Last Name: Eva, First Name: Greatest


Photo credits: Western Society of Naturalists/Andrea Dingeldein

This year marked the 100th Anniversary of the Western Society of Naturalist (WSN) meeting. An organization developed in 1910, WSN is the second oldest natural history society on the West Coast of the U.S. Every year since 1916, they have held a sort of science shin-dig as it were that has seen the likes of some of the most renowned ecologists in the field.

In celebration of a century of science and nerd-dom, 2016 WSN President Dr. Jay Stachowicz called on the help of the Society to (somewhat scientifically) compile an epic list of top 100 Most Influential Papers to Ecology. The Greatest Eva.

Over 450 papers were submitted to the bucket and out of those, 100 rose to the top of the salty brine. Check out the full list HERE. Unsurprisingly, Darwin’s Origin of the Species reigned supreme.

Also, if you are as cool as I am (I love data yes I do) and want to know how J.Stach sorted through it all… like any fine, upstanding Ecologist he laid out his methods and the caveats of his study HERE.

Let us know in the comments section what you would add to the list. Have any of our readers read all of these?

Alex Warneke (111 Posts)

Alex currently resides as a Science Communicator for the National Park Service, where she inspires thousands a year to love the watery world. Alex earned her Masters degree in chemical ecology from San Diego State University investigating the effects of heavy metal pollutants on the chemical communication between organisms. In her “free time,” Alex enjoys convincing the public that Ecology is indeed sexy. With that goal, she is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the general public using the outlets of film and social media. When she is not busy busting a move or filming her next rap video, she can normally be found frolicking through the California kelp forest.