2016 Workshops


ASIH R Workshops

ASIH is pleased to present its first-ever workshops in R!

R is a free, open-source programming language and software environment with an excellent capacity for data mining, statistics, and data visualization. Whether you are a novice or hoping to gain advanced skills in comparative phylogenetics and niche modeling, come learn with us! Attendees will need to bring their own laptops and install R and other required packages and complementary software prior the workshop. Instructors will contact students with instructions in advance.

Interested participants should choose one of the following workshop levels in the sessions on the meeting registration form:

Track 1: Introduction to R
Wednesday, 6 July 2016; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Balcony N

Description: This track will introduce participants to the basics of R. Our goal is to familiarize you with R’s capabilities by performing some basic tasks, including loading, structuring, and visualizing data, as well as employing basic functions and learning how to get help. Participants will learn to follow instructor code as well as write their own scripts for basic data analysis.

Track 2: Using R for Comparative Phylogenetics and Niche Modeling
Wednesday, 6 July 2016; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
St. Charles

Description: This track is intended for participants who are already familiar with R basics, and want to apply their skills to more advanced tasks. We will spend half the day covering the scripting of comparative phylogenetic analysis, and half the day on how to use R for ecological niche modeling. The workshop will help participants create robust, repeatable code for inclusion in publications to enhance the repeatability of analyses and open-notebook model of research.

Instructors: Hannah Owens, Brian Sidlauskas, Sima Bouzid, James Watling, Katie O’Donnell, Thaddeus Buser, Mike Burns, Milton Tan

Cost (includes lunch):
$15 per undergraduate/graduate student
$75 per postdoc/professional

Limit: 32 participants per workshop

Funding in support of student participation in these workshops was provided by the National Science Foundation via grant DEB-1257898 to Brian Sidlauskas, and from the ASIH Executive Committee.

ASIH Graduate Student Speed Networking Workshop
Friday, 8 July 2016; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Galerie 6

Scientific meetings offer great opportunities to (re)-establish professional contacts and to network amongst fellow attendees. But 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 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in New Orleans.

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 12 tables (= 12 professionals), after which all attendees will gather for a mixer (pizza and drinks provided).

To participate in this networking event, you must be an ASIH student member in good standing (i.e., paid dues for 2016 ASIH membership) and be registered for the 2016 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.


AES Graduate Student Workshop
Saturday, 9 July 2016; 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Balconies L & M

Conducting research can be limited by many factors, such as technology or logistical issues, but perhaps the lack of funding is the most common element constraining science. Securing funding is often competitive, and the organizational format of a proposal could be a deciding factor in the selection process. In addition to writing technique, there are many other factors influencing the likelihood of gaining funding that are independent of the actual research presented, but more linked to proposal’s preparation, and these factors are best understood by those with extensive experience with the funding process. Additional challenges in the funding process include locating opportunities and building institutional collaborations. In this workshop, professionals in the field will explain how to successfully locate opportunities, prepare proposals and secure funding. These panelists are a diverse group of scientists whose experience includes success with small grants, state and federal grants, and institutional collaborations. The main objective of this meeting is to have students walk away with a better understanding on how to locate funding opportunities and create a competitive funding application in order to enable their research success.

Panelists: Kyle Newton, Bryan Frazier, Chris Lowe, and Dean Grubbs


ASIH Graduate Student Workshop
Sunday, 10 July 2016; 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Studio 2

Getting a Job in Academia: Perspectives from Recent Hires

This year’s ASIH graduate student workshop will focus on the experiences of researchers who have recently been hired, as well as scientists who are heavily involved in the hiring process at their universities. They will share their experiences, and give advice on aspects of the hiring process. This workshop will be an open discussion format, and graduate students are encouraged at attend and interact with the panel.

Panelists: Devin Bloom, Rocky Parker, Prosanta Chakrabarty, and Norma Salcedo


HL Graduate Student Workshop
Saturday, 9 July 2016; 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Studio 2

What Do You Do With Your Degree?

We all enter graduate school, or undergrad, for different reasons, but what are your options once you have obtained your degree? We will be talking to members of the Herpetologists’ League that come from a variety of fields about why they chose that field, how they got there, and what career options are available for students interested in studying herps.
Panelists: Ken Cabarle, Robert Espinosa, Lisa Hazard, David Sever, Carol Spencer


SSAR Graduate Student Workshop
Friday, 8 July 2016; 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Galerie 6

Grant Writing for Students

This workshop will feature panelists from a variety of successful grant-writing backgrounds, including graduate students, as well as career-level panelists with expertise in NSF funding, other federal and/or state funding sources, private foundations, and grants. Additional space may be given to a panelist with experience in grant reviewing to provide insight from another equally important perspective. This will be a lunch-time event and will include pizza for those students in attendance.