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Meritorious Award for Teaching Ichthyology - 2015

Date Posted: 15 Jan 2015 (Show details)

The information for the 2015 Meritorious Award for Teaching Ichthyology has been updated on the ASIH website. Information can be obtained at:

Please consider nominating your colleagues for this recognition.  The award will be presented during the plenary session of the 2015 Reno, Nevada meeting.


Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses - call for abstracts

Date Posted: 23 Dec 2014 (Show details)

We invite you to join us for the Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses, 30 May – 1 June 2015, in Gainesville, Florida, USA. Ranaviruses (Family Iridoviridae) are a group of viruses that can cause disease in ectothermic vertebrate species (i.e., amphibians, reptiles and fish). Ranaviruses have caused die-offs of amphibians and fish around the world, including species of conservation concern, and have recently been linked to population declines of several amphibian species. While research on reptiles has been slower to accumulate, recent evidence suggests that ranaviruses are capable of causing morbidity and mortality in free-ranging populations. The accumulating evidence of their impacts on wild and cultured populations has sparked a diversity of research programs in all areas of Ranavirus biology.

The Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses, organized by the Global Ranavirus Consortium (, will bring together professionals and students from around the globe to discuss all aspects of ranavirus biology, including:

  • Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics

  • Host-Pathogen Interactions

  • Molecular Identification and Characterization

  • Immunology and Pathology

  • Mechanisms of Emergence and Conservation

    In addition to oral presentations by experts and students, there will be a keynote address by Dr. Richard Whittington (University of Sydney), a poster session and social event, and several breakout discussions. There will also be a day devoted to workshops that cover important topics, such as the design and analysis of ranavirus studies, aseptic sample collection for ranavirus testing, and cutting-edge techniques for molecular diagnostics.

    The Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses will be followed by the Fifth Florida Marine Mammal Conference.

    We encourage all individuals with an interest in wildlife diseases to attend. Abstract submissions are due 11 January 2015. More information and instructions for abstract submission can be found on the conference website:

    We hope to see you in Gainesville!

    Amanda L. J. Duffus Thomas B. Waltzek Matthew J. Gray Jesse L. Brunner

Animal Conservation Special Issue - Animal Translocations

Date Posted: 21 Nov 2014 (Show details)

Dear all,

The herpetofauna translocations Special Issue articles have finally been made free to access, and the entire issue is available here:

Joint Society Letter to US Fish & Wildlife - Salamander Conservation

Date Posted: 17 Nov 2014 (Show details)

The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, The Herpetologists’ League and the Canadian Herpetological Society sent a joint letter to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on 14 November 2014.

Download the Joint Letter

Announcement: David J. Morafka Memorial Research Award 2015

Date Posted: 31 Jul 2014 (Show details)

In honor and memory of Prof. David J. Morafka, distinguished herpetologist and authority on North American gopher tortoises, the Desert Tortoise Council, with the aid of several donors, has established a monetary award to help support research that contributes to the understanding, management and conservation of tortoises of the genus Gopherus in the southwestern United States and Mexico: G. agassizii, G. morafkai, G. berlandieri, and G. flavomarginatus.

Award Amount:

$2,000 to be awarded at the Desert Tortoise Council’s Annual Symposium, depending on the availability of funding and an appropriate recipient.


Applicants must be associated with a recognized institution (e.g., university, museum, government agency, non-governmental organization) and may be graduate students, post-doctoral students, or other researchers. They must agree to present a report on the results of the research in which award funds were used at a future symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council.

Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the potential of the research to contribute to the biological knowledge of one or more of the above gopher tortoise species, and to their management and conservation. Important considerations are the significance and originality of the research problem, design of sampling and analysis, preliminary data supporting the feasibility of the research, and the likelihood of successful completion and publication.

Application Procedure:

  1. Download and open an application form from the Desert Tortoise Council’s website The form is electronically interactive.
  2. Provide all information requested on the application, including a description of the research project in no more than 1,200 words.
  3. Submit the completed application to grstewart [at] csupomona [dot] edu as a pdf document.
  4. Applications must be supported by the applicant’s CV and three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s research advisor, supervisor, or a knowledgeable colleague. Instruct the recommenders to submit their letters to grstewart [at] csupomona [dot] edu as pdf documents.
  5. All application materials and letters of recommendation must be received by December 1, 2014. They will be evaluated by a committee of gopher tortoise biologists appointed by the Desert Tortoise Council Board of Directors.
  6. The research award recipient will be notified of his/her selection by January 19, 2015 and the award will be presented at the 2015 Desert Tortoise Council Symposium, February 20-22, 2015. 
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