First I'd like to thank Michele Wheatly for a wonderful job organizing the
symposia and best student paper competitions for Atlanta, Chicago, and
Anaheim (Jan. 2-6, 2002). There were more good symposia than any one
individual could attend in Atlanta and Chicago, and that is the way the
meetings should be!
ANAHEIM, 2002: The Anaheim meeting has three symposia co-sponsored by
DCPB: "Biomechanics of Adhesion", organized by Kellar Autumn and Robert
Full; "Dynamics and Energetics of Animal Swimming and Flying", organized
by Malcolm Gordon, Ian Bartol, and Jay Hove; and "The Physiological
Ecology of Rocky Intertidal Organisms: From Molecules to Ecosystems",
organized by Lars Tomanek and Brian Helmuth. Other symposia planned for
the meeting include "Integrative Approaches to Biogeography: Patterns and
Processes on Land and in the Sea", "The Cambrian Explosion, Putting the
Pieces Together, New Perspectives on the Origin of Metazoan Complexity",
"Ecological Developmental Biology", "Integrative and Evolutionary Roles of
Extracellular Hormone-binding Proteins", "Neural Mechanisms of Orientation
and Navigation", "Responding to the World With a Little Nervous System:
Unique Models for Studying Perception and Behavior", and "Tendons:
Bridging the Gap". With these symposia, it should be a great scientific
meeting. Also with Disneyland and the Rose Bowl Parade to visit before or
after, you might want to think about bringing along the family this year!
TORONTO, 2003: Now we are trying to plan the January 4-8, 2003 SICB
meeting in Toronto, and need symposium proposals to enrich the program.
We do not have a firm deadlines for when the symposia proposals are due at
this time. Probably they will be due in late spring/early summer. My
recommendation is that you get the proposals in right away-or if you're
like me-you'll forget about it! Please send to me (email@example.com
- Title of the symposium
- Potential sponsoring divisions of SICB
- Contact information for symposium organizers
- Rationale for symposium (purpose, background)
- Timeliness of symposium (have there been other recent symposia on similar topics?)
- Program: List of speakers, their area of expertise, tentative talk titles, organizational structure of symposium
For the Toronto SICB meeting, think in particular about symposia which
integrate across levels of organization, taxonomic diversity, or the
divisional disciplines of SICB. Also think about organizing symposia
which will bring new members to SICB, or at least scientists who do not
normally attend but would enjoy and enrich the society's focus on
integrative and comparative biology.
If you have never organized a symposium, this is a great opportunity to
highlight and advance your area of research interest. It is also a great
professional activity. Good symposia are the core of any scientific
meeting and help provide focus to a discipline. Consider co-organizing a
symposium with a colleague to broaden the scope of the symposium, and to
share the work. Thanks in advance for being a key part our meetings!
OTHER MEETINGS OF INTEREST (see also Message from the IUBS/IUPS
for more meeting information)
The Roles of Experimental Biology in the Protection of Endangered Species
and the Control of Species - University of California, Los Angeles 12-14
September 2001. Subject areas to be covered will include (but will not be
limited to) i) Comparative physiology of endangered and exotic species in
the wild; ii) Comparative physiology of captive breeding of endangered
species; iii) Genetic engineering for species survival and exotic species
control; iv) Microbiological and endocrinological approaches to control of
exotic species; and v) Integrating experimental scientific results into
policy making for protection of endangered species and control of exotic
species. Additional information about the conference is given at the
. Inquiries may be
addressed to conference co-Chair, Dr. Soraya M. Bartol, at
34th International Congress of Physiological Sciences, Christchurch, New
Zealand, 26-31 August 2001. The comparative physiological components of
the scientific program are relatively limited in number, but should be of
interest to some DCPB members. There will be four synthesia, with
associated poster sessions, that will be primarily comparative. Their
titles are "Thermal adaptations", "Cardiovascular adaptations to the
environment", "Starvation as a normal feature of animal life histories",
and "From philosopher to fish." A number of other sessions are likely to
include comparative topics as well. Look at the Congress website for
. Online registration is available at
APS sponsored conference on Comparative Physiology, San Diego, CA, August
25-28th, 2002. The conference is tentatively entitled "The Power of
Comparative Physiology: Evolution, Integration and Applied". Information
on the symposia for this conference is available at
Planning is in progress for the Sixth International Congress of Comparative
Physiology and Biochemistry, sponsored by IUBS, which will take place in
southern Australia in February 2003. Major decisions about the symposia
for that Congress will be made by the International Organizing Committee
(IOC) for the Congress at a meeting to take place at the Christchurch
Congress next August. Nora Terwilliger, SICB's representative to IUBS
(see Message from the IUBS/IUPS Representative, below), has gathered
symposia suggestions from our members.
IUPS 2001, August, Christchurch, New Zealand
Early registration for this meeting was extended to March 14, 2001 to
enable registration at discounted fees. I hope those of you heading south
this summer got in on it. Registration will remain open for some time, of
course - it will just cost more. The US National Committee/IUPS will be
meeting during Experimental Biology 2001 in Orlando in early April to
assess USNC/IUPS travel grant applications for the New Zealand meeting.
Most of these funds are provided by the American Physiological Society. I
will be participating in the selection process as your DCPB representative
to the USNC/IUPS. The focus this year will be enabling young
investigators, women and underrepresented minorities to attend the New
Zealand meeting. I hope there are many DCPB members in the pile of
applicants, and I look forward to seeing DCBP colleagues in Christchurch.
Chobe 2001, August, Botswana
Before the New Zealand meeting, of course, is the Comparative Physiology
conference in Chobe, Botswana. Time to get your shots and purchase your
non-mosquito-attracting wardrobes and stock up on photography equipment
Sixth International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry
IUBS 2003, February, Australia
Plans for this conference are enthusiastically underway. It will take
place at the Mount Buller campus, La Trobe University, about three hours
from Melbourne. "The campus is located in the Victorian high country in an
area of mountain ranges, snowgums and rivers." Sounds great! The meeting
will be organized similarly to the Fifth Congress in Calgary, with
symposia (five invited speakers and several contributed papers selected
from poster abstracts), plenary speakers and poster sessions. Please send
your suggestions of DCPB members who might be potential plenary speakers
to me (firstname.lastname@example.org
There are now 11 Societies (including DCPB/SICB!) that are members of this
Comparative Physiology Congress. Each society will submit five symposium
titles, plus five more from the Organizing Committee. These 60 suggestions
will be compiled in a final list to be reviewed by the IUBS
representatives of each society at the IUPS meeting in Christchurch this
August. The list will be whittled down to 40 approved symposia and plenary
speakers will be selected as well. Let's hope we have some really good
topics and speakers organized by DCBP colleagues.
Message from the Secretary
Jeannette E. Doeller
We are holding elections for DCPB Secretary this Spring. Following are
the candidates' CVs. Please fill out the ballot when it arrives and vote!
Mary E. Chamberlin
: Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Ohio
: B.S. , 1976, Zoology, University of California at Davis; Ph.D.,
University of British Columbia
: Rush Elliott Endowed Professor, Ohio University,
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Ohio University,
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Ohio University,
Visiting Scientist, Department of Zoology, University of Guelph, 1989-1990;
Associate, Department of Physiology, Duke Medical Center, 1982-1984.
: Co-organizer (with Tim Bradley) of SICB symposium,
of Epithelial Structure and Function" (Chicago, 2001); Symposium speaker
for the SICB
symposium, "Integrative Aspects of Epithelial Structure and Function"
Symposium speaker for the ASZ symposium, "Respiratory and Ionic Aspects of
Regulation in Insects" (Vancouver, 1992); Seven other presentations at SICB
1980; Member since 1985.
: American Physiological Society; President-elect of the Ohio
: My research is centered on cellular energetics, with a
emphasis on the metabolism of ion-transporting epithelia. Therefore, my
bridges the fields of ion transport physiology and metabolic biochemistry. See
: The role of the secretary is to gather and disseminate the
provided by the officers and other members of DCPB. Two of the most
effective ways to
keep members informed of society and divisional activities is through
e-mail and the
world wide web. I will continue to employ these tools to facilitate
the division and its members.
Bernard B. Rees
: Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148; email: email@example.com
: B.S., 1984, University of Southwestern Louisiana (UL Lafayette);
Ph.D. 1992, University of Colorado, Boulder
: Post-doctoral Fellow, Hopkins Marine Station,
Stanford University, 1992-1995; Assistant Professor, University of New
: Member since 1986; active participant in annual meetings
(10 presentations since 1986); Best Student Paper Judge (DCPB, 1999);
Contributed Paper Session Co-chair (DCPB, 2001)
Other memberships and service
: American Association for the Advancement of
Science; American Society for Cell Biology; Panelist and ad hoc reviewer
for the National Science Foundation (Evolutionary and Ecological Physiology)
: My research interests are in the area of environmental
physiology and biochemistry, in particular the responses of aquatic
organisms to low oxygen (hypoxia). My students and I have used an
integrative approach, combining physiological ecology, metabolic
biochemistry and molecular biology, in order to better understand the
responses of estuarine and freshwater fishes to hypoxia. Currently, I am
very interested in oxygen-regulated gene expression and I am developing
approaches to study this process on a couple of "model" groups, killifish
(Fundulus spp.) and zebrafish (Danio rerio). A related area of interest is
mechanisms of metabolic regulation in animals during changing, or
stressful, environmental conditions.
: As secretary of the Division of Comparative Physiology and
Biochemistry, I would work as an active intermediate in the dialog between
the membership of the Division and the officers of the Division and
Society. In particular, I would work closely with the Program Officer to
ensure that our members remain informed of, and active in, events occurring
at the annual meetings of the SICB and other related societies. I would
also work to increase the exposure of DCPB, and SICB in general, at the
national and international levels and encourage participation in SICB
events by members of other scientific societies.
SICB DCPB BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
, January 5, 2001:
Chair Steve Hand called the meeting to order. He announced the results of
the fall election: our new Chair-Elect is Nora Terwilliger, and our new
Program Officer is Jon Harrison. Nora will start her term as Chair after
the Anaheim meeting, Jon will start his term immediately.
Steve introduced Bill Zamer, the Program Officer of Integrative Animal
Biology at NSF who discussed a number of NSF-related issues:
- Proposals are now submitted by Fastlane, as well as supplemental requests and progress reports, and pending proposal status can be checked by Fastlane.
- NSF is looking for people interested in serving as Program Officers, also as ad hoc or panel reviewers.
- NSF is also looking for new ideas and interesting formats for workshops and their follow-ups. Workshops often promote discussions or develop new areas by bringing together people from different fields.
- Any PI about to publish in high profile journals such as Science, Nature or PNAS should contact their Program Officer so he/she can alert the press. NSF would also like to use great photographs, research results and figures, etc. for promotional purposes.
- The Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience (IBN) would like feedback about their cluster programs - does this structure work for the scientific community?
- There appears to be broad bipartisan support now for doubling the NSF budget in the next 5 years. If approved, the new fiscal year 2001 budget gives a 13.6% increase to NSF - the largest dollar amount increase. Bill indicated in response to a question that it is appropriate for the leadership of individual societies to show support for NSF when it goes to Congress.
- In response to questions about annual and final reports, Bill suggested calling program officers for information about timing. He said that the final report should include three main areas: 1) evidence of productivity, 2) contributions of students and post-docs, and 3) the central findings and implications for the field.
- Symposia support requests go to the appropriate panels, with some money available for travel. International Programs might support travel to international meetings when the intent is to develop new collaborations. Any person with comments, contributions or an interest in serving should contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the NSF website (www.nsf.gov).
Steve introduced Nora Terwilliger, our Chair-Elect and representative to
the IUPS and IUBS, who described our involvement in these societies (see
Message from the IUBS/IUPS Representative). The DCPB is a member of the
) and is represented on the US National Committee
(USNC) which will meet next in August 2001 at the IUPS meeting in New
Zealand. The DCPB is also a member of the IUBS (www.iubs.org
which last met in Calgary in August 1999, and will next meet in Australia
in February 2003. These ICCPB meetings are organized by all member
societies. The IUPS 2005 meeting will be in Washington DC, and DCPB and
APS will play a major organizing role for this meeting.
Steve introduced Michele Wheatly, the outgoing Program Officer. She asked
for feedback concerning some changes made for this meeting. 1) All
programming was done electronically by author-selected topic. This was
easier for the Program Officers but made it harder to have divisional
activities such as poster sessions. 2) Are evening poster sessions OK?
Should there be a day time for posters? 3) Some members would prefer a
meeting with only symposia and posters, but some divisions oppose this
idea. 4) Since a member can now submit both posters and talks, this
increases the presentations, but also the conflicts. Any comments
concerning these issues can be directed to me (email@example.com
) or Jon
There were 12 volunteers to judge student poster and oral presentations -
She discussed upcoming meetings and then introduced Jon Harrison (see
Message from the Program Officer for more information).
Michele was applauded for her service as Program Officer - thanks for a
great job Michele!
Martin Feder, SICB President, was introduced. He acknowledged that the
DCPB is the largest and a very important division in SICB. He introduced
Marvalee Wake, SICB President-Elect, and Brett Burk of Burk and
Associates, SICB's managing organization, for questions and answers.
For this meeting, there were 1100 preregistrations and 900 abstracts
submitted - the most ever.
Brett discussed election policy. There was low voter response this year
with all elections due to the difficulty in all the steps involved.
Because SICB is incorporated in Illinois, electronic voting is currently
illegal, although this may change in 1-2 years. The next ballot will be
sent by regular mail with email reminders to respond. There has been some
discussions of having all divisional and society-wide elections in the
spring. About electronic glitches in registration, etc., Brett requested
specific feedback so they can fix the problems.
Steve introduced Chrisy Carello, who reported on the Physiological and
Biochemical Zoology (PBZ) journal (see Annual Report of Physiological and
Biochemical Zoology, below). The 5-year term for PBZ Editor-in-Chief Greg
Snyder is coming to an end. There will be a call for proposals for PBZ
editorship on the SICB web site and through the email, with a mid-March
deadline. Proposals will be evaluated by the 3 DCPB officers to make
recommendations to the U. Chicago Press.
Steve introduced John Phillips, the DCPB representative to the American
Zoologist journal. Representative duties include selection of symposia
for publication. There will be a format change in the journal to go along
with the name change (if vote is positive), as well as use of color and
opinion pieces. There will be an email request for representative
nominations by next August.
Steve indicated that because of Burk and Associates, SICB is in good
financial condition, which has led to an approved $85 further decrease in
There are 3 society-wide executive committee issues for vote:
- Should we continue with posters and oral presentations? Vote is in favor of maintaining status quo. Michele reminded members that Program Officers like it when they check the "either/or" box for presentation preference.
- Should newsletters be kept on line? Vote is in favor; many people have actually looked at the newsletter, as seen by a show of hands.
- For the Anaheim meeting, should SICB bring in presidents of other societies as an outreach program? Vote is in favor, viewed as a reasonable way to use SICB funds.
Meeting was closed in order to prepare for the Bartholomew Award
presentation to and seminar by Martin Wikelski (see The George A.
, below). Martin was introduced and given the award by
Steve Hand, accompanied by a cash award from Sable Systems, presented by
John Lighton. Martin's seminar was entitled "Darwin, Bartholomew, and the
Marine Iguanas: the Fascination of Physiological Ecology".
Annual Report of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology to the Division of
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry, 2000
The year 2000 saw a record high for manuscript submissions and a record
low for the period between manuscript submission and appearance in print.
Our goal for the forthcoming year will continue to be publishing
manuscripts of the highest quality in the shortest possible time.
NUMERICAL ACCOUNTING OF MANUSCRIPTS
These figures cover the period July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000.
Sixty-nine manuscripts were published. This represents a decrease of
about 12% from last year's figure, and reflects the relatively low
submission rate in 1998-1999. Of the 69 manuscripts published, 64 were
research papers, 2 were Technical Comments, 2 were Invited Perspectives,
and one was a correction. The numbers of Invited Perspectives and
Technical Comments were the same as published last year.
One hundred sixty three manuscripts were submitted during the report
period, an increase of 10% over last year's submissions (148). As of this
writing, 75 (46%) of those manuscripts have been accepted for publication;
31 of the accepted manuscripts have already appeared in print, and 44 are
in press. Of the submitted manuscripts, 5 (3%) are still in review, 24
(15%) are in revision, and 59 (36%) have been rejected.
Of the manuscripts submitted during this period, 55 (34%) originated from
first authors affiliated with U.S. institutions, 37 (23%) came from
Europe, 22 (13%) from Australia or New Zealand, 18 (11%) from Canada, 13
(8%) from Central or South America, 7 (4%) from Asia, and 11 from
The average time from initial submission of a manuscript to acceptance was
6 months. Thus, overall we have been able to reduce the review process by
one month from the 7 months average reported last year and by three months
from the time we assumed responsibility for the journal. This improvement
has been made possible through the invaluable cooperation and assistance
of our Editorial Board members, and with our continuing emphasis on
The decrease in average time from submission to publication noted in last
year's report continues. The lag time from acceptance to publication is
now 3.7 months on average, down from 5 months last year. This continues a
reduction from an 11-month average lag only a few years ago. Because of a
greater submission rate since January 2000, and the high quality of the
submitted manuscripts, we now have a backlog of 44 manuscripts that are
accepted for publication. Beginning with the November/December 2000
issue, Chicago Press has graciously allowed us to increase the number of
papers per issue to retain our short acceptance-to-submission time.
Please note that the average time from submisson of a manuscript to its
appearance in print is only 9.7 months. We are quite proud of having
increased the quality of manuscripts while reducing the publication time
to less than one year! We hope that authors will consider this fact when
selecting a journal for their work.
The number of Invited Perspectives published this year, as last year, was
rather small. We would like to remind you that we welcome suggestions for
timely, appropriate topics for these Perspectives, and that we rely in
part on suggestions from the DCPB membership to identify and recruit
authors for IP manuscripts. We note however that, for the coming year, we
have offset this trend somewhat by including a symposium contribution; the
first in several years.
We urge the membership to continue to direct their manuscripts to us!
THE PBZ WEB PAGE
We invite members to visit our web page
) at the University of Chicago
Press, where they will find the tables of contents for forthcoming issues
as well as instructions to authors regarding the preparation of
manuscripts for submission.
THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Our Editorial Board members remain our primary source of suggestions for
reviewers, as well as providing occasional reviews and arbitrating
disputes when other reviewers have fundamental disagreements about the
merits of a manuscript. We believe that this system provides us with the
most highly expert reviews we can obtain, and we extend our sincere thanks
to all who participated in 199-2000.
Gregory K. Snyder
Department of EPO Biology
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO USA 80309-0334
Phone: (303) 735-0297 FAX: (303) 735-1811
December 1, 2000
Message from the Graduate Student/Postdoc Representative
I would like to begin this column on a personal note with some thoughts
about how the SICB has influenced my graduate career before I turn to more
philosophical musings about the changing face of biological research.
Having been to the past three meetings, I've had a chance to meet a number
of graduate students, postdocs, and investigators at various stages in
their careers. What I have learned is that the society supports an
incredibly diverse group of people with interests from one end of the
spectrum to the other, most of whom seem to enjoy and appreciate those
other perspectives. It has been a great place to network, to encounter
potential collaborators and old friends, and to share ideas, but perhaps
the key feature to me has been the student-friendly orientation of the
meetings, allowing me opportunities to interact with people that at a
larger meeting I probably would not have. Sometimes I wonder how long the
"big tent" of the organization can continue to sponsor such a wide range
of interests while maintaining cohesion. Perhaps research trends will
reinforce, rather than undermine, the principles on which the SICB stands.
The twin tendencies I perceive on the part of investigators both to extend
the work they have been taught in texts and labs, as well as to change the
direction of research to incorporate new paradigms and technologies, bode
well for the continuity of research.
This years' meeting in Chicago was an exciting beginning for the growing
number of members seeking to broaden the scope of the society to include
areas outside of zoology. Symposia on plant / animal interactions and
symbioses helped to highlight the importance of a variety of these diverse
interactions to integrative biologists. Together with presentations in
more traditional areas, these point the way toward future research goals
and sparked lively debate about how changes in our understanding and in
the types of tools available will influence which questions have priority.
For example, the excitement surrounding the recent release of the human
genome, while surely only the opening act in an unfolding drama, is also a
cogent reminder that biology has begun to assume economic, social, and
cultural importance at a breakneck pace. Deciphering the function of
genomes now assumes its status as favored research child. And just as
research in the "post-genomic" world of model organisms will continue to
receive the lion's share of money and attention, those whose work includes
the overlooked, the exotic, and the bizarre will face continuing pressure
to justify their work.
This should not, however, lead us into the trap of "me too", in which
medical, pharmaceutical, or other applied biosciences set research agendas
because, for example, that's where the money is, or that's where the
impact ratings are. However, neither should we ignore the importance of
politics, by failing to inform our constituents (students, for most of us)
why an obscure topic, such as evolution in wooly caterpillars, actually
matters. Instead, by using the tools of an increasingly large and wealthy
biotechnology infrastructure, biologists now have an unprecedented
opportunity to marry two very different traditions in biological
investigation. This is an exciting time to be involved in integrative and
comparative issues, but it comes with demands that we begin to stretch our
ideas of the possible. That is one reason why I am heartened by the
decision of the society to widen its scope beyond zoology.
On a closing note, I'd like to share a bit of my recent experience moving
from CU Boulder to LSU in Baton Rouge. Having just seen this place at
Mardi Gras, what a difference! The weather has been so mild I had
forgotten cold, until I went to Chicago. During this transition, I have
relied heavily upon the competence of departmental Graduate Coordinators
to insure that things went smoothly, and I have not been disappointed.
Kudos are deserved by these overworked, underpaid, and frequently
under-appreciated members of the staff (Thanks Jill and Prissy!). I now
know first hand just how frustrating and difficult a "simple" move can be.
And finally, this will be my last column as student representative for the
DCPB; if you are a student or postdoc who would like the opportunity to
meet a lot of great folks, use the newsletter to let us know how you feel,
or help shape the division, please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'd love to hear from you.
The George A. Bartholomew Award
Martin Wikelski became a bird bander with the German Max-Planck Institute
when he was 16 years old. He then participated in several bird migration
expeditions to the Mediterranean and Algeria. Through this work, he got
to know Walter Arnold (Wildlife Institute, Vienna, Austria) and worked on
marmot hibernation, as well as sea lion foraging behavior. Subsequently,
Fritz Trillmich (University of Bielefeld, Germany), who had been inspired
by George Bartholomew's work on California and Galapagos seals, became
Martin's advisor in his diploma work on foraging behavior in Galapagos
marine iguanas. This study was completed in 1991 with a degree from the
Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Martin then
continued to work with Fritz Trillmich (then at the Max Planck Institute
for Behavioral Physiology in Seewiesen, Germany) on the evolution of body
size in Galapagos marine iguanas (Ph.D., 1994), and developed a strong
interest in environmental physiology. Martin's work on marine iguanas was
awarded with the Niko Tinbergen Prize of the German Ethological Society in
1998. Ebo Gwinner's (Max Planck Institute) and Serge Daan's (University
Groningen) contacts with Jim Kenagy (University of Washington) encouraged
Martin to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship of the German Humboldt Society
with John Wingfield in 1995. During this time, Martin collaborated with
Dr. Michaela Hau on reproductive seasonality of tropical rainforest birds
in work that was supported by a fellowship from the Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute in Panama (Stan Rand). Martin also continued work on
marine iguanas, inspired by Ray Huey's work in environmental physiology.
Martin then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in
1998, joining an exciting group of neotropical avian ecologists and
environmental physiologists. In 2000, Martin joined the department of
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University.
Martin's main interest is the physiology of life history. He now works in
two main systems, trying to understand how tropical birds can have
different life histories than temperate zone birds, and how marine iguanas
shrink in body length during El Ninos. Martin wants to express his deep
thanks to George A. Bartholomew for an awe-inspiring lifetime of
pioneering research on physiological adaptations of wild animals.
Link to officer list on DCPB page