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2017 Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

Date Posted: 12 Jan 2017 (Show details)

The 42nd Annual Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council is scheduled for February 24–26, 2017 at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Desert Tortoise Council is a private, non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species.


The 2017 Program will have sessions on renewable energy development and tortoise translocation, the latest research on deer in the arid Southwest, the Sonoran desert tortoise, the evolution of Gopherus and other topics. 

Joint Summer Meeting, North Central Division of AFS

Date Posted: 3 Jun 2016 (Show details)

The joint summer meeting of the American Fisheries Society's Centrarchid Technical Committee, Esocid Technical Committee, and the Walleye Technical Committee will be held at the Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium (Nebraska's state aquarium), Gretna, Nebraska, on July 26-28, 2016. One of the workshops will be featuring the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fishes Recovery Program.

For more information on this scientific meeting please contact:

Dr. Keith Koupal
University of Nebraska at Kearney
(308) 865-5326
koupalkd [at] unk [dot] edu

NANFA Conservation Research Grant announcement

Date Posted: 8 Jan 2016 (Show details)

Since 2001 NANFA (North American Native Fishes Association) has funded the Conservation Research Grant, focusing on supporting research relating to the conservation of North America's indigenous fish fauna, particularly those that are threatened or endangered. The Conservation Research Grant could be awarded to someone in academia, a conservation group, or to an independent researcher. The maximum award for any one proposal is budgeted at $1000. The deadline for submission of an application is January 22, 2016.

Application Guidelines

Qualifying applicants must be members in good standing of NANFA. Membership dues will be accepted with funding applications, or paid separately to:

P.O. Box 1596,
Milton, WA 98354-1596.

Annual dues are $30 (U.S.), $35 (Canada and Mexico), and $44 (all other countries).

Research proposals should be no longer than 2 double-spaced pages, plus a separate short budget and timeline, and 4 copies of all application materials should be submitted. Proposals should include a clear statement as to how this research will benefit the study organism and/or its environment.

Proposal format should be as follows:

  1. Question to be investigated
  2. Objectives
  3. Description of work (methods, design, assumptions, constraints)
  4. Benefits
  5. Accomplishments (related research efforts)

Proposals should be accompanied by a one-page resume from the applicant, and a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s major professor or from someone familiar with your background and research. This letter of recommendation should include an e-mail address for verifying references. Electronic submissions are acceptable; send either a .pdf or a .doc file. If you have any queries as to whether you qualify for this grant, please contact Bruce Stallsmith, below.

Please list other sources of financial support for your project.

Researchers must obtain all necessary permits for conducting their research.

NANFA asks that the recipient write a non-technical article on their research for American Currents, NANFA’s quarterly journal, to be submitted as soon as the research is complete. Recipients are also encouraged to attend an annual NANFA Convention to present research findings.

The deadline for applications is January 22, 2016. The award decision will be announced by March 31, 2016.

Submit applications to:

Dr. Bruce Stallsmith
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL 35899.
Phone: 256-824-6992.
E-mail: stallsb [at] uah [dot] edu.

(Complete applications in .pdf or .doc format may be sent to the e-mail address above.)

World Congress of Herpetology 2016 - call for symposia proposals

Date Posted: 19 Jun 2015 (Show details)

The next World Congress of Herpetology will be held in 2016 in China.  The link to the meeting site is attached is:

The call for symposia has been issued (and the deadline is all too soon), but not many people are aware of it.  We really need to raise awareness of it; recent congresses have presented terrific science as well as providing excellent international communication.

If you would like any additional information, I will be happy to try to supply it (I'm a member of the Scientific Program Committee). 

Marvalee H. Wake
Former ASIH President

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.
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