Message from the President:
Having just wrapped up our annual meeting, this seems like a good time to send out another newsletter!
The meeting was a wonderful mix of science, camaraderie, and contemplation. I was particularly struck by the diversity of the research presented and by the atmosphere of optimism and enthusiasm that characterized the week. ASM – like many professional societies – faces a number of significant challenges over the coming years but the passion, dedication, and creativity of our members suggest that we have a vibrant future ahead of us.
Looking ahead …
Didn’t get enough mammalogy in Jacksonville? It’s never too early to start planning for the next chance to get together with your ASM colleagues and friends.
The 2016 annual meeting will be hosted by Sharon Jansa at the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) from 24-28 June. I look forward to seeing you there!
A few meeting highlights:
First, for those of you would could not attend the annual meeting, the plenary talks by our senior award recipients (Merriam, Grinnell, Leopold and Hornaday Awards) were videotaped and these presentations will soon be available to society members via your login to the ASM members website (https://asm.wildapricot.org).
Second, to capture the spirit of the meetings, KState staff members have compiled a slideshow of photos taken while we were in Jacksonville. The slideshow was presented at the closing social and is now available on the ASM YouTube channel (see the “quick links” on the left side of our homepage at mammal.society.org).
Finally, a new student funding opportunity – the James L. Patton Award – was announced in Jacksonville. The award targets graduate student research involving the use of museum collections. Details regarding the award will soon be posted online on the ASM website. If you’d like to contribute to this or any of our funds, please click the “donate” button in the upper right corner of the ASM homepage.
A multiplicity of mammalogists.
Attendees at the 95th Annual Meeting of the ASM,
Jacksonville, FL, 12-16 June 2015.
ASM and conservation:
One theme that emerged multiple times in Jacksonville is the critical role that ASM can and should be playing with respect to the conservation of mammals. This was a central message of the talk given by Capstone Speaker Wayne Clough (former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution) and it coincides with a just-released paper (http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/5/e1400253.full) led by ASM member and Merriam Award recipient Gerardo Ceballos that argues that we have now entered a 6th period of global mass extinction.
The ASM has a long history of working to protect mammals and their habitats, including a Conservation Committee that was established in 1927 and two awards – the Aldo Leopold and William T. Hornaday Awards – both of which recognize sustained contributions to conservation. Now, faced with escalating global threats, we should all be working to increase the ways in which ASM can contribute to conservation. We are the preeminent society dedicated to the study of mammals and we have a responsibility to be at the forefront of efforts to use science to protect mammals and their habitats.
As we approach our centennial as a professional society and in this time of rapid anthropogenic change, it is imperative that we make the integration of science and conservation a priority for our next 100 years.