The 31st Regional Aquatic Workshop, will be held in Boston from May 8 – 12, 2017, and promises to be another signature meeting of great presentations and wonderful networking opportunities.
We are calling upon presenters to submit abstracts for 20-minute oral presentations (15 minutes presenting plus 5 minutes of questions).
If you would like to present during Wicked RAWesome, please carefully follow the instructions for authors and submit the abstract to the program committee at the following email address: RAWAbstracts@neaq.org.
The 31st Regional Aquatic Workshop
Early in the 21st Century aquariums face an uncertain future. Emerging technologies, an increased information bandwidth, and a society increasingly connected, present a range of new challenges and new opportunities. For the 31st RAW we are asking authors to submit contributions that inform how aquariums will operate further into 21st Century.
Areas of focus during the meeting will include: Animal ethics, Sustainable collections, Research, Conservation, Energy efficiency, Larval culture, Life support systems, Water Quality, and Aquarium technology. All submissions will be considered, but submissions are encouraged in these domains.
All verbal presentations will be video recorded by Animal Professionals and will be available on their website http://animalprofessional.com/.
Submissions not accepted for oral presentation may be directed toward the poster session. If you prefer to present your information in the form of a poster please indicate this preference when submitting your abstract.
We thank you all for your participation.
Instructions for Presenters
Please include the following in your submission:
- Title: Presentation title should be short and succinct, but clearly represent the theme of the presentation.
- Authors: Include the full names and affiliations of all authors; the full mailing address, email address, and telephone number of all authors.
- Abstract text: Abstracts should be informative, stating the purpose of the work and summarize the significant findings. They should include an introduction, convey the main point, and outline results and conclusions. Contributions should be scientifically robust. Abstracts should not contain statements like “this will be discussed;” instead, include information to make the abstract informative. Abstracts must not exceed 150 words.
Submission: Abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2017 via email to RAWAbstracts@neaq.org.
Accepted presenters: All accepted authors must be registered and have registration fees paid in full by March 31, 2017 in order to make their presentation.
The IAAAM Executive Board was pleased to award Dr. Frances Gulland with the Mark Keyes Award for Marine Mammal Conservation at the 47th Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Gulland, Senior Scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and Commissioner at the Marine Mammal Commission has been a leader in the fields of marine mammal medicine, research and conservation since 1994. Dr. Gulland has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts on marine mammals and is coeditor of the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine. She is a Past-President of IAAAM and has served as Chair of the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events and as a member of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team. In 2011 Dr. Gulland was appointed by President Obama to serve as one of the Commissioners of the Marine Mammal Commission and since her appointment has been a leader in recovery efforts for the critically endangered vaquita and Mekong River dolphin. Congratulations Frances!
During the IAAAM business meeting on Sunday, May 22nd, the IAAAM Board changed slightly after a unanimous vote. Your IAAAM Board members are
Past President - Lisa Murphy (new)
President - Pam Tuomi (new)
President-Elect - Martin Haulena (new)
Treasurer - Tonya Clauss
Secretary - Michael S. Renner
Board Member for Membership - Hendrik Nollens (new)
Board Member for Education - Kathleen Colegrove
Board Member for Communications - Michael B Briggs
The International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine would like to thank the sponsors of this year's IAAAM Conference. We greatly appreciate your support.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Sponsor
Cyber Cafe Sponsor
Conference Apparel Sponsor
Sand Tiger Shark Sponsors
Lined Seahorse Sponsors
ACZM Credit Workshop Sponsor
Based on our By-Laws, changes made to the Constitution and/or By-Laws must be presented to the membership for a vote and the proposed changes must be made available at least 30 days prior to the vote. There are a few proposed changes to the IAAAM Constitution and By-Laws so the IAAAM Executive Board is making these changes available to you prior to a vote during the annual business meeting in Virginia Beach. You may access a copy of the proposed changes here. Note the proposed changes are explained in the comments on the right of the document.
The IAAAM Student Liaison Committee is pleased to announce the five awardees for the 2016 Student Travel Award Competition:
- Dr. Laura Thompson, a post-doctoral fellow at Mystic Aquarium, for her work: Complement Activitation in Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) and Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in Response to Nitrogen Bubbles; Evidence of a Less Reactive Immune Response in Deep vs. Shallow Diving Marine Mammals
- Dr. Susan Fogelson, a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, for her work: In Vitro Antimicrobial Susceptibilities of Genomically Characterized Aquatic Mycobacterium chelonae-abscessus Complex Isolates
- Dr. Molly Martony, the veterinary intern at the National Marine Mammal Foundation & Sea World San Diego, for her work: Establishing Marginal Lymph Node Ultrasonographic Characteristics in Healthy Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)
- Megan Strobel, a veterinary student at the University of Florida, for her work: Auditory Evoked Potentials and Behavioral Considerations with Hearing Loss in Small Cetaceans: Application as a Standard Diagnostic Test In Health Assessment
- Dr. Estelle Rousselet, a veterinary resident at the University of Florida, for her work: Clinicopathological Findings and Immune Function in Florida Manatees (Trichechus manatus latirostris)
The Student Liaison Committee congratulates the awardees and we look forward to seeing their presentations at our upcoming conference!