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1997 AMU/WSM meeting announcement

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DEEPSEA Moderator's Note: This meeting includes a session on deep-sea
molluscs (see below).

63rd Annual Meeting
The American Malacological Union
Santa Barbara, California
June 22-27, 1997

The 1997 meeting of the American Malacological Union will be held at 
the Radisson Hotel on the beach in Santa Barbara, California, from Sunday, 
June 22, to Friday, June 27.  The meeting will be held jointly with that of the 
Western Society of Malacologists.

Two major symposia are scheduled: (1) Deep-Sea Mollusca, convened by 
Jerry Harasewych [Division of Mollusks, National Museum of Natural 
History, Washington, DC -- 20560; (202) 786-2073; fax: (202) 357-2343; 
mnhiv006 at sivm.si.edu], an overview of the fauna of the deep sea and what it 
tells us about the evolution of the Mollusca and its adaptation to the deep sea.
(2) Traditional vs. Phylogenetic Systematics, convened by Gary Rosenberg 
[Malacology, The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin 
Parkway, Philadelphia, PA -- 19103-1195; (215) 299-1033; fax: (215) 299-
1170; rosenberg at say.acnatsci.org].  There will also be a special session on 
the Cephalopods of the North Pacific chaired by Eric Hochberg [Invertebrate 
Zoology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Rd., 
Santa Barbara,California 93019; (805) 682-4711, ext. 318; fax: (805) 569-
3170; inverts at sbmnh.rain.org].

There will be a reception the first evening on the beach across from
 the hotel, a visit to a winery in the Cachuma Valley, and a banquet at 
the Santa Barbara Museum.  Optional field trips on the 27th include a tour of 
fossil formations of the Santa Barbara area led by Lindsey T. Groves 
[Malacology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition 
Boulevard., Los Angeles,California 90007; (213) 744-3376, or -3485; fax: 
(213) 746-2999; groves at usc.edu], a cruise to the Channel Islands, and an in-
depth tour of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Those traveling from the East Coast or Midwest may want to arrive on 
the West Coast a day earlier or to stay two days later to get the lowest
possible air fares.  The Radisson Hotel will be $109 per room [double
occupancy; i.e. $55/person]; lower-cost options for students will be
available.  There are a number of nearby excellent restaurants in a
variety of price classes.

Eugene V. Coan, President, AMU
891 San Jude Avenue
Palo Alto,California 94306-2640
(415) 493-8242 (H); 977-5681 (Office -- generally M, Tu, Th); fax: (415) 977-
gene.coan at sierraclub.org

Henry Chaney, President, WSM
Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, California  93105
(805) 682-4711, ext. 334; fax: (805) 569-3170
inverts at sbmnh.rain.org


This symposium on the will be held during the joint meeting of the American 
Malacological Union and the Western Society of Malacologists, in 
Santa Barbara, California on June 23-24, 1997.  Emphasis will be 
on phylogenetic analyses of deep-sea groups, area cladograms of 
bathymetric as well as geographic distributions, and morphological
as well as physiological adaptations to life in the deep-sea.
Researchers wishing to contribute a paper or a poster should contact:

Jerry Harasewych                         or     Randy Kochevar
Department of Invertebrate Zoology      Monterey Bay Aquarium
National Museum of natural History      886 Cannery Row
Smithsonian Institution                 Monterey, CA 93950  USA
Washington, DC 20560  USA
voice:  (202) 786-2073                  (408) 644-7522
FAX:    (202) 357-2343                  (408) 648-4810
e-mail: mnhiv006 at sivm.si.edu            rkochevar at mbayaq.org


The debate about nomenclatural rules and their adequacy for modern 
phylogenetic systematics provides an opportune moment to conduct a 
symposium covering this and related topics.

The symposium, "Traditional vs Phylogenetic Systematics of Mollusks" 
will be held during the AMU annual meeting in 1997, June 22-27 in Santa 
Barbara, California.

Topics will include:
    Species concepts
        (or more broadly, defining taxa)
    Defining characters
    Inferring relationships
        Cladistic, phenetic, "traditional" methods
    Translating "trees" into classifications
        Monophyly vs. paraphyly
        Unranked classifications

In other words: in determining relationships among organisms, how do 
we decide what data to use, how do we analyze that data, and how do we 
communicate the results?  Symposium contributions should address the 
validity of the assumptions and the theoretical and empirical value of the 
various methods, based as much as possible on examples from molluscan 

A workshop preceding the symposium will review the terminology and 
procedures of the various methods.

Those interested in participating in the symposium, or with ideas about 
format and content, please contact me.

Gary Rosenberg
Malacology Department
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195, USA
rosenberg at say.acnatsci.org
 phone 215-299-1033; fax 215-299-1170


A special focus contributed paper session will be held at the Annual 
Meeting of the American Malacological Union in Santa Barbara, California, 
USA.  The meeting is designed to expand our knowledge of and appreciation 
for the fauna and populations of cephalopods that inhabit the North Pacific 

Format: Contributed paper presentations on all aspects of the biology and 
systematics of benthic and oceanic cephalopods from the North Pacific are 
solicited for a special focus session at the 1997 AMU meeting.

A workshop to resolve taxonomic problems associated with many benthic 
and oceanic cephalopods from the North Pacific will be held immediately 
following the AMU meeting in the laboratory of the Department of 
Invertebrate Zoology at the Museum.  Participants should plan to bring 
specimens for study by the group.

Themes: The following topics among others will be addressed --

* recent advances in knowledge of biology, life histories, trophic relationships
* taxonomy of minor groups of cephalopods
* biogeography - trans-Pacific connections, the Arctic connection

Field Trips: Trips will be arranged to collect local cephalopods.  Live 
animals will be available for study at the marine laboratory of the University 
of California, Santa Barbara.

In order to gain an indication of the number of potential participants and 
to facilitate further planning please contact the convenor with an indication of
your area of interest, whether you would like to present a
paper (indicate a tentative title), and whether you are prepared to lead a 
workshop session.

Dr. F. G. Hochberg, Curator
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara,California 93105-2936
TEL:  (805)-682-4711, ext. 318; fax:  (805) 569-3170
EMAIL: inverts at sbmnh.rain.org


This field trip will be one-day field excursion to observe early-middle 
Pleistocene exposures of the Santa Barbara Formation and to collect late 
Pleistocene marine invertebrates on the Goleta terrace.  Because the area 
around Bath House Beach, the type locality of the Santa Barbara Formation, is 
now highly urbanized, only observations are permitted.  On the other hand, 
the cool-water molluscan late Pleistocene fauna at Goleta can be easily 
collected from outcrops that overly the Pliocene Sisquoc Formation on the 
beach at Isla Vista.

For more information, contact field trip leader Lindsey T. Groves, 
Malacology & Invertebrate Paleontology Sections, Natural History Museum of 
Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles,California 
90007; (213) 744-3376 or -3485; fax: 746-2999; groves at bcf.usc.edu.

For those who wish to become familiar with the Pleistocene fauna and 
geology of this area ahead of time, pertinent and historic references include:

Dibblee, T. W., Jr.  1966.  Geology of the central Santa Ynez Mountains, 
Santa Barbara County, California.  California Division of Mines and Geology 
Bulletin 186: 99 pp.
Dibblee, T. W., Jr.  1987.  Geologic map of the Goleta Quadrangle, Santa 
Barbara County, California.  Dibblee Foundation Map DF-07, 1 sheet, 
Kennedy, G. L., J. F. Wehmiller & T. K. Rockwell.  1993.  Paleoecology and 
paleozoogeography of late Pleistocene marine-terrace faunas of southwestern 
Santa Barbara County, California.  Quaternary Coasts of the United States: 
Marine and Lacustrine Systems.  Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) 
Special Publication 48: 343-361
Oldroyd, I. S. & U. S. Grant, IV.  1931.  A Pleistocene molluscan fauna from 
near Goleta, Santa Barbara County, California.  The Nautilus 44(3): 91-94
Orr, P. C.  1960.  Late Pleistocene marine terraces on Santa Rosa Island, 
California.  Bulletin of the Geological Society of America 71: 1113-1120
Patterson, R. T., C. A. Brunner, R. Capo & J. Dahl.  1990.  A paleo-
environmental study of early to middle Pleistocene Foraminifera of the Santa 
Barbara Formation at Santa Barbara, California.  Journal of Paleontology 
64(1): 1-25
Peska, F., Jr.  1987.  A late Pleistocene site at Goleta, California. Bulletin
of the Southern California Paleontological Society 19(3/4): 26-30
Upson, J. E.  1949.  Late Pleistocene and Recent changes of sea level along 
the coast of Santa Barbara County, California.  American Journal of Science 
247: 94-115
Valentine, J. W.  1961.  Paleoecological molluscan geography of the 
Californian Pleistocene,   University of California Publications in Geological 
Sciences 34(7): 309-442
Wright, R. H.  1972.  Late Pleistocene marine fauna, Goleta, California.  
Journal of Paleontology 46(5): 688-695

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