and foremost, thanks and congratulations.
to Rob Guralnick and Jon Jeffrey for a fine symposium, "The Study
of Sequences in Natural Sciences," and a boffo "Systematics for
to the students who entered the best student paper contest and
especially the judges who evaluated their talks and posters. This
year, two presentations were so remarkable that the judges were
hopelessly deadlocked. Accordingly, two prizes will be awarded to:
E. B. Rosenblum: "Reptile Color
Variation and Mc1r"
S. A. Nichols: "Does the existing
classification reflect the relationships within demosponges? A
molecular phylogenetic approach."
to both, and to their respective labs at the University of
year, we can look forward to equally exciting symposia by Nigel
Hughes and company (Terminal Addition, Segmentation, and the
Evolution of Metazoan Body Plan Regionalization), Moya Smith
(Evolution and Development of the Vertebrate Dentition), and our new
fearless leader Ken Halanych (WormNet: Recent Advances in Annelid
Systematics, Development, and Evolution).
comes the tedious semi-annual plea for symposium and workshop
proposals. We especially need ideas for 2006, but we will also
welcome ideas for '07 and even '08. I need to hear your ideas for
'06 as soon as possible, so we can work together to polish up your
idea bright and shiny for the September program officers' meeting.
to all. On behalf of the nominating committee, consisting of Rachel
Collin (Chair), Marta de Maintenon, and myself, I would like to thank
our candidates for agreeing to be nominated for the positions of
Chair and Program Officer. Voting is now online, and I encourage
everyone to participate. I would like to echo Ken's call for
members to consider serving the Division as Officers, and invite
anyone interested to send me a message to that effect. I will compile
the list and pass it on to next year's nominating committee.
Society Secretaries meeting in New Orleans last January, Sunny Boyd
(SICB Secretary) charged the Division Secretaries to review their
divisional bylaws, and propose revisions to offices, terms, and other
aspects with a view towards attaining consistency across the society.
To this end we have attached a draft of proposed changes, for review
and discussion by the membership. Please let us know your thoughts;
email me or any of the Officers. The more significant changes include
more explicit identification of "elect" offices and terms (which
will also help in planning elections and clarifying officer
transitions), extending the term of the Secretary to three years,
relying upon term length to stagger elections and terms within the
Executive Committee, and more explicit information on student best
incorporating feedback, and as provided by our current bylaws, we
will present a motion for revising the division bylaws to the
membership in the Fall newsletter or at the Annual Business Meeting
Changes to DSEB Bylaws
Comments to DSEB Secretary, Pat
Reynolds <email@example.com>, before September 1, 2004
on final version will take place via Fall newsletter or at 2005
The proposed bylaws with changes indicated are available in PDF format for downloading/viewing using Adobe Reader or similar software: Proposed DSEB Bylaws (.pdf)
of the DSEB Annual Business Meeting, 7 Jan. 2004, New Orleans
meeting convened at 5:38 pm; 11 members were present (reaching
There was discussion on 3 items brought by Chair Rich Mooi from the
SICB Executive Committee:
Consideration of support being resumed for a Congressional Fellow.
The body was in general agreement.
Consideration of SICB sponsorship of a symposium at an international
conference being held in North America. Views were mixed, and the
discussion wide-ranging on issues of symposium support.
Consideration of SICB holding a future meeting outside of the US.
Rich noted that the 2007 venue was being left open for the moment to
allow for the possibility of finding a venue in South or Central
America, e.g., Mexico. Some discussion ensued.
Mooi welcomed the new Chair of DSEB, Ken Halanych.
Mooi appointed the 2004 nominating committee, consisting of Rachel
Collin (Chair), Marta de Maintenon, and Pat Reynolds.
Halanych, standing in for Program Officer Don Swiderski who
unexpectedly couldn't attend the meeting, reviewed programming
proposal from the Program Officers' meeting to change duration of
oral presentations in future meetings from 20 min to 15 min, due to
the large size of the current meeting (1300 abstracts); symposium
presentations would be set at 30 mins. Some discussion ensued.
reviewed the DSEB sponsorship for SICB symposia for the 2005 meetings
in San Diego:
sponsorship of the symposium "Evolution and Development of the
Vertebrate Dentition," organized by Moya Smith (King's College
London Dental Institute).
sponsorship for the Society-wide symposium "Terminal Addition,
Segmentation, and the Evolution of Metazoan Body Plan
Regionalization," organized by Nigel Hughes (U. of
California/Riverside) and David K. Jacobs (UCLA), and of the regular
symposium "WormNet: Recent Advances in Annelid Systematics,
Development, and Evolution," organized by Kenneth M. Halanych
an additional sponsoring division for the American Microscopical
Society symposium of "The New Microscopy: Toward a Phylogenetic
Synthesis," organized by Ruth Ann Dewel (Appalachian State
University), Kathy Coates (Bermuda Biological Station), Mary Beth
Thomas, Clay Cook (Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution), and
Julian Smith (Winthrop University)
urged those interested in organizing a symposium for the 2006
meetings in Orlando to contact the Program Officer, Don Swiderski. He
noted that nothing was currently on the slate, and proposals would be
best student paper award competition, organized by Don Swiderski,
comprised 12 entrants and 4 judges; the award would be given before
the next meeting.
Mooi brought several issues from the SICB Editorial Board, to which
he is a representative:
should the Editorial structure remain as at present
speed with which symposia are published, and if the rate of
submission could be speeded up
whether the students receiving an accommodation subsidy from the
society (250 at the current meeting), who no longer are operating
slide carousels, could be used in an editing or type copy role. Ken
Halanych suggested that the subsidized students could chair sessions,
perhaps partnered by a senior member to help drive discussion.
delegation from the SICB Executive Committee, including John
Wingfield (President), Sarah Woodin (President-Elect), Brett Burk
(Executive Director), and Ron Dimock (Treasurer) visited the meeting,
bringing salutations. John noted that the meeting was the biggest in
many years, with 1520 registrants, including 600 students, and was a
sign of expansion of the society. He further noted that there were
several issues on which he wanted to hear from the membership,
student support by the society, in terms of travel, research, and
diversity in the society, and particularly the possibilities for
outreach to Central and South America
society's role in issues of conservation biology
meeting adjourned at 6:28 pm
Meetings of Interest to the Division
Evolution Conference 2004, jointly sponsored by the Society for the
Study of Evolution, Society of Systematic Biologists, and The
American Society of Naturalists, will be held June 26-30, 2004, in
Fort Collins, Colorado, at Colorado State University, and hosted by
faculty in the Department of Biology (Lisa Angeloni, Mike Antolin,
Shanna Carney, Cameron Ghalambor, Mark Simmons and Colleen Webb) and
the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (Ruth
Hufbauer). Further information at:
: Biographies of candidates for DSEB Chair and DSEB Program Officer
Candidates for DSEB Chair
Assistant, Kresge Hearing Research Institute, and Adjunct
Research Investigator, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan.
Zoology, Michigan State University, 1990. M.S.,
Geology (Paleontology), Michigan State University, 1986. B.S.,
Geology, Michigan State University, 1981.
Experience: Instructor, Life Science, Washtenaw
Community College, 2003.
Lecturer, Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology, University of Michigan, 2002.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Zoology
Department, Michigan State University, 2001.
Research Assistant, Division of
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal
Medicine, and Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory, Department of
Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1991-1996.
Research Assistant, Department of
Geological Sciences and Museum of Paleontology, University of
Activities: Program Officer, DSEB, 2002-2005. .
Workshop Co-organizer (with C. Sheil)
"Systematics for Dummies, 2: Finding the Right Tree in the
Symposium Organizer "Beyond
Reconstruction: Using Phylogenies to Test Hypotheses about Vertebrate
Evolution," sponsored by DSEB, 2001.
Workshop Co-organizer (with A.
Maglia) "Systematics for Dummies, 1: Mapping and
Memberships: American Society of Mammalogists,
Society for the Study of Evolution,
American Association for the
Advancement of Science.
research focuses on the relationship of morphological diversity to
ecological and functional diversity, encompassing both variation
within species and differentiation between species. I am particularly
interested in the morphological diversity that is due to differences
of Goals: My
primary goal as an officer of this division is to foster a growing
awareness of the importance of systematics. A society that bills
itself as "integrative and comparative" needs a strong division
of systematic biology. As program officer, I have tried to promote
programs that highlight the role of systematics in comparative
studies, and then teach methods and provide resources for researchers
interested in similar studies. These projects have helped raise the
visibility of our division and attracted some active younger members.
Now is time to turn our attention to more directly building
membership and encouraging more active involvement of our existing
Candidates for DSEB Program Officer
Michele K. Nishiguchi
Position: 1999-present Assistant Professor, New Mexico State University
Education: 1994 Ph.D.,
UC Santa Cruz. 1989 M.S.,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. 1985 B.S.,
Experience: 1997-98 Postdoctoral Research
Scientist, Earth & Space Sciences, UCLA.
1994-97 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, U
Hawaii and USC.
1994 Teaching staff, McMurdo Station,
1989-93 Teaching Assistant,
Biology, UC Santa Cruz.
Activities: Member since 1987.
Malacological Union, American Society of Microbiology, Sigma
Xi, Society for the Study of Evolution.
of animal and bacterial associations; development and specificity of
symbiotic relationships. Specifically, the mutualistic association
between sepiolid squids (Cephalopoda) and their Vibrio
symbionts. Mechanisms of host-symbiont recognition, and assessesment
of environmental factors and inherent genetic characters affecting
speciation and diversity among Vibrio bacteria.
of Goals: As
program officer for DSEB, I would promote more "between discipline"
symposia, as well as recruitment of underrepresented minorities into
the fields of integrative and comparative biology. Since SICB changed
its name from ASZ some time ago, I have felt the need to actually
start "integrating" many of the disciplines that are represented
(but usually in separate forums) at our annual meetings. In this
manner, we can then combine research foci from groups that may not
regularly have the chance to meet or exchange ideas and form new
collaborations. At New
Mexico State University, where our undergraduate student body is
represented by > 50% ethnically diverse groups, I have been
heavily involved in recruitment of underrepresented students to
science, and feel the need to increase their involvement at our
meetings. While seeking funding in their support, I would like to
initially incorporate special symposia that would focus on the
research from these students, and eventually have this as a regular
event within the society.
Curie Research Fellow, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
Education: 1997 Laurea
degree in Biological Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy.
in Zoology, University of Toronto, Canada.
2003-present, Marie Curie Research Fellow, Museum National
d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
since 1999; presentations at 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Annual
Meetings; co-organizer of the symposium on "Patterns and processes
in the evolution of fishes" held during the 2003 annual meeting in
Toronto and sponsored by SICB, DSEB, DVM, DEE, DEDB, and the
Paleontological Society; co-organizer of the "Phylogenetics for
dummies" workshop held during the 2003 annual meeting.
of Systematic Biology, Society for Conservation Biology, European
Society for Evolutionary Biology, National Association of Science
relationships of acanthomorph (spiny-rayed) fishes, with particular
emphasis on pufferfish and allies (Tetraodontiformes); evolution of
key morphological structures in fishes; problems associated the use
of model organisms in studies of evolutionary biology and genomics;
historical biogeography of the marine biota; theoretical aspects of
the use of incomplete fossil taxa in phylogenetic analyses.
of Goals: I would
like to see DSEB increase the number of its members, and I think that
in order to do this the Division should try to recruit new members
outside the traditional membership of SICB, a society that has
historically been dominated by zoologists. As program officer of DSEB
I would try to attract a greater number of botanists,
microbiologists, and paleontologists to SICB meetings through
symposia, workshops, and other activities in which DSEB is
traditionally involved. As most members of SICB reside in the US and
Canada, I would also try to develop ways to encourage the
participation of fellow systematists from other countries to our
Link to officer list on DSEB page