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See you in New Orleans in 2016!

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans, Louisiana, next July 6th to 10th for the 74th Annual Meeting of the Herpetologists’ League at the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH). The conference website is at Registration information and the call for papers will be forthcoming in January. The meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel on Canal Street, just steps away from the French Quarter. Go to to make your reservations.

Herpetologists’ League Sponsored Symposia for the 2016 JMIH:

Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics Across Taxa: Fishes, Amphibians and Reptiles (jointly sponsored by HL, SSAR and ASIH). Chaired by David M. Green and Andrew Hendry.

Evolution is driven by ecological differences. Just as obviously, ecological processes are influenced by evolution. Not so obvious is how these interactions play out on the short time scales most relevant to conservation and management. It is well established that ecological changes will lead to phenotypic changes in natural populations. These phenotypic changes can be substantial, particularly when humans are involved. What is not known generally is just how much of this phenotypic change is the result of evolution and how much is the result of phenotypic plasticity. Even less is known about how these contemporary phenotypic changes then influence ecological variables on similar time frames. Do ecological changes, such as invasive species or climate change, drive appreciable evolutionary change measureable in only years or decades? Does such evolution, in turn, influence ecological variables, such as population dynamics, community composition or ecosystem function, on similar time scales? These potential interactions between ecology and evolution represent the growing field of eco-evolutionary dynamics. Many of the best examples of eco-evolutionary dynamics come from studies of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. This symposium will showcase that research. Speakers: Marissa Baskett, Steven Brady, Jayna DeVore, Andrew Henry, Suzanne Kelson, Eric Palkovacs, Ben Phillips, Barry Sinervo, Tom Schoener, and Mark Urban.

Social Behavior in Reptiles: Secretive does not mean Asocial (sponsored by HL). Chaired by Sean Doody, Gordon Burghardt and Vladimir Dinets, Although social behavior in vertebrates spans a continuum from solitary to highly social, taxa are often dichotomized as either ‘social’ or ‘non-social’. We argue that this social dichotomy is overly simplistic, neglects the diversity of vertebrate social systems, impedes our understanding of the evolution of social behavior, and perpetuates the erroneous belief that one group – the reptiles – is primarily ‘non-social’. The symposium will unite researchers of social behavior of reptiles from around the world and those working on lizards, snakes, turtles and crocodiles. It will highlight the diversity and complexity of reptile social systems, and demonstrate how reptiles can contribute to our understanding of the evolution of vertebrate social behavior.

Social Events at the 2016 JMIH will include:

No Host Social. July 6; 7:00 p.m. Join your colleagues on Wednesday evening in the lobby bar of the New Orleans Marriott. This is a time for informal networking between students, post-docs, and new and seasoned professionals.

HL/SSAR Student Social. July 7; 5:00-6:00 p.m. Join HL and SSAR Board members and invited senior herpetologists at this special reception for current student members of HL and SSAR. All student members attending the JMIH will receive an invitation. Don’t miss out! Join HL and/or SSAR today to take advantage of this networking opportunity! Finger food and drink tickets will be provided.

Joint Meeting Opening Reception. July 7; 6:00-9:00 p.m. This year’s Joint Meeting opening reception will be at Mardi Gras World. Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has built the breathtaking parade floats for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, as well as other parades throughout the world. Starting with a walk through the float den, we will see a sample of these spectacular floats that are created by the artisans of Mardi Gras World and what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. The reception menu will include Cajun specialities such as crawfish beignets, Cajun chicken and andouille gumbo, plus an open beer, wine and soda bar. The Joint Meeting reception is included in all full conference, first exhibitor representative, and accompanying persons’ registration fees.

ASIH 100th Anniversary Celebration. July 10, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Join friends and colleagues at Mid City Lanes Rock n Bowl to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of ASIH. Rock N Bowl is a New Orleans institution, and one of the favorite spots in New Orleans for locals to listen to zydeco music and dance the night away. Come early for dance lessons, bowl a few games if you’d like and enjoy a fun evening of eating, drinking and local music. The evening menu will include highlights of New Orleans cuisine, including shrimp remoulade, chicken and andouille jambalaya and crawfish etouffee, with an open bar.

HL/SSAR Live Auction. July 10, 9:00 p.m. – midnight. The HL/SSAR live auction is an opportunity to support the programs of SSAR and HL and to clean out your office or house of those interesting and valuable herp or fish related items. Any herp or fish related item – including books, art, sculptures, famous autographs, field equipment, or clothing – is appreciated. Please note that items made from amphibians, reptiles, fish, or parts thereof, should NOT be donated. Donations are tax deductible. Receipts will be issued on request (please request receipt at time of donation). If you are interested in donating to the Live Auction, please contact Samantha Kahl for more information.

Please have shipments for the Live Auction addressed to:

Kyle Piller
Attn: SSAR Silent Auction
Southeastern Louisiana University
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Hammond, LA 70402

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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