Baxter Platt

January 19, 1913 - March 11, 1998

1973-08-01 19:34:05

Frederick Edward Smith

July 23, 1920 - April 14, 2012

1974-08-01 19:34:05

Richard Samuel Miller

July 24, 1922 - October 12, 1990

1975-08-01 11:51:27

Forest Walden Stearns

September 10, 1918 - September 8, 1999

1976-08-01 19:34:05

Frank Benjamin Golley

September 24, 1930 -October 8, 2006

1977-08-01 19:34:05

George Masters Woodwell

Ecologists Rise to Support Environment Laws

1978-08-01 17:34:33

William Dwight Billings

December 29, 1910 - January 4, 1997

1979-08-01 00:00:00

Robert Treat Paine

Initiated funding for MacArthur Award

1980-08-01 00:00:00

Arthur Wells Cooper

Call for action on Washington Public Affairs office

1981-08-01 00:00:00

Gene Elden Likens

Washington Public Affairs Office approved

1982-08-01 00:00:00

Lawrence Carroll Bliss

Washington Public Affairs Office placed in operation

1983-08-01 19:34:05

Francis Cope Evans

December 2, 1914 - August 16, 2002

1984-08-01 00:00:00

Paul Gillan Risser

Ecological literacy

1985-08-01 00:00:00

Richard Bruce Root

Unity in diversity of ecological knowledge

1986-08-01 00:00:00

Jean Harmon Langenheim

Recognition of women ecologists

1987-08-03 02:00:17

Margaret Bryan Davis

Established Education Section

1988-08-01 03:02:37

Harold A. Mooney

Initiated Sustainable Biosphere Initiative (SBI) process & publication of Ecological Applications approved

1989-08-01 00:00:00

Dennis Hal Knight

75th Anniversary endowment

1990-08-01 00:00:00

Simon Asher Levin

Fostered SBI and launched Ecological Applications

1991-08-01 00:00:00

H. Ronald Pulliam

Engaging ESA in public policy

1992-08-01 19:34:05

Jane Lubchenco

Sustainable Biosphere Initiative

1993-08-01 00:00:00

Jerry Forest Franklin

Planning and implementing change in ESA organizational structure

1994-08-01 00:00:00

Judy Lynn Meyer

Consolidating ESA offices in Washington DC and starting an ESA homepage

1995-08-01 07:00:54

Gordon Howell Orians

Operational improvements in Washington Executive Office

1996-08-06 15:45:47

James Hemphill Brown

Hiring Katherine McCarter

1997-08-01 00:00:00

James A. MacMahon

Getting us rebalanced for a financially safe future

1998-08-01 13:03:23

Katherine Lynn Gross

Continued transition: focus on publications

1999-08-01 13:03:23

Diana Harrison Wall

Positioning ESA as an Environmental Resource

2000-08-01 05:22:55

Stephen Russell Carpenter

Funding for publication initiatives

2001-08-01 03:51:16

Pamela Anne Matson

Developed Frontiers in Ecology & Environment & Visions Initiative

2002-08-01 13:03:23

Ann Marie Bartuska

Strengthening the role of non-academic ecologists in ESA

2003-08-01 15:20:47

William Harrison Schlesinger

Launching Annual fund for Millennium

2004-08-01 12:30:14

Jerry Michael Melillo

Championed engagement of ecologists in global change issues

2005-08-01 12:30:14

Nancy Beth Grimm

Promoting diversity in our science and our membership

2006-08-01 16:40:28

Alan Paul Covich

Expanding our regional, national and international outreach

2007-08-01 05:22:55

Norman LeRoy Christensen, Jr.

Regularizing ESA finances and budget

2008-08-01 19:34:05

Alison Gail Power

Long-range planning initiative

2009-08-01 12:30:14

Mary Eleanor Power

Launched Earth Stewardship Initiative

2010-08-01 12:30:14

F Stuart Chapin III

Advanced the Earth Stewardship Initiative

2011-08-01 12:30:14

Steward T.A. Pickett

Continuing Earth Stewardship: Next Generation Committee

2012-08-01 02:31:48

Scott Collins

Dealing with open access publishing

2013-08-01 02:31:48

Jill Baron

First Earth Stewardship Demonstration Project

2014-08-01 02:31:48

David Inouye

Moving ESA Journals to a New Publisher

2015-08-01 00:00:00

Monica Turner

Strengthening Membership, Adapting to Change

2016-08-01 03:44:46

David Lodge

ESA Living Past Presidents

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