The following papers were considered by a panel of Associate Editors and ASIH members selected by the Editor to be the best papers published in the 2014 volume. These awards were initiated for the 2012 volume. Six papers are recognized each year: three in herpetology and three in ichthyology. There are three categories: Best Paper Overall, Best Paper Young Scholar, and Best Student Paper. The Best Paper Overall is chosen without regard to rank. The Best Paper Young Scholar is chosen when the lead author is either a postdoc or untenured at the time of submission. The Best Student Paper is chosen when the lead author is a student at the time of submission. This year, two papers were selected as Best paper in Ichthyology.
Best Papers Ichthyology
Eric J. Hilton, Peter Konstantinidis, Nalani K. Schnell and Casey B. Dillman, “Identity of a Unique Cartilage in the Buccal Cavity of Gars (Neopterygii: Lepisosteiformes: Lepisosteidae).” Copeia 2014:50-55.
J. Ellen Marsden and Harrison Tobi, “Sculpin Predation on Lake Trout Eggs in Interstices: Skull Compression as a Novel Foraging Mechanism.” Copeia 2014:654-658.
Best Paper Young Scholor, Ichthyology
Christopher Izzo, Terry Bertozzi, Bronwyn M. Gillanders and Stephen C. Donnellan, “Variation in Telomere Length of the Common Carp, Cyprinus carpio (Cyprinidae), in Relation to Body Length.” Copeia 2014:87-94.
Best Student Paper, Ichthyology
Muchu Zhou, Ashley M. Johnson and Rebecca C. Fuller. “Patterns of Male Breeding Color Variation Differ across Species, Populations, and Body Size in Rainbow and Orangethroat Darters.” Copeia 2014:297-308.
Best Paper, Herpetology
Brian K. Sullivan, Marlis R. Douglas, James M. Walker, James E. Cordes, Mark A. Davis, Whitney J. B. Anthonysamy, Keith O. Sullivan and Michael E. Douglas, “Conservation and Management of Polytypic Species: The Little Striped Whiptail Complex (Aspidoscelis inornata) as a Case Study.” Copeia 2014:519-529.
Best Paper Young Scholar, Herpetology
Dustin S. Siegel, Abigail E. Nicholson, Brian Rabe, Bradley Beran and Stanley E. Trauth, “The Evolution of the Sperm Transport Complex in Male Plethodontid Salamanders (Amphibia, Urodela, Plethodontidae).” Copeia 2014:489-502
Best Student Paper, Herpetology
Marcie K. Reiter, Carl D. Anthony, and Cari-Ann M. Hickerson, “Territorial Behavior and Ecological Divergence in a Polymorphic Salamander.” Copeia 2014:481-489.
Congratulations to these authors. Authors will be presented with a plaque at the 2015 ASIH Business Meeting. Special thanks to the members of the review panel: Michael Collyer, Richard Bruce, David Sever, Robert Espinoza, Windsor Aguire, and Sarah Gibson.