ESA Early Past Presidents

The Governing Board established the Past Presidents 2015 Committee in 2011 to assist in preparations for the Centennial.

Chaired by Jean Langenheim, the committee decided to develop a living past presidents timeline as a way of presenting the personal recollections of each president about the major issues and developments during their term in office. This timeline, still under development, covers the period 1968 to the present. Progress can be viewed at Living Past Presidents' Timeline. ;xNLx;;xNLx;Subsequently, the Past Presidents Committee agreed that a similar timeline could be developed for earlier presidents, using historical records as an indication of the issues and developments faced by the officers from 1916 to 1967.;xNLx;;xNLx;This 1926 photo shows 16 of ESA’s founding members. To identify people in the photo, see the ESA History website. ;xNLx;;xNLx;

Barrington Moore (1883-1966)

Identifying areas important for study

Chancey Juday (1871-1944)

Quantitative studies are encouraged

Victor Ernest Shelford (1877-1968)

Natural areas and field trips are important

Ellsworth Huntington (1876-1947)

Defining the qualifications for membership

Stephen Alfred Forbes (1844-1930)

Ecology for the benefit of human welfare

Henry Chandler Cowles (1869-1939)

ESA joins the National Research Council

Forrest Shreve (1878-1950)

Affiliation with other biological sciences

Charles Christopher Adams (1873-1955)

Resolution to protect Glacier Bay

Edgar Nelson Transeau (1875-1960)

Promotion of national parks and monuments

Arthur Sperry Pearse (1877-1956)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Americas published

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