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Aims & Scope

For more than 75 years, the Western North American Naturalist (formerly Great Basin Naturalist) has published research pertaining to the biological natural history of western North America. From northernmost Canada and Alaska to southern Mexico, and from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, western North America encompasses land of incomparable variety: hot and cold deserts, lush valleys, towering mountains, rivers and streams, sandy beaches, frozen tundra, windswept ridges, alkali flats, tranquil forests, and seemingly endless space.

Aims: Over the years the journal has firmly established itself as a forum for reporting original research on natural history topics and research methods, both descriptive and analytical. Our goal is not only to continue but to expand this publishing tradition.

Scope: The Western North American Naturalist places neither restriction nor preference on manuscripts within the disciplines of the biological sciences. Each issue treats diverse taxa from the perspectives of various disciplines (e.g., ecology, population dynamics, behavior, systematics, anatomy, and physiology).