Literally two days after getting back from Japan this summer I boarded another flight to Albuquerque, NM for this years Joint Meeting of Ichthyology and Herpetology. The conference was hosted by the University of New Mexico and the Museum of Southwestern Biology, and was held at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It was interesting to see back to back how this meeting differed from the Indo-Pacific Fish Conference in Okinawa that I attended just a couple weeks before. While the two meetings had completely different feels to them, each was excellent in their own way, and both were a lot of fun.
Valerie, Rachel Arnold and Ted Pietsch
The entire Chakrabarty lab attended the meeting this year. Both Prosanta and I gave similar talks to those that we gave in Japan just a couple weeks beforehand. My lab mate Caleb McMahan gave a talk on Heroini cichlids, and Valerie Derouen (a masters student in our lab) gave a poster presentation on the phylogeny of batfishes (Ogcocephalidae). All of our talks and poster presentations went well, and it was great to catch up with old friends and see what people are working on. A big thanks goes out to the meeting chair, Tom Turner, the planning committee, and the event coordinator, Heide Burke, for all of their hard work in planning and organizing this years meeting. I look forward to next years ASIH meeting in Chattanooga, TN!