Monday, August 2, 2010
Notes from the Field...Thailand
Dr. Paula Mikkelsen is back from attending the World Congress of Malacology in Phuket, Thailand, and sends the following wrap-up:
The Grand Assembly of the World Congress of Malacology indicated that the meeting had 326 attendees (30% of which were students), 236 papers (31% by students), 115 posters (40% by students) – what a great turnout, especially with regard to attracting participation by students, who are indeed the future of our science. The BivAToL Project held its full-day symposium on Bivalve Evolution on Thursday of the meeting. The 20 presentations to a packed audience spanned all of the morphological, molecular, and phylogenetic working groups within the Project, plus fascinating talks on bivalve larvae, shell shape morphometrics, symbiotic cyanobacteria, fossil bivalves, gene evolution, and biogeography by colleagues from England, Russia, China, Germany, Spain, and the U.S. A celebratory dinner at a hillside restaurant the evening after the symposium was the icing on the cake for hardworking Project participants! This meeting was superbly organized, in an enchanting land, and will be a hard act to follow. The next WCM in 2013 will be in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, University of the Açores, organized by incoming President Antonio Frias Martins.