Oral Presentations & Symposia Schedule

American Elasmobranch Society

Applications of Physiological Ecology in Elasmobranch Research

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM; 10:00 AM – noon; 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Wedgwood Ballroom

“As technology advances, the research questions we ask become more complex. Consequently, lines that historically divided disciplines are blurred as fields shift towards using more interdisciplinary approaches. Physiological ecology represents an emerging, multidisciplinary research area within the greater field of organismal biology. Accordingly, the demarcation between ecology and physiology is becoming less defined as research in these fields advances and has led to the implementation of academic programs in physiological ecology or environmental physiology across the country (e.g. State University of New York, University of Nevada, and Pennsylvania State University). The inclusion of physiology into ecological studies and vice versa recognizes that both the animal and the environment impact each other, allowing us to elevate traditional studies that propose mechanisms for ecological patterns to testing those mechanisms to support observations.”

Christine Bedore, Ph.D., Georgia Southern University
Kady Lyons, Ph.D. candidate, University of Calgary

Herpetologists’ League
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

The Science, Management, and Policy of Amphibian Conservation: Extending the Legacy of Ray Semlitsch

Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM; 10:00 AM – noon; 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Glass Oaks Ballroom

“The goal of this symposium is to celebrate and extend the legacy of Raymond D. Semlitsch by highlighting work at the cutting edge of amphibian conservation biology.  Ray’s career was cut short with his untimely death on June 10, 2015.  Ray’s work touched on a number of areas in herpetology, but amphibian conservation was his passion and the focus of much of his research for the last two decades.  Ray’s accomplishments included editing a book titled Amphibian Conservation and publishing more than 240 manuscripts.  Ray’s work had profound effects on our understanding of the importance of small wetlands, terrestrial buffers around wetlands and streams, movement ecology, and the effects of land-use on amphibians.  Ray took risks through the implementation of large-scale field experiments and his involvement in conservation and policy, but these risks paid off.  This symposium will bring together top researchers in amphibian conservation to celebrate Ray’s legacy, highlight work that pushes the envelope, and discuss research needs to move amphibian conservation forward into the future.”

Julia Earl, Oklahoma State University
Michelle Boone, Katie O-Donnell, Freya Rowland