students and post-docs. I hope that everyone enjoyed the Orlando
meeting. The contribution of junior society members was, as always,
tremendous. Remember that in addition to attending talks, poster
sessions and socials, business meetings are a great way to become
involved in the society and I hope that some of you participated. I
welcome feedback and suggestions based upon your experiences in
Orlando, particularly if this was your first time attending the
meeting. This kind of feedback will help us improve 'first-timer'
experiences in the future. In the meantime, I hope you all have a
year of productive research.
See you in Phoenix next year!
Message from the Student Awards Committee Chair
This year Sara Lindesay moved on to
bigger and better things, and I have taken over her duties. I would
like to thank Sara for all of her hard work over the several years.
This year I was not able to attend the meeting in Orlando because of two
new additions to my family (twin boys). However, because of the
efforts of Richard Turner and Cecelia Miles, who very kindly
volunteered to coordinate student judging, DIZ was able to continue
to acknowledge the excellent student contributions to SICB. I would
like to thank Richard, Cecelia, the judges, and students for
participating in the DIZ awards process.
This year there was a tie for best oral
presentation between Paola Lopez-Duarte for her talk entitled
"Endogenous swimming rhythms of fiddler crab zoeae from different
tidal regimes" and Greg Babbitt for his talk entitled "Are
fluctuating asymmetry studies adequately sampled? Implications of a
new model for size distribution." Honorable Mention went to Justin
McAlister for his talk entitled "Environmental heterogeneity and
the evolution of plasticity in Panamanian echinoid larvae." Best
poster presentation was awarded to Andrew Rhyne for his poster
entitled "A western Atlantic peppermint shrimp complex:
redescription of Lysmata wurdemanni (Gibbes), description of
four new species and remarks on L. rathbunae Chace (Crustacea:
Decapoda: Hippolytidae)" and honorable mention went to Phillip
Gravinese for his poster entitled "behavioral basis of depth
regulation in larvae of the florida stone crab Menippe mercenaria:
Responses to Hydrostatic Pressure." Congratulations!
Minutes of the 2006 Annual Business Meeting
January 5, 2006
Tom Wolcott (DIZ Chair)
opened the meeting by requesting motions to approve the minutes of
the previous year's meeting. The minutes were unanimously
Chair Wolcott announced
the results of the Chair election: Janice Voltzow will be the next
DIZ Chair. Congratulations were given to Janice; Jon Norenburg was
also thanked for his willingness to run for office.
Bob Thacker (DIZ
Secretary) encouraged all DIZ members to participate in updating the
DIZ Researchers Database on the SICB website; attendees requested a
future e-mail reminder about the database.
Chair Wolcott thanked
Richard Turner and Cecelia Miles for agreeing to help Ben Miner run
this year's Best Student Paper (BSP) competition. Attendees were
reminded that the BSP competition will be an issue on the Spring
Ballot. Specifically, should the divisional affiliation be removed
from the BSP requirements? Sara Lindsay also pointed out that we
should add a statement saying "A student can not win the same award
twice" to the requirements; this suggestion was met with general
Chair Wolcott and
Past-chair Rachel Mertz presented more information on the SICB
Digital Library, including the idea of a DIZ sub-library. The goal
of the library is to make many resources available for teaching,
including slide sets, syllabi, and digital videos. Editor(s) are
needed to help set up a peer-review process for the library.
Future meetings were
announced, and suggestions were requested for Eastern US venues.
Several attendees suggested holding a future meeting in New Orleans,
and general discussion followed, with suggestions of Las Vegas,
Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, and Washington, DC. Several
suggestions included moving away from resort-style environments and
were in favor of lower food, housing, and transportation costs,
especially with regard to student budgets.
The SICB Executive
Committee visited the meeting, and invited all to attend the General
SICB Business Meeting. A major point of discussion was the proposed
Division of Comparative Biomechanics.
Amy Moran (DIZ Program
Officer) detailed DIZ sponsorship of SICB Symposia in 2007 and 2008.
Amy encouraged all attendees to submit proposals for future symposia.
Trish Morse announced a
society-wide symposium scheduled for 2007 that will feature the SICB
Digital Library and sought DIZ co-sponsorship of this symposium.
Chair Wolcott discussed
changes in the society's journal, Integrative and Comparative
Biology. Editorial changes include a new editor, Hal Heatwole,
and a new editorial board. Nominations are currently sought to
represent DIZ on the editorial board, as well as at-large and
international members. Other new developments include publication by
Oxford University Press, with all archived articles on-line by March
2006. The on-line version allows color pictures and potentially
video. Attendees were reminded that Integrative and Comparative
Biology has first refusal of publications resulting from SICB
provided information on the status of Invertebrate Biology,
which is sponsored by AMS and DIZ. A new co-publishing partnership
with Blackwell allows on-line access through Synergy, with already
over 4000 downloads; Invertebrate Biology has also been invited to
join JSTOR's on-line archive, and has received over 3000 downloads
since August 2005. Submissions to the journal have doubled in the
past year. Patrick thanked his co-editor, Susie Balser, and welcomed
a new member of the editorial board, Bruno Pernet.
Vicki Pearse encouraged
all attendees to renew their current membership or to join AMS for
print and on-line access to Invertebrate Biology.
announced the first International Congress on Invertebrate
Morphology, to be held in Copenhagen in 2008.
Chair Wolcott also
discussed increased dues, as suggested during the SICB Executive
Committee meeting. Due to a loss of revenues from library
subscriptions, full member dues may become $100, with family dues
The proposed Division
of Comparative Biomechanics was further discussed; no problems were
brought up by the attendees. Chair Wolcott encouraged all to attend
the DIZ Social.
Chair Wolcott requested
volunteers to form a nominating committee to identify candidates for
DIZ Secretary-Elect. Bob Thacker outlined the duties expected of the
Secretary. Chair Wolcott appointed a nominating committee consisting
of Amy Moran, Erica Iyengar, and Beth Davis.
Sara Lindsay called for
a general round of applause to thank Richard Turner and Cecelia Miles
for agreeing to help Ben Miner coordinate this year's Best Student
Paper (BSP) competition.
Rachel Collin announced
that the 11th International Congress on Invertebrate Reproduction and
Development will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 6-9 August,
2007. Anyone interested in organizing a special session and /or
thematic symposia as part of the congress, please contact Rachel
Collin (email: email@example.com).
Sara Lindsay announced
that Kevin Eckelbarger and Jim Blake are organizing the 9th
International Polychaete Conference, which will be held in Portland,
Maine, USA, August 12-18, 2007. Interested participants please see:
A round of applause
thanked Tom Wolcott for his service and DIZ Chair, and welcomed
Janice Voltzow as the new DIZ Chair.
Submitted by RW
Elections: Candidates for DIZ Secretary
Please review the
biographies of our two candidates for the position of DIZ Secretary,
Larry Basch and Renae Brodie. We will hold an election for this
office later this spring.
Larry V. Basch
Associate Graduate Faculty, University of Hawai'i, Manoa (UHM),
Zoology, Botany, & Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology
Programs. Science Advisor, National Park Service, UHM,
Hawai'i-Pacific Islands Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit.
Education: 1979, B.S. (Biology),
Pennsylvania State University. 1985, M.A. (Biology), UCLA. 1993,
Ph.D. (Biology), University of California, Santa Cruz.
Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Institution of
Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego (UCSD).
Visiting Instructor/Faculty: Invertebrate Zoology, Kelp Forest
Ecology, Marine Ecology, University of California Santa Cruz. Marine
Ecology, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon.
Marine Zoology, Oceanography, Benthic Ecology, SIO, UCSD. Research
Associate, B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai'i.
SICB Activities: DIZ and DEE
Best Student Paper Judge.
Ecological Society of America, The George Wright Society,
International Society for Reef Studies,
Western Society of Naturalists.
Research Interests: Larval &
early post-larval ecology of marine invertebrates. Ecology &
evolution of reproduction & larval feeding. Larval metamorphosis,
settlement & recruitment. Marine population & community
ecology. Marine conservation biology.
Statement of Goals: As a member
of ASZ/SICB with primary affiliation in DIZ since my precompetent
larval stages (early 1980's), I've seen that DIZ has by nature
become a wonderfully diverse and integrative division reflecting
broad interests, and DIZ remains a consistent strength (dare I say
backbone?) of SICB. My simple goals as DIZ secretary would be to
sustain DIZ's historical continuity established by previous
secretaries by serving to: channel the flow of information from and
to DIZ members while recording the evolution of DIZ as you make it
happen; to bring your interests, questions and concerns to the
division, and; to get the big picture of DIZ activities to you as
fresh, interesting news. I would support innovations in the division
where members and officers see benefit. I would enjoy carrying out
secretarial tasks (mainly organizing website and newsletter
contributions) to help keep you up on DIZ and our interests in
invertebrate zoology. If asked to serve I'll give back to DIZ and
SICB with enthusiasm!
Renae J. Brodie
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of
South Carolina. Beginning Fall 2006: Assistant Professor, Biology
Department, Mount Holyoke College, MA.
B.A. (Aquatic Biology), U C Santa Barbara; 1999, Ph.D. (Zoology),
University of Washington, Seattle.
experience: 1999-2000, Lecturer, University of Washington,
Bothell, WA; 2000-2001, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Smithsonian
Marine Station at Fort Pierce, Florida; 2001-2002, Postdoctoral
Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
City, Panama; 2002-present, Assistant Professor, University of South
Member and presenter at SICB/ASZ Annual Meetings since 1995. Best
Student Paper 1998 (DAB); Judge, Best Student Presentation (DIZ),
The Crustacean Society, The Animal Behavior Society
Eco-physiology of crustaceans, evolutionary transitions and larval
Statement of goals:
As a member of SICB, I
have appreciated the camaraderie and networking opportunities
provided by the yearly conferences, especially during my years as a
graduate student and postdoctoral fellow. As secretary, I would
strongly support all activities that enhance student participation in
SICB. These efforts would include increasing funding for the Libbie
H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship and making graduate students from
universities near conference locations aware of SICB to draw in
potential first-timers. I would also make a strong effort to increase
the participation of minorities in SICB by advertising the
conferences more broadly and creating a mentorship program for
to DIZ By-Laws
Item 1. Officers'
There has been some
confusion as to when officers' terms start and end. In Article V,
the bylaws currently state:
shall assume their duties at the next annual meeting following their
It is proposed that
this sentence be changed to:
shall assume their duties at the conclusion of the annual meeting
following their election."
The Bylaws do not
reflect our current practice of electronic voting. The current
wording of Article XI is:
Article XI. Elections
Elections of officers
shall be held by mail. The Secretary shall mail ballots to the
membership of the Division in May. A brief biographical sketch for
each candidate shall accompany the ballots. The Secretary or SICB
Executive Director shall count, tabulate, record the votes received
by August 1, and notify the candidates for office of the results of
the election. In the event that a vote results in a tie, the members
of the Executive Committee shall vote by mail to resolve the tie.
It is proposed that
this article be changed to:
Article XI. Elections
Elections of officers
shall be held by mail or by electronic ballots. The Secretary or SICB
Executive Director shall distribute ballots to the membership of the
Division in May. A brief biographical sketch for each candidate shall
accompany the ballots. The Secretary or SICB Executive Director shall
count, tabulate, and record the votes received by August 1, and
notify the candidates for office of the results of the election. In
the event that a vote results in a tie, the members of the Executive
Committee shall vote to resolve the tie.
Item 3. Graduate
Student Presentation Awards.
In Article XVI of our
current bylaws, students participating in the DIZ graduate student
presentation awards competition must be members of DIZ. At the 2005
and 2006 DIZ Business Meetings, we discussed removing this
To make this change, it
is proposed that the following sentence in Article XVI be deleted:
student must be a member of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology."
Item 4. Graduate
Student Presentation Awards.
According to Article
XVI of our current bylaws, students participating in the DIZ graduate
student presentation awards can win each award multiple times. At
the 2006 Business Meeting, we discussed adding a sentence to Article
XVI, Section 3, stating:
"A student can not
win the same award twice."
Link to officer list on DIZ page