Keynote Speaker

Dr. Susan Kidwell, William Rainey Harper Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago will be kicking off this years meeting.

Learn more about Dr. Kidwell's work here.

Symposia and Workshops

The currently planned symposia and workshops are listed below. However, if you are interested in organizing a symposium or workshop, please contact us at ams.wsm2018@gmail.com. 

Presidents Symposium

Celebrating women in malacology

In keeping with the primary theme of this years meeting, increasing diversity and building capacity for the future of malacology, AMS and WSM presidents have selected to highlight the role of women in malacology. The presence of female role models increases female participation in STEM fields. To inspire the next generation of female researchers in systematics, evolution, ecology and conservation biology, Yeung, Johnson, and Strong are organizing a symposium that showcases the contributions of past, present and early career female researchers in malacology.

Organizers:

Norine Yeung (Bishop Museum)

Email: nyeung@hawaii.edu

Rebecca Johnson (California Academy of Sciences)

Email: rjohnson@calacademy.org

Ellen Strong (National Museum of Natural History)

Email: stronge@si.edu

Other Symposia

The Revitalization of Natural History Museums

Natural history museums are continually striving to integrate science with outreach and effectively engage with the public. Topics such as the power of crowd sourcing (citizen science), digitization efforts, museum-based clubs and other activities among other topics will be discussed.

Organizers:

Rebecca Johnson (California Academy of Sciences)

Email: rjohnson@calacademy.org

Paul Callomon (Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)

Email: prc44@drexel.edu

Stemming the Tide of Extinction

Molluscs are among the most threatened groups of animals, particularly Pacific island land snails (PILS). Habitat destruction, invasive species, and climate change are among the greatest threats, exacerbated by a poor systematic and biogeographic knowledge. A special session will be organized within this symposium for researchers and conservation managers focused on PILS to develop a consortium for determining short- and long-term research goals and conservation management priorities. Invited participants include researchers and conservationists from Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Tahiti, Hawaii, continental US, London, and Japan.

Organizers:

Diarmaid Ó Foighil (University of Michigan)

Email: diarmaid@umich.edu

Kenneth Hayes (Howard University)

Email: hayes.ken@gmail.com

Impacts of invasive species

Non-native molluscs are major agricultural pests, threaten the integrity of natural ecosystems, and serve as vectors of zoonotic diseases. This symposium will include the latest research in invasive molluscs, with presentations from national and international researchers. In conjunction with this symposium a taxonomic workshop will be held to provide training in surveys, identification, and distribution of current and potential invasive land snail species with specific emphasis on Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

Organizers:

Norine Yeung (Bishop Museum)

Email: nyeung@hawaii.edu

Kenneth Hayes (Howard University)

Email: hayes.ken@gmail.com

John Slapcinsky (Florida Museum of Natural History)

Email: slapcin@flmnh.ufl.edu

Register for the 1-day Taxonomic Workshop


Amateur Malacologists and Citizen Scientists

Amateurs are those working in malacology that are usually not paid for their work. These individuals are usually self-educated naturalists, professionals working in other fields or even retired specialists (many at the pinnacle of their careers). This symposium aims to recognize the significant role of amateurs in modern malacology and to present their citizen science activities. It is open to a variety of topics such as the importance of private collections; local examples of diversity loss including studies on underrepresented groups; citizen´s species inventories; dealer´s contributions to science; private digitization efforts and digital imaging in diversity exploration; and evidences of taxonomic impediment.

Organizer:

Manuel Caballer Gutierrez (Muséum National d´Histoire naturelle, Paris)

Email: manuel.caballer-gutierrez@mnhn.fr


2018 Meeting Contact: ams.wsm2018@gmail.com

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