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20 Questions for the Next President

Date Posted: 11 Aug 2016 (Show details)

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists recently signed on to a list of 20 questions that will be asked to each presidential candidate. Read them here:

Thomas Paul Simon passed away unexpectedly July 16

Date Posted: 23 Jul 2016 (Show details)

Thomas Paul Simon, PhD, of Bloomington, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 16th, 2016 at the age of 57. 

Thomas loved fish and was an ichthyologist, and had over 35 years of experience working with complex environmental ecosystem issues evaluating anthropogenic impacts on aquatic assemblages. His experience included 25 years of government service, including field and project management of investigations for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Thomas had over 25 years of teaching experience from a variety of college and university systems in Indiana, including Purdue University, Indiana State, Ivy Tech Bloomington, and Indiana University Bloomington, where he was Adjunct Professor at SPEA. He was also a professor at American Public University System, and formerly a lecturer at Stone Laboratory at Ohio State. Thomas authored 16 books and had over 370 professional publications.

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

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.

Ted J. Case passed away 31 December 2015

Date Posted: 18 Apr 2016 (Show details)

Ted J. Case, professor emeritus and former chair of the UC San Diego Department of Biology, died of a sudden heart attack while trail running on December 31, 2015. He was 68.

Ted's research career spanned four decades and focused on evolutionary ecology, biogeography, conservation biology and community ecology. He was exceptional among biologists in being both an accomplished mathematical theoretician as well as an adept field empiricist. Recognition of this was indicated through his many awards, including a Career Achievement Award from the University of Redlands in 2000, and his election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

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