as a Communication Channel.
is a "hot" topic in behavioral circles today and one aspect of communication
that is just now being explored by behavioral ecologists is vibration. This
symposium will bring together for the first time scientists and engineers who
are studying vibration in communication. Organized by Peggy Hill for DAB and
Starting from Fins: Parallelism in the Evolution of Limbs and Genitalia.
One implication of parallelism is that the genetic material on which a given
set of selective pressures act is more likely to be the same in a case of
parallelism than in convergence. This symposium will examine parallelism in two
major evolutionary transitions, from paired fins to limbs and from an unpaired fin
to genitalia in disparate metazoans. Organized by Eduardo Rosa-Molinar and Ann
Burke for the new Division of Evolution and Developmental Biology.
Control of Vertebrate Feeding: Function and Evolution.
study of muscle activity during vertebrate feeding has exploded in the last 15
years, with virtually every major vertebrate group being examined, and a number
of hypotheses being generated. This symposium will synthesize recent studies to
re-evaluate these hypotheses. Organized by Michael Alfaro and Anthony Herrel
Strategies of Invertebrates in Aquatic Environments.
organisms are subject to selection from a variety of environmental factors to
which they respond during development. This symposium will bring together
phsiologists and ecologists to better understand the resulting ontogenetic
strategies seen in diverse invertebrates. Organized by Guy Charmantier and
Donna Wolcott for The Crustacean Society, DEE and DIZ.
Is it more than a Disease? A Comparative Look at Stress and Adaptation.
the past two decades there has been increasing interest in the neurobiology and
endocrinology of the stress response in vertebrates. The goal of this two-day
symposium is to examine the phylogenetic diversity of the endocrine stress
response and explore mechanisms of adaptation from a comparative perspective.
Organized by James Carr and Cliff Summers for DCE and DNB.
Muscles, and Macroevolution.
functional morphologists have included modern tools such as high-speed imaging
and electromyography to quantify animal behavior and muscle activity patterns.
This symposium intends to present innovative research that extends
beyond "traditional" functional morphology. Organized by Miriam Ashley-Ross,
Alice Gibb, and Lara Ferry-Graham for DVM, DCPB, and DEDB.
and Animal Physiological Ecology, Comparative Physiology/Biochemistry, and
Evolutionary Physiology: Opportunities for Synergy.
and animals have distinct phylogenetic heritages and often interact with the
environment in fundamentally different ways. Speakers in this symposium have
been asked to examine common issues of environmental variation, stress, or
adaptation from the plant or animals perspective to promote synthetic
discussion. Organized by Martin Feder, Steve Hand, Jim Coleman, Vince
Gutschick, and Arnold Bloom for the Section on Physiological Ecology of the
Ecological Society of America, DCPB and DEE.
"Lesser-known" Protostome Taxa: Evolution, Development, and Ecology.
of the lesser-known protostome taxa, such as onychophorans, rotifers,
nematomorphs, and kinorhynchs are becoming important for testing hypotheses of
animal phylogeny, and it timely to re-examine what is currently known about
them. That is what this symposium intends to do. Organized by Jim Garey for
DIZ, DEDB, DSEB, and the American Microscopical Society.
Entertainment, and Teaching: Bringing Cutting Edge Biology to the Public and
imaginative symposium will combine for the first time research biologists and
creative artists in the entertainment industry with the goal to highlight
biological content in entertainment vehicles, novel teaching techniques, and
scientific data of compelling use to both the entertainment and teaching
professions. Organized by Stuart Sumida and Elizabeth Rega for DVM.
of stability and maneuverability in animals are concerned with both the
physiology and mechanics of moving. This two-day symposium will bring together
physiologists, morphologists, engineers, and mathematicians to seek common
solutions. Organized by Frank Fish and Bob Full for DVM and DCPB.
Aspects of Epithelial Structure and Function.
symposium is a tribute to John E. Phillips who brought together three areas of
research: epithelial structure, ion transport, and endocrinology. Organized by
Tim Bradley and Mary Chamberlin for DCPB.
Together: The Dynamics of Symbiotic Interactions.
are many types of symbioses at various taxonomic levels that are usually
studied separately. This very broad two-day symposium will bring people
together who work on many different systems, microbes, plants, and animals to
foster symbiosis among the speakers. Organized by Mary Beth Saffo for DIZ and
DAB as a Society-wide symposium.
and Restructuring Science Curricula: A "How to" Symposium.
education is widely touted by political candidates, it is generally recognized
that technological breakthroughs have far outpaced science curriculum
development and faculty training. This symposium is designed to provide a
toolbox for those interested in science curriculum reform. Organized by Ali
Whitmer for the Education Council.
minisymposium will concentrate on molecular, evolutionary, and hormonal
mechanisms controlling amphibian metamorphosis, as a model system for
understanding how hormones orchestrate development. Organized by Jai Menon and
Robert Denver for DCE.
Physiology to the Field: Advances in Investigating Physiological Function in
and ecological physiologists have succeeded in describing numerous marvelous
ways organisms are specialized for life in a variety of habitats. But most of
this work has been done in the laboratory. This symposium explores how to
proceed to looking at physiological function under natural conditions in the
field. Organized by David Goldstein and Berry Pinshow for DCPB.
International Biodiversity Observation Year, 2001-2002
H. Wall and Gina A. Adams
Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
year to focus global attention on biodiversity and the sciences that explore it
is being planned for 2001- 2002 (Norris, 2000). The International Biodiversity
Observation Year (IBOY) is an initiative of DIVERSITAS, the international
program of biodiversity science sponsored by IUBS, SCOPE, UNESCO, ICSU, IGBP
IBOY is a window in time, for programs that examine biodiversity and its links
to ecosystems and society, to communicate their findings and the importance of
their work to a broad audience. Organizers hope that IBOY will generate the
momentum, collaborations and public mandate required to advance international
and integrated approaches to biodiversity research and conservation. For
example, promoting coordinated, long-term, international biodiversity
monitoring programs and new coalitions for swifter incorporation of scientific
findings into the media, education and decision-making.
for IBOY began in 1997, as scientists increasingly recognized the need to
integrate the different dimensions of biodiversity research, in order to
understand the links between biodiversity and sustainable ecosystems and
societies. They also perceived an urgent need to communicate what is already
known about these links, to provide accurate, science-based information on how
changes in biodiversity may impact daily living.
international Steering Committee, chaired by Diana Wall, and an Advisory Board
of preeminent scientists and communicators, is directing IBOY towards its two
primary goals, to:
and integrate biodiversity science, advancing a holistic understanding of
the public about biodiversity, explaining the implications of biodiversity
research and the opportunities for further discovery
the core of IBOY is a diverse portfolio of international research, informatics
and education and outreach projects, addressing the questions: What
biodiversity do we have and where is it? How is biodiversity changing? What
goods and services does biodiversity provide? and How can we conserve
are participating in the IBOY at two levels:
- over 40 projects, across more than 50 countries. Core Projects are
international and will have a peak of activity and products during 2001 or
2002. They will be the focus of the IBOY's publicity and synergistic
- are often smaller-scale projects. IBOY will highlight them through a
web-based map and directory of biodiversity research and education projects
occurring around the world in 2001 and 2002.
does not fund projects, but will highlight them, provide opportunities for
networking and cross-collaboration, and explain their significance to a broad
audience. IBOY meetings will bring scientific disciplines together to advance
integrated research and will build bridges between science, education and the
media to improve transfer of science-based information on biodiversity into
public and policy spheres. Other synergistic activities being planned include a
television series and accompanying educational materials, media campaign,
publications, webpages and participation in national biodiversity events.
approaches to examining biodiversity are coming together for the IBOY and will
deliver urgently needed biological information on the status and trends of
biodiversity and ecosystems. Scientific voyages of discovery are exploring
little-known habitats to describe their fauna and flora and its distribution.
For example in a project called DIVA, Dr. Johann Wagele will lead a joint
Spanish and German expedition to examine patterns of deep-sea biodiversity
along a latitudinal gradient of the Atlantic Ocean, and Dr. Tom Illife is
leading a world-wide effort to survey the fauna and flora of anchialine
(inland, salt-water) caves. AmphibiaWeb, (http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/aw/
an interactive, web-based communication and database system, led by Dr. David
Wake, will deliver information on status and trends of amphibian species and
the ecosystems that they inhabit. Other projects are examining the functional
diversity of ecosystems, such as a contribution from the FLUXNET network,
directed by Dr. Dennis Baldocchi, that will measure the diverse metabolic
, energy and water fluxes) of ecosystems in response to environmental factors.
Other projects are examining the ability of biodiversity to provide ecosystem
goods and services. For example, LITUS, led by Dr. Magda Vincx and Dr. Jan
Marcin Weslawski will survey beaches from the tropics to the arctic, assessing
the impacts of tourism on their biodiversity and productivity. It will publish
its findings as guidelines for the public and policymakers. The Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment (http://www.ma-secretariat.org
(MEA), coordinated by Dr. Walter Reid, will publish a protocol for the first
science-based assessment of the status of the world’s ecosystems and
their abilities to meet future needs.
are still accepting proposals for projects and welcome your suggestions and
comments for making IBOY a global success. More information on how to get
involved, or details on existing projects, can be found at
Or by contacting Dr. Diana Wall (IBOY Chair) or Dr. Gina Adams (IBOY Program
Officer), Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort
Collins, CO 80523-1499, USA. Tel: +1 970 491 1984; Fax: +1 970 491 3945; email
S. 2000. A Year for Biodiversity. BioScience 50(2): 103-107
Relaunching Zoology - Call for Papers
Zoology is a journal devoted to the publication of original research papers in comparative and organismic studies in animal science. After years of struggle for existence a new group of editors, a new ambitious advisory board, and a professional editorial office have guided Zoology through a rejuvenation process to regain its position as an internationally recognized journal of zoology. We can offer high scientific standards, short review time, and a guaranted publication time of three months after acceptance of a manuscript for publication. Color plates are available free of charge at the editor's discretion. An on-line version of Zoology is published simultaneously with the printed journal.
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Ruth Turner, a member of ASZ/SICB throughout her career, was a pioneer in the field
of marine biodeterioration research and a world authority on the biology of marine
wood borers, particularly the shipworms. She began her career as an accomplished
ornithologist but switched to malacology after meeting William J. Clench, curator of
molluscs at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in the early 1940's. In 1971
she became the first woman to dive in the research submersible ALVIN, as part of her
pioneering experiments on the biological deterioration of wood in the deep sea. In
1976 she became Professor of Biology, curator in Malacology, at the Museum of
Comparative Zoology. She was also a gifted self-taught scientific illustrator, as
exemplified in her treatise A Survey and Illustrated Catalogue of the Teredinidae
Ruth was an amazingly modest person, despite her many accomplishments, and devoted herself to helping others. Indeed, Ruth gave hardly a thought to advancing
her own career. It seems that she spent at least half of her time writing letters of
recommendation for other people. And she was continually putting people up at her
house --even people she had never met-- if they were visiting for a meeting or coming
for a few days to work in the Harvard museum. It wasn't in her to ever turn anyone
down: If she had one position open in her lab and 2 people applying for it, she would
divide the job in 2 and hire both people. In short, if you were interested in biology,
she was always there for you. She also loved teaching: surely hundreds of students,
from 5th graders to undergraduates to graduate students, can attest to her infectious enthusiasm about biology, and marine biology in particular. Her knowledge and great
friendship will be missed.
Jan A. Pechenik, Colleen Cavanaugh, Roger Mann