The Association for Tropical Biology (ATB) was founded in 1963 to promote research and to foster the exchange of ideas among biologists working in tropical environments. The ATB has built its reputation on the publication of a high-quality, widely-cited journal, BIOTROPICA, and on the sponsorship of international symposia on diverse tropical issues.
Today, most tropical biologists recognize that human interactions in the tropics are a critical element of biological research.
This recognition is reflected in the work of our membership, including efforts to link together scientists concerned with issues of science, conservation, development, and public policy in the tropics; and, to enhance the understanding of human-environment interactions in the tropics.
Thus, in 2002, the membership of ATB overwhelmingly voted to expand our mission statement and objectives, and revise our name to become the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC).