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2015 Copeia's Best Papers

Date Posted: 2 Jun 2016 (Show details)

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 Copeia in 2015. 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.

Best Paper, Herpetology

Julia K. Earl and Howard H. Whiteman: Are Commonly Used Fitness Predictors Accurate? A Meta-analysis of Amphibian Size and Age at Metamorphosis. Copeia 103:297-309.

Best Papers Young Scholar, Herpetology

Julia K. Earl and Howard H. Whiteman: Are Commonly Used Fitness Predictors Accurate? A Meta-analysis of Amphibian Size and Age at Metamorphosis. Copeia 103:297-309.

Adam D. Leache and Charles W. Linkem: Phylogenomics of Horned Lizards (Genus: Phrynosoma) Using Targeted Sequence Capture Data. Copeia 103:586-594.

Best Student Paper, Herpetology

Christopher M. Murray, Michael Easter, Sergio Padilla, Davinia B. Garrigo s, Julia Ann Stone, Juan Bolan os-Montero, Mahmood Sasa, and Craig Guyer: Cohort-Dependent Sex Ratio Biases in the American Crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) of the Tempisque Basin. Copeia 103:541-545.Best Paper, Ichthyology

Best Paper, Ichthyology

John G. Lundberg and Kyle R. Luckenbill: The Extraordinary Occipito-Vertebral Skeleton and Swim Bladder of South American Hypophthalmus Catfishes (Siluriformes: Pimelodidae): Improved Illustration, Description, and Interpretation. Copeia 103:806–820.

Best Paper Young Scholor, Ichthyology

Nathan K. Lujan, Vanessa Meza-Vargas, Viviana Astudillo-Clavijo, Ramiro Barriga-Salazar and Hernan Lopez-Fernandez: A Multilocus Molecular Phylogeny for Chaetostoma Clade Genera and Species with a Review of Chaetostoma (Siluriformes: Loricariidae) from the Central Andes. Copeia 103:664-701.

Best Student Paper, Ichthyology

Katherine E. Bemis and William E. Bemis: Functional and Developmental Morphology of Tooth Replacement in the Atlantic Wolffish, Anarhichas lupus (Teleostei: Zoarcoidei: Anarhichadidae). Copeia 103:886-901.

Congratulations to these authors. Authors will be presented with a plaque at the 2016 ASIH Business Meeting, and these awards will also be recognized on the ASIH and Copeia websites. Special thanks to the members of the review panel: Michael Collyer, Cari-Ann Hickerson, David Sever, Robert Espinoza, Windsor Aguirre, and Sarah Gibson.

Louis Guillette, Jr. passed away 6 August 2015

Date Posted: 13 Aug 2015 (Show details)

Lou Guillette passed away on 6 August 2015. RIP Lou.  http://www.gainesville.com/article/20150810/ARTICLES/150819977?p=1&tc=pg

Douglas A. Rossman - passed away 23 July 2015

Date Posted: 24 Jul 2015 (Show details)

Douglas A. Rossman passed away on 23 July 2015. This obituary was posted:  http://www.fjelstul.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3253286&fh_id=13160.

2014 Copeia's Best Papers

Date Posted: 12 Jun 2015 (Show details)

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.

2013 Copeia's Best Papers

Date Posted: 18 Aug 2014 (Show details)

The new tradition of recognizing "Copeia's Best Papers" continued. These papers were considered by a panel of Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Board to be the best papers published in the 2013 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.

Best Paper, Herpetology

Richard C. Bruce, “Size-mediated tradeoffs in life-history traits in dusky salamanders." Copeia 2013:262-268.

Best Paper Young Scholar, Herpetology

Vladimir Dinets, "Long-distance signaling in Crocodylia." Copeia 2013:517-526.

Best Student Paper, Herpetology

Cheryl A. Bondi and Sharyn B. Marks, "Differences in flow regime influence the seasonal migrations, body size, and body condition of Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata) that inhabit perennial and intermittent riverine sites in northern California." Copeia 2013:142-153.

Best Paper, Ichthyology

Donald J. Stewart, "Re-description of Arapaima agassizii (Valenciennes), a rare fish from Brazil (Osteoglossomorpha: Osteoglossidae)." Copeia 2013:38-51.

Best Paper Young Scholar, Ichthyology

Windsor E. Aguirre, Virginia R. Shervette, Ronald Navarrete, Paola Calle, and Stergiani Agorastos, "Morphological and genetic divergence of Hoplias microlepis (Characiformes: Erythrinidae) in rivers and impoundments of western Ecuador." Copeia 2013:312-323

Best Student Paper, Ichthyology

Sarah Z. Gibson, "Biodiversity and evolutionary history of †Lophionotus (Neopterygii: †Semionotiformes) from the western United States." Copeia 2013:582-603.

Congratulations again to these authors.

Special thanks to the members of the review panel: Prosanta Chakrabarty, Michael Collyer, Robert Espinoza, David Sever, and Brian Sidlauskas.

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