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 (112 Posts)

Alex is committed to a life of inspiring others to view science through a more dynamic and empowering lens. Alex obtained her M.Sc. in Chemical Ecology from San Diego State University and most recently resided as a Science Programs Manager and Marine Scientist for the National Park Service. As an ecologist, storyteller, and community engager, she has spanned critical boundaries between stakeholders in education, academia, non-profit, and government to translate the most current scientific bodies of work in ways that are accessible and inclusive. She is a strong proponent of unconventional science communication and extending the broader impacts of science to the public using the outlets of art, digital media, education, and citizen science. Currently, Alex works at the interface of climate resilience and community with the Climate Science Alliance. As Deputy Director for the Alliance, her hope is that through her work and experience she can get the world to think differently about how we connect and impact the thriving ecosystem around us and commit to fostering a more resilient future.