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Stan Weitzman passed away February 16, 2017

Date Posted: 16 Feb 2017 (Show details)

Stan Weitzman, Research Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, passed away 16 February 2017.

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. 

Graduate Opportunities in Fish Ecology and Evolution

Date Posted: 20 Dec 2016 (Show details)

The Albert Lab in the Department of Biology at Louisiana at Lafayette is recruiting graduate students for Fall 2017. Research in the lab focuses on the diversity, evolution and biogeography of tropical freshwater fishes with a focus on the Amazon Basin. Projects can include but are not limited to: molecular phylogenetics and species-delimitation using morphological and next-gen sequencing approaches (e.g. UCEs), dispersal and feeding ecology using stable isotopes, continuous trait evolution using data from computed tomography, 3-D geometric morphometrics and biomechanical modeling, and Community Phylogenetics using GIS, parametric biogeography, and landscape evolution modeling approaches. Students have opportunities to develop independent research projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The UL Lafayette Department of Biology has a strong tradition of teaching and research in sub-tropical and tropical biology. Course work centers on areas of students' interest in evolutionary or ecological theory.

Deadlines for application are Sept. 15 and Jan. 15th. Candidates from groups underrepresented in STEM are especially encouraged to apply. For further information please visit the Department of Biology Website, or contact James Albert at 

Candidate Info for Society Elections

Date Posted: 17 Sep 2016 (Show details)

Information on ASIH candidates is available for download:

ASIH Candidate Info 2016

November Workshop - NE Freshwater Fishes Assemblages (updated 9/17/16)

Date Posted: 14 Sep 2016 (Show details)

A workshop on Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages will be held from 4-6 November 2016 at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Maine. This workshop will explore the world of both native and introduced fish resident to inland waters (lakes and rivers, ponds and streams) throughout the Northeastern United States. Fish identification, with an emphasis on smaller forage fish species, will be keynoted with an impressive fish assemblage reference collection available for viewing. Actual extent of geographical coverage and lecture materials will be offered primarily on the basis of class attendees needs, including topics of shared interest. This weekend class will be primarily geared to classroom laboratory sessions and lectures, including a possible Saturday evening presentation/showing of a Northeastern fish-related topic and/or video.

The workshop will be led by David Halliwell Ph.D (David [dot] Halliwell [at] maine [dot] gov). He received his doctorate in Fisheries Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1989, while employed by the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife as aquatic biologist in charge of statewide stream survey and inventory (coldwater fisheries) project. His dissertation is entitled: A Classification of Streams in be used as a fisheries management tool. He has been teaching NE-FISH seminars at Eagle Hill since 2001, inclusive of 63 students (over the past 14 out of 16 years), originating from the Northeastern United States and New Brunswick, Canada. He is co-author of the Inland Fishes of Massachusetts (2002) and is currently preparing a biogeographical treatise on the Inland Fishes of New England, proper (2017).

Attendees are to arrive on Friday evening in time for 6:00 dinner and the workshop will conclude by 5:00 on Sunday afternoon. Tuition $150/person, lodging $30/person per night, resident 6-meal plan is $90 ($45 for local commuters – Friday dinner and two lunches). 20% discount on lodging and tuition for multiple attendees’ per agency. Apply/Register online at

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