General Information

Rochester, NY 

Meeting Venues and Room Information

Meetings will be held in the

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

123 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
PH: 585-232-7200

and the Rochester Riverside Hotel

120 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
PH:  585-546-6400

During presentations, please turn off all cell phones or set them to vibrate.

The Rochester Riverside Hotel (RRH) Business Center is located inside the lobby.



All sleeping rooms will be held at the Rochester Riverside Hotel, 120 East Main Street Rochester, NY, for the 2018 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

The hotel has a video tour.  Check it out here!

Greening the Meeting

At the 1997 meetings in Seattle, it was decided that the Environmental Quality Committee (now the Conservation Committee) would develop recommendations to minimize the environmental impact of the Society’s activities. The committee has developed a list of possible actions relating to the annual meeting that can be implemented with minimal inconvenience to the organizing committee and to the membership at large. Many of these suggested actions are dependent on a decision by the Society as to whether and how much members are willing to trade off convenience for cost in the process of reducing environmental impacts (fortunately, many proposed actions are actually money-savers). Our objective in these “greening” efforts is to fulfill the general mission of the annual meeting in the most efficient, environmentally sound, and economic manner possible. For additional information about the ASIH Conservation Committee, contact Frank McCormick.

Conference Attire

Casual dress is appropriate throughout the meeting. For comfort in the air-conditioned meeting rooms, a light jacket or sweater is suggested. Some suggested items that will be helpful in making your stay pleasant include an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, and several extra changes of clothing.

Registration Desk

The JMIH Registration Desk, located in the JAFRRCC Galleria Registration Booth, is staffed to check in attendees and exhibitors and answer any questions you might have regarding the meeting.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, 11 July – Saturday, 14 July 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 15 July 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. ; 3-5 p.m. – open for information only

Event Tickets

A variety of tickets may be included in your name badge. The number of tickets you have is determined by your personal registration choices.

Reception tickets
Full conference registrants will receive a Seabreeze Amusement Park entry ticket ( The food is all you can eat, and the beer and soda service will be unlimited and will be provided from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Bus transportation from outside the entrance to JAFRRCC along main street will begin at 5:30 pm. Buses start to depart at 5:45 pm and will provide back and forth transportation starting at 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 pm.
Any additional tickets purchased will receive a Seabreeze Amusement Park entry ticket into the general opening reception.
Additional food and beverage tickets (by registration only) may include: ASIH Closing Picnic for Sunday, 15 July at Nazareth College on the lawn of Golasno Academic Center ( Bus transportation from outside the entrance to JAFRRCC along main street will begin at 5:30 pm. Buses depart at 5:45 pm. and will provide back and forth transportation at 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 pm.

Internet Access

Internet access will be provided to all JMIH attendees in the guest and meeting rooms of the Rochester Riverside Hotel (RRH) and the Joseph A Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center (JAFRRCC).

Attractions and Dining Experiences

Click here to take a look at just a few of the hundreds of activities you can explore and engage in while visiting Rochester. You can also view the variety of dining options that Rochester provides.

Food and Beverage

Morning and afternoon beverage breaks will be served in the following locations:
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – JAFRRCC Galleria Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – JAFRRCC Galleria
Friday, & Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – JAFRRCC Empire Exhibit Hall South
Thursday, 3:00 p.m. – JAFRRCC Empire Exhibit Hall South Sunday, 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. – JAFRRCC Galleria

A cash bar with snacks will be available during poster sessions, 4-6 p.m., Friday, 13 July and Saturday, 14 July.

Lunch is on your own each day. A variety of restaurants are available within walking distance. Click here for ideas.

Dinner is also on your own each day, with the exception of the opening reception at The Seabreeze Amusement Park and any social event tickets you may have purchased. Click here for ideas.

Messages and Job Announcements

Message boards are located in the JAFRRCC Galleria. Participants may post messages for friends and colleagues. The registration staff will also post telephone and other messages on these boards. Urgent messages should be directed to the Joseph A Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center at 585-232-7200 during meeting hours. These will be relayed to meeting coordinators and posted for participants as soon as possible.

Job announcements or information about employment opportunities may be posted on the message boards as well.

Child Care

Dear Colleagues,

All of the JMIH societies participating in the meeting this summer at Rochester agree that child care is an important issue and they have stepped up to make it possible for parents to participate in the meeting at a very low cost. Sitting will be arranged on site by Preferred Sitters, a national company that has been handling this for SICB for many years. They will come to the meeting venue and set up a ‘camp’ with toys, games, and reading materials appropriate to teh ages they are watching. The cost to parents will be $5 per hour and sitting will be available from 7am to 10pm. Parents will need to get in touch with Christine Burk ( about their childcare needs. This is key for planning purposes. Though drop in child care may be available it is not guaranteed. Get in touch early and work out the details of your particular child care situation.


Adam P. Summers
Professor – Biology – SAFS

Friday Harbor Laboratories
University of Washington
620 University Dr.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

cell (310) 864-1491

Adam’s lab website :

Kansas State University (KSU) is not providing or supervising the provision of day care services; and (2) the parent/guardian releases KSU for any claims related to or arising out of the day care services, including claims because of negligence.

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