It’s my privilege to announce our 2019 Annual meeting, a joint meeting of the New York Chapter (NYCh) and the Northeastern Division (NED), February 6-8, in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved the meeting back to the Hudson Valley, where it hasn’t been held for a while. It should be easier for members in eastern NYS as well as New England. Of course, the Hudson River estuary and its watershed will be a focal topic, but all topics are welcome.
Registration and abstract submission are now open! Please visit the NY Chapter’s Annual Meeting website and click on the appropriate links therein.
Our plenary theme, Fish on the Move, will explore new understanding of “traditional” movement ecology (e.g., diadromy), climate change-induced shifts in species ranges, as well as movements of invasive species. Additionally, this session will consider consequences of these movements on human communities. Our invited speakers are:
- David Secor, University of Maryland, author of Ecology of Marine Fish Migrations;
- Janet Nye, Stony Brook University, expert on climate induced range shifts in North Atlantic fishes;
- Kathy Mills, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, expert on how coastal communities adapt to climate-induced changes in fisheries;
- James Gilmore, Director, Division of Marine Resources, NYSDEC and Chair of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission;
- Chris Bowser, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the genius behind the citizen science-based Hudson River glass eel monitoring program.
They will be joined by John Waldman, CUNY Queens College, who will moderate a panel discussion.
Also in keeping with the theme, our Wednesday workshop will be on fish passage, led by Brett Towler and Bryan Sojkowski, USFWS.
There will be a special session on the Hudson River, as well as one on Shads (yes, any and all alosine herrings!).
There will be student travel awards. The New York Chapter offers the Klumb-Spindler awards, and the NED will offer the John Moring Student Travel Awards prior to the meeting. In addition, for the first time there will be a Diversity travel award. Please keep an eye on the conference website for application details, including deadlines.
As usual, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning will have concurrent oral sessions; the poster session will be held Thursday before the banquet, and the raffle to fund-raise for future student travel will be part of the banquet festivities.
Welcome to Poughkeepsie to shake off those winter blues! Good science and good networking with AFS!
President, New York Chapter AFS