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2018 Workshops

ASIH Workshops:

ASIH Open-Source Hardware GPS Data Logger Workshop

Thursday, July 12, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location:  Conference Center, Animal Health Complex, Seneca Park Zoo, Rochester, NY 14621

Title:  I can do this myself? An open-source hardware GPS data logger for wildlife movement studies. Cost: $100.00 (Includes zoo admission and personally made GPS logger) *Limit of 20 people: attendees must register in advance at

Global Positioning System (GPS) technology has been a boon to animal spatial ecology studies, allowing researchers to obtain vast quantities of data, even for cryptic organisms. Oftentimes, the main limitation to wide-spread application of this technology is the cost, which can dictate the number of individuals outfitted with GPS technology, thereby limiting sample sizes. Here, we discuss the use of Arduino in developing a low-cost, customizable, open-source hardware GPS logger for use in animal movement studies. We also present results from field tests with eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina) in northwestern Ohio. These GPS loggers have the potential to augment existing projects and facilitate studies that would be otherwise cost-prohibitive. This workshop will introduce attendees to the basic concepts of open-source, do-it-yourself technology and some of its applications. Attendees will learn how to assemble a GPS data logger through a guided exercise, and will be able to take home their creation. Sessions will include a brief lecture, basics of soldering tutorial (via a customized LED exercise), guided GPS unit construction, field testing, downloading and visualization of data, casing and attachment options, customization options, and future projects. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop with Google Earth and the Arduino IDE ( installed. Please direct questions to Matt Cross: Attendees should use the bus system to get to and from the zoo (bus pass is $1.00). Schedule:  TBA Organizers, Matthew D. Cross, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, Toledo, OH; Patrick W. Cain, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA. Seneca Park Zoo logoToledo Aquarium logo

ASIH Graduate Student Speed Networking Workshop

To be eligible for this event, you must have registered for this at the time of your conference registration to attend JMIH 2018 in Rochester, NY.

Friday, July 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:  Riverview Lounge, Rochester Riverside Hotel

Scientific meetings offer great opportunities to (re)-establish professional contacts and to network amongst fellow attendees. Younger members may find few opportunities to interface with more senior members of a society.

To remedy this, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) is again offering an “ASIH Graduate Student Speed Networking Workshop” at the upcoming 2018 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Rochester, NY.

The workshop will be conducted as follows: 1 professional (working in state or federal agencies, at museums or universities) will be seated at a table in the room. Two students will sit with each professional for ~5 minutes of dialogue, then rotate to the next table when 5 minutes expire. Over the course of an hour, students will visit 11 tables (= 11 professionals), after which all attendees will gather for a mixer (pizza and limited drinks provided).

To participate in this networking event, you must be an ASIH student member in good standing (i.e., paid dues for 2018 ASIH membership) and be registered for the 2018 JMIH meetings.

Please note that this event usually fills quickly, so we recommend you decide soon. You can register on the JMIH meeting registration form. If space is full, you can have your name added to a waiting list. Also, if you are signed-up for the event but later on decide not to participate, please let us know immediately so another student has the opportunity to attend. Each year about 1/3 of registered students do not show up for the event. This is not only unprofessional but also unfair to fellow graduate students.

By participating in this workshop, you will hopefully acquire numerous professional contacts with whom you (and your colleagues) can interact during this and future meetings. Questions? Contact Dr. Marlis Douglas.

ASIH Graduate Student Workshop

Date:  Sunday, July 15
12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Location:  Genessee Suites (Fitzhugh) – Rochester Riverside Hotel
Organizer, Adania Flemming

“Are you a PhD student curious about the preparation needed to obtain a post doc? Have you wondered about getting NSF or other prestigious fellowships to fund such postdocs or graduate school? Or, are you a master’s student curious about how you can be most successful going into the workforce after graduation? If you answered yes to any of these questions come chat with our diverse panel at the student workshop. The panel will include graduate students who have gotten professional jobs in collections or other fields after graduation, who have obtained fellowships to fund graduate school or postdocs, as well as postdocs who can discuss ways to prepare oneself for a postdoc. The panel participants will also discuss how to prepare for a career in Natural history collections.”

HL Workshops

Herpetologists’ League Graduate Student Workshop (pre-registration required)

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Noon – 1:30 PM
Location:  Genesee Suite (Fitzhugh), Rochester Riverside Hotel

Organizer, Chelsea Clyde Brockway

Title:  Public Image in Herpetology: Communication, Engagement and Transparency

Panelists: Lee Fitzgerald, Dan Saenz, Chris Schalk, Lori Neuman-Lee

Establishing a positive public image is often essential for the successful Herpetologist—This is especially true for graduate students whose careers are beginning during an era of technological innovation that facilitates instantaneous interpersonal communication. Who exactly is ‘the public’ and how can their perception affect one’s herpetological endeavors? How do situations involving public participation arise and what do students stand to gain (or lose) through publicity? During this forum, our panelists will share their opinions, discuss personal experiences, and address questions from student attendees. Lunch will be provided.

To attend this workshop, you must be 1) registered for the 2018 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists; 2) a student‐member of the Herpetologists’ League; 3) in good standing with the Herpetologists’ League (i.e., all dues paid).  Note: Registration for workshop is required.

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