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New Biological Station in Ecuador

Date Posted: 29 Jul 2015 (Show details)

Wildsumaco Biological Station ( is now open for use. The station is located in the Napo Province of Ecuador on the south flank of the Sumaco Volcano at about 1450 m asl on the eastern slope of the Andes. The lodge is a popular birding destination and is located about 0.5 km from the field station. A diverse herpetofauna is being documented at this premontane forest site. Numerous trails are available for both teaching and research that traverse elevations of 1300-1500 m in both primary and secondary forest. The property lies within the Gran Sumaco Biosphere Reserve, near Sumaco National Park.

This equatorial field station is a joint initiative of Francis Marion University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is operated by the Wildsumaco Lodge. It can sleep 18 people and has 2.5 bathrooms, a common area for lecturing and a kitchen. Reservation information can be found on the website. There is also a Facebook page

Call for Proposals: Crowdfunding Research

Date Posted: 13 Jul 2015 (Show details)

Instrumentl, a new crowdfunding platform for research scientists, seeks proposals from scientists who need funding to pursue their research projects.

Instrumentl helps researchers to raise funds by connecting with the resources of their communities and provides a platform for communicating their research with the general public. Money raised on Instrumentl can be delivered to the researcher as a restricted grant so that no percentage may be taken for institutional overhead. We pride ourselves in supporting our researchers every step of the way. Interested researchers can contact Team [at] Instrumentl [dot] com or find out more on the Instrumentl website.

Nominations for Meritorious Teaching Award in Ichthyology Due 15 April 2015

Date Posted: 7 Apr 2015 (Show details)

This message is a reminder that nominations for the 2015 Meritorious Teaching Award in Ichthyology are due to Mike Pauers (mjpauers [at] gmail [dot] com) by April 15th, 2015.  The nomination package should consist of a letter of nomination, plus the names of at least two of the nominee's students and two of the nominee's peers who would be willing to write letters of recommendation in support of the candidate.
For more information, please go to:

Rolf Medal - 2015 Call for Nominations

Date Posted: 6 Mar 2015 (Show details)

The Rohlf Medal was established in 2006 by the family and friends of F. James Rohlf to mark his 70th birthday. He has been a longtime Stony Brook University faculty member and is currently Emeritus Distinguished Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, and Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Recipients of the Rohlf Medal will be recognized for excellence in their body of work on the development of new morphometric methods or for their applications in the biomedical sciences, including evolutionary biology, population biology, physical anthropology, and medicine. The term ‘morphometrics’ is intended to include high-dimensional pattern analyses of biological shape, especially those that analyze shape in a comprehensive way, or of covariation of shape with other variables. The award can recognize advances in the mathematical or statistical theory underlying morphometric methods, new software that implements or visualizes new methods, or specific new biological findings that rely crucially on contemporary morphometric methods and represent major advances.

Candidates for the Rohlf Medal may be self-nominated or nominated by others. They must possess a Ph.D. degree or the equivalent. The winning candidate must agree to attend the award ceremony in person in order to accept the Rohlf Medal and then deliver the award lecture.

Nomination packages should include,

  • Description of the body of work (not to exceed two pages) on which the candidacy is based;
  • Reprints of no more than three relevant papers and/or software products;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Names and addresses of three referees.

Nominating packages should be uploaded to the Rohlf Medal website and received by 5 pm, EST, 15 July 2015 to be assured of full consideration.

The successful candidate will receive the Rohlf Medal and a cash prize at Stony Brook University, planned for October 26th, 2015. She or he will deliver a lecture that is appropriate for a broad audience, ranging from the exact sciences to the humanities, concerning the morphometric methodology, software, or findings for which the Rohlf Medal was awarded.

Oregon Sea Grant Undergraduate Summer Scholars

Date Posted: 29 Jan 2015 (Show details)

Oregon Sea Grant is excited to announce our fifth Summer Scholars Program for eligible undergraduates. Summer Scholars will be placed for 10 weeks with an academic, government, or non-governmental organization, and will gain real life practice in marine resource science, policy, management, and outreach.

For more information about eligibility, placements and how to apply, go to

The application deadline is 20 February 2015.

Potamotrygon leopoldi
Diamonback Terrapin
two specimens of Maccullochella macquariensis