Society of Systematic Biologists

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Society of Systematic Biologists
Formation December 29, 1947

The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) started as the Society of Systematic Zoology in 1947. A temporary constitution was adopted at the first meeting on 28 December 1947. The updated "biologists" organization (from "zoology") become incorporated on August 9th, 1971.[1][2]


The Society of Systematic Biologists is a non-profit organization for the advancement of the science of systematic biology. Members of the organization and its publication, Systematic Biology (formally known as Systematic Zoology) work on the theory, principles, methodology, and practice of systematics involving living and fossil organisms.[3] The organization is involved in projects aimed at the study and classification of biodiversity, such as the Systematics Agenda 2000.[4] The Systematics Agenda 2000 was initiated in conjunction with the SSB by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Willi Hennig Society.[5] The mission of the Systematics Agenda 2000 involving the SSB continues. [6]


The society published the journal titled Systematic Zoology from 1952-1991, which was renamed Systematic Biology.


  1. ^ "Society of Systematic Biologists legal documents" (pdf). Society of Systematic Biologsts. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Society of Systematic Biologists governance". Society of Systematic Biologsts. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Society of Systematic Biologists: Constitution of the society of systematic biologists". Society of Systematic Biologsts. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Claridge, M. F. (1995). "Primary Title: Introducing systematics Agenda 2000". Biodiversity and Conservation 4 (5): 451–454. doi:10.1007/BF00056335. 
  5. ^ Butler, D.; Gee, H.; Macilwain, C. (1998). "Museum research comes off list of endangered species". Nature 394 (6689): 115–117. doi:10.1038/28009. 
  6. ^ Daly, M.; Herendeen, P. S.; Guralnick, R. P.; Westneat, M. W.; McDade, L. (2012). "Systematics Agenda 2020: The Mission Evolves". Syst Biol 61 (4): 549–552. doi:10.1093/sysbio/sys044. 

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