President's Mammalogy 2013 Welcome Message
Welcome to the web site for the 93rd annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. We have an exciting meeting planned for this year. You will notice several modifications to our typical schedule. For example, we have added workshops on special topics that will be of interest to mammalogists. These aren't just sessions where you sit and listen, but will provide hands-on training useful in your research and career development. Enrollment in each workshop is limited, so sign up early.
We have increased the focus on symposia and special sessions. You will note symposia on White-nose Syndrome in Bats, Ecological Niche Modeling, and Advances in Ungulate Biology. Other special sessions include our usual plenary sessions, where we will feature student Honoraria and Fellowship recipients and the 2012 recipients of the ASM Grinnell, Merriam, and Leopold Awards. This year's distinguished assemblage of plenary speakers will include Dr. James H. Brown, Dr. James Estes, and Dr. Dean Biggins. We are honored to include a featured presentation on climate change by Dr. James E. Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Drawing on regional talent, we have invited presentations by Dr. Felicia Keesing (Bard College), Dr. Jason Munshi-South (City University of New York), and Dr. Taal Levi (Institute for Ecosystem Studies). A special session on Predator Control is also being planned.
Our opening night festivities will begin with a mixer for students. In addition to the usual food and beverages, however, mentors will be available to provide an overview of the annual meeting for first-time attendees, and facilitate introductions between students and more senior ASM members throughout the meeting. A Human Diversity Forum and Mixer on the evening of the first full day of the meeting will highlight our diverse membership. Everyone attending an annual meeting should feel a welcome part of the ASM family.
We expect the usual stimulating array of high-quality contributed papers and posters. We have room in the program for about 160 additional oral presentations, and lots of room for posters. Please consider contributing a poster, especially if your research is ongoing, descriptive, or primarily regional in focus. This year, we will introduce new prizes for the posters in each session voted as favorites by meeting attendees.
We also are introducing travel awards in 2013, both for students and early career (within 5 years of PhD) professionals. Application procedures are described under ASM Grants & Awards with links to the ASM webpage, and selection will be based on the quality and content of submitted abstracts. We plan to use social media more extensively in 2013 to keep our "friends" and "followers" up to date on events at the annual meeting. Finally, we have moved the banquet to the final night of the meeting, following the capstone address. Give it a try. We will follow up the meeting with a survey to ask participants what they thought of the changes, and what we should keep or modify.
In sum, we have tried to hold on to the things that make ASM meetings so rewarding to attendees of all career stages. But we also have added new features that promise to be stimulating and exciting. See you in Philly!
Edward J. Heske
The 2013 American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting logo features a pronghorn, and the city of Philadelphia skyline with the Liberty Bell in the background. The logo was designed by Hadley Jerman, Graphic Designer at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman, Oklahoma.