Robert D. Podolsky
Candidates for President Elect
Position: Associate Professor & Marine Biology Coordinator,
Education: B.S. 1988. Wake
Forest University; Ph. D. 1994. University of Texas at Austin
Assistant and Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institution; Adjunct Scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory.
Postdoctoral fellow, Rutgers University; Postdoctoral
fellow, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Multiple Oceanographic
Cruises. Additional teaching experience at Friday Harbor
Laboratories, Bermuda Biological Station. Teaching experience at
Auburn University, Friday Harbor Labs, Woods Hole Oceanographic
SICB Activities: 2004-2006
Chair DSEB; 2006 Student poster judge for DIZ; 2005 Organizer
"WormNet" Symposium; 2000-2001 co-secretary DEDB; 2001
Participant of "Lesser known protostomes" symposium; 2000
Participant of "Hox gene and morphological evolution" symposium;
1998 Co-organizer "Evolutionary relationships of Metazoan Phyla"
symposium; 1998 DIZ best student paper committee; 1990 Session
co-chair; 1990 Local organization committee for San Antonio meeting.
Other Memberships: Society
of Molecular Biology and Evolution; Society of Systematic Biologists;
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Interests: Evolutionary origins and relationships of major
metazoan lineages (including body plan origins and evolution);
molecular systematics and phylogenetic theory, diversification of
hydrothermal vent fauna (especially pogonophorans), dispersal and
evolution of Antarctic marine invertebrates.
Goals Statement: By its
very nature SICB is an exceptional society because it brings together
scientist working across the broad spectrum of biology. This
diversity is clearly one of the strengths of the Society and has been
a substantial benefit to the membership. Moreover, this diversity
means that the Society as a whole has considerable expertise in
biological research, teaching, outreach, and other aspects of biology
that interface with the lay public. Events over the last few years,
indicate an alarming devaluation of the sciences by both the lay
public and policy makers. SICB has an obligation to educate
non-scientist (as is also mentioned the Society's Constitution and
other documents). The Society leadership is already making clear
efforts to improve our outreach, education and political activities.
However, we can still do more. One of the ways we can improve our
efforts is by developing liaison's with societies where we are
traditionally weak (i.e., botany, microbiology, molecular genetics).
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Richard A. Satterlie
Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Marine Biology,
Department of Biology and Marine Biology and Center for Marine
Science, University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Sonoma State University (California); Ph.D. University of
California, Santa Barbara; Post-doc, University of Alberta (and
Bamfield Marine Station)
Experience: Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, Arizona
State University (1980 - 2004). Current position (above) 2004 to
Honors and Awards: Grass
Foundation Fellowship in Neurobiology, Marine Biological
Laboratory, Woods Hole,
MA.; Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Post-Doctoral
of Alberta; Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award - College of
Liberal Arts and
Sciences, Arizona State University (and three other teaching awards);
Award - Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California;
Fulbright Scholar at
the University of St. Andrews (1994); Parents Association
State University (1994-96); John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Symposium organizer (4 times and one in progress), Program Officer
for Division of Neurobiology from its inception to present; Member,
Editorial Board for Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Society for Neuroscience; International Society for Neuroethology.
Neurobiology. Control of locomotion and specifically locomotory
speed using marine invertebrate model organisms (mollusks,
jellyfish), escape responses, and more recently, neurobiological
bases of motivation and arousal. I use a combination of
electrophysiology, histology, immunohistochemistry, and electron
microscopy, and through collaborations, relationships between nervous
and muscle activities and biomechanics in these locomotory systems.
Activities: My debut novel, Phoenix (Historical, American
West, 1870s), will be published by Whiskey Creek Press on 1 July of
2006. A short story (The Stick) will appear in Fear: An
Anthology of Horror and Suspense on 1 October of 2006, also from
Whiskey Creek Press. I have completed three other novels that are
currently being shopped. Four of my poems were published in the
April, 2006 issue of the Andwerve Literary Journal.
Statement: In the near future, the volatility of institutional
journal sales may create fiscal challenges for SICB. Additional new
ideas for building our endowment base should be sought now while the
society is on solid financial footing. This should be done without
sacrificing any of the programs of support, particularly for our
student and post-doc members. In fact, every effort should be made
to expand these programs. Membership in the society is beginning to
go international, and this should be expanded, particularly from the
Americas and Canada. The strong position of symposia in our annual
meetings should be maintained, even though support from the
traditional federal programs seems to be tightening. Alternative
means of symposium support should be further investigated. SICB is
currently robust and growing. The immediate challenge will be to
keep it going in that direction.
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Candidates for Member-At-Large Elect
Associate Professor, Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University; 2006-
Education: 1981 B.A.: Zoology, Humboldt State
University, CA, USA. 1989 Ph.D.: Biology, University of Southern
California, CA, USA.
Assistant Professor, Biology, Illinois Wesleyan University,
2001-2005; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University
1996-2000; Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Washington, 1994;
Post-doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Marine Station, 1991, 1993;
Post-doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center,
1992; Post-doctoral Fellow, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution,
SICB Activities: Member
(from 1987); 16 presentations. DIZ: Secretary (2001-2003), Student
Best Paper Award Reviewer (DIZ, DEE)
American Microscopical Society, Sigma Xi
Biology of invertebrate developmental stages; with a particular
interest in the energetics of development and patterns and processes
associated with nutrient assimilation and distribution within larval
Goals Statement: From my graduate students to
date my involvement with the Society has been largely "local" as
a presenter and through my engagement with the Division of
Invertebrate Zoology. It now seems reasonable to broaden the scope
of my participation to society-wide service. I view the role of the
Member-at-Large as a facilitator of exchange between the society
constituency and the Executive Committee. Further I offer a
commitment to maintain and foster the broad disciplinary base that
has been the hallmark of the SICB and to serve as an advocate for
student (both undergraduate and graduate) involvement in the society.
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position: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Duke
University, Durham, NC. (2001-present)
1988, B.A. in Mathematics, Swarthmore College; 1996, Ph.D. in
Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
experience: 2003-present, Adjunct Scientist, Nicholas School of
the Environment, Duke University; 2002-present, Adjunct Scientist,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; 2000-2001, Assistant Scientist,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 1999-2000, Postdoctoral
Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; 1997-1998,
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution;
1996-1997, Lecturer, Department of Biology, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill; 1991-1994, National Science Foundation
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
activities: 1991-present, member; 2002-2004, Bartholomew award
committee; 2003, nominating committee, Division of Invertebrate
Zoology; 2003, 2007, co-organizer of two symposiums (one upcoming),
editor of the proceedings of the first symposium.
memberships: Sigma Xi.
interests: Visual ecology of pelagic species,
including topics such as: organismal and ocular
bioluminescence, polarization and ultraviolet vision, and optical
sampling techniques for zooplankton.
statement: SICB has been my intellectual home
since the Atlanta meeting in 1991, during which I gave my first
terrified talk. Since then, I have talked at every meeting but one,
including one in a leg brace and another using borrowed clothing and
no slides. The main purpose of the member-at-large is to tell the
society's leadership what the members are thinking, something that
I have been doing for a number of years. My goal is to continue this.
One of the reasons I have stayed with SICB over the years is that I
always felt that the leadership listened to me. If I can repay even
some of this, I will be happy.
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position: Professor, Biology, Swarthmore College, PA;
B.A. Biology, Western New Mexico University; M.S. Zoology University
of Florida; Ph.D. Anatomy, The University of Chicago.
Experience: While rising through the academic ranks at Swarthmore
College I have served as Chair of Biology, Chair of the Division of
Natural Sciences and Engineering and Co-Chair of the planning and
building committee for our new Science Center. I was a post-doc and
clinical lecturer at the Marine Science and Maritime Studies
Center, Northeastern University and have been a visiting scientist at
Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington; The Darling
Center, University of Maine; Lizard Island Research Station,
Activities: I've been a member since graduate school and have
taken part in some sort of presentation at most of our annual
meetings since then. I've served on student best paper committees
for DIZ and DEE many times, made various presentations to graduate
students and post docs about careers, worked on the public relations
committee and lead a fund-raising drive for the Libbie Hyman
Scholarship. I was Chair of DIZ and am currently co-editor (with
Steve Vogel) of the Biomechanics webpage for the SICB Digital
Memberships: American Microscopical Society, Sigma Xi
Interests: I use biomechanics theory and techniques to test
questions about the functional morphology of invertebrates. My
questions are usually framed within an evolutionary or ecological
SICB is the home for those with an organismal perspective who are
interested in thinking and working across different levels of
biological organization. I know of no other setting in which this
happens with such passion and productivity. To that end the two most
important things to me are that the meeting continues to be
successful, interesting and rewarding to its participants and that
new biologists feel welcomed and engaged. I believe the position of
member-at-large is an important link making sure that the
membership's views and interests are well represented in the
deliberations of the Executive Committee and likewise that the
different aspects and ramifications of current decisions are
understood by the membership. I would be happy to work at that
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Associate Professor of Biology, Dickinson College
Biology, Harvard College, 1982; Ph.D., Neurobiology, Cornell
University, 1990; Postdoctoral fellow, University of Hawaii,
Experience: Assistant Professor of Biology, Dickinson College,
1993-1999; Associate Professor of Biology, Dickinson College,
1999-present. Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii, 1997-1998.
Visiting Lecturer, University of Otago (New Zealand), 2004-2005.
Summer Investigator, University of Washington Friday Harbor
Laboratories, 2000-2003, 2005-2006.
Member since 1990, no committee service to date. Primary Divisional
affiliations are Invertebrate Zoology and Neurobiology.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society for
Neurobiology and behavior of marine invertebrate larvae, especially
the neural control of metamorphosis in gastropod molluscs.
SICB has two great strengths that are not duplicated by any other
professional organization. First, it is a superb forum for
cross-disciplinary work that spans levels of integration. Second, it
offers a venue for student research that is friendly, accessible, and
rigorous. As member at large I would seek to maintain these core
strengths, while supporting efforts to increase the appeal of the
Society and our meeting to young investigators who are centered in
the more reductionist disciplines of biology, but looking to connect
to a more integrative context.
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Robert D. Podolsky
Assistant Professor, Biology Department and Grice Marine Laboratory,
College of Charleston, Charleston SC.
Education: 1985 A.B. Biology, Princeton University; 1989
M. S. University of Florida, Gainesville; 1995 Ph.D. University of
Professional Experience: Assistant
Professor, Biology, College of Charleston, 2005-present; Assistant
Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1999-2005.
Member since 1992; student paper awards from DIZ (1992) and Adrian M.
Wenner award (1995); regular student paper and poster judge for DIZ &
DEE; symposium participant 2003 ("Selection and Performance in
Nature"); symposium organizer 2006 ("Marine Life Cycles");
Membership Diversity committee 2004-present.
Memberships: Society for the Study of Evolution, American Society
Research Interests: Evolutionary and
physiological ecology; life-history evolution and larval ecology;
fertilization ecology; phenotypic plasticity; functional biology of
marine invertebrates; phylogenetic and comparative methods.
As a professional organization and annual meeting, ASZ/SICB has been
my highest priority since I was an early graduate student. I have
admired and benefited from its devotion to student support and to the
conceptual integration of biology, and I would be honored to have
this opportunity to contribute my ideas and time at a higher level.
I am especially interested in four issues: ways to promote greater
society-wide interaction; ways to promote and support the involvement
of students from diverse cultural backgrounds; improved understanding
of what members (especially students) find attractive or superfluous
about meetings; and ways for the society to become more inclusive of
fields that were not well-represented in ASZ but that ought to be a
major component of SICB. For our symposium last year, for example,
we invited algal biologists who were excited to learn about the
Society and its goals. I feel SICB has great potential to expand its
membership and its taxonomic coverage by attracting more non-animal
biologists who work on a common range of biological problems.
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