ASIH Workshops:


ASIH Open-Source Hardware GPS Data Logger Workshop
Wednesday, July 11, 2018    Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 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)

*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:


9:00am: Intro/background (30 min)
9:30am: Soldering exercise (≈1.5 hr)
11:00am: Break (15 min)
11:15am: Build GPS loggers (≈1.5 hours)
1:00pm: Lunch + GPS logger test (data collection)
2:00pm: Data download and visualization, and troubleshooting
3:00pm: Casing options and expanded memory version demonstration
4:00pm: Questions, feedback, troubleshooting

Organizers, Matthew D. Cross, Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, Toledo, OH; Patrick W. Cain, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA.

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ASIH Workshop (4-hrs)
Wednesday, July 11, 2018    Time:  TBD
Location:  TBD

Title:  Modern Herpetological and Ichthyological Collections 101

The aims of this workshop are to familiarize collections staff with a few best practices for managing collections as well as some data standards and using next-gen resources in the museum. In the first half, experts will discuss the importance of, and strategies for, properly preserving specimens. Researchers in the second section will discuss the data pipelines for collections seeking online, open data status, as well as using next-gen 3D and molecular tools in their own and online collections.

Organizer, James Erdmann


ASIH Graduate Student Speed Networking Workshop
Friday, July 13, 2018    6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location:  TBD

Title: TBA

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:  TBD    Time:  TBD
Location:  TBD

Organizer, Savannah Michaelsen

HL Workshops

HL Graduate Student Workshop
Date:  TBD    Time:  TBD
Location:  TBD

Organizer, Jared Pruett

Title:  TBD

To participate in this workshop, you must be a Herpetologists’ League (HL) student member in good standing (i.e., paid HL dues for 2018) and be registered for the 2018 Joint Meeting for Societies of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Note: Registration for workshop is required.

SSAR Workshops

SSAR Graduate Student Workshop
Date:  TBD    Time:  TBD
Location:  TBD