The International Biogeography Society has three goals:
1. Foster communication and collaboration among biogeographers in disparate academic fields
2. Promote the training and education of biogeographers
3. Increase awareness and interest in the contributions of biogeographers
Are you interested in biogeography and would you like to help the society accomplish its goals? To do this you should do three things.
First, if you are not a member, joint IBS - Membership is a bargain at $40.00 per year ($30.00 per year for students). In addition to supporting the society, becoming a member of IBS provides several personal advantages: 1) the opportunity to participate in international meetings of the Society, 2) discounts (up to 20%) on books published in association with IBS, 3) free online access to four of Blackwell Publishing's journals: Journal of Biogeography, Global Ecology & Biogeography, Diversity & Distributions, and Ecography, all journals covering aspects of biogeography and ecology, and 4) a 20% discount on access to two additional Blackwell Publishing journals: Journal of Avian Biology and Oikos.
Second, check out the website (http://www.biogeography.org/) and see what you might like to be involved with. Possibly helping with meetings, hosting an off-year meeting, serving on a committee, judging posters, recruiting new members, or even nominating someone for the Alfred Russel Wallace Award.
Finally, contact me or any member of the board and tell us what you are interested in doing for IBS or we can perhaps suggest something. We can always use someone to help stuff flyers in meeting packets!
Cheers, V. A. Funk, President IBS