[Bristol-Birds] Chris O'Bryan headed to major, international, herpetological meeting

  • From: "Wallace Coffey" <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bristol-birds" <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 19:57:55 -0400

Chris O'Bryan, a long-time youthful member and activist with the Bristol Bird 
Club and an Undergraduate Research Assistant in biology at Austin Peay State 
University, will fly
to Oregon Tuesday afternoon for one of the world's most attractive 
herpetological conferences.

With funding assistance from the APSU Center of Excellence for Field Biology, 
Chris will attend the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists 
(JMIH), taking place for six days at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in 
downtown Portland, Oregon, 22-27 July.

Chris is attending the meeting on an individual and personal basis.  He 
identified the meeting as a high priority for his studies in the field of 
herpetology.  He planned the trip himself, the funding, air travel and 
accommodations and has chosen his level of interests and participation.  He has 
been working on details and personal preparation for months.  He completed his 
sophomore year at APSU this year.
The 2009 JMIH includes the 25th annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch 
Society, the 52nd annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and 
Reptiles, the 67th annual meeting of the Herpetologists' League, and the 89th 
annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. 
This conference will also include the Early Life History Section of the 
American Fisheries Society, participation by the Society for Northwestern 
Vertebrate Biologists, and the inaugural meeting of Herpetological Conservation 
and Biology.

He has chosen to explore more than 40 presentations associated with the fields 
of herp systematics, amphibian pathogen ecology, fish ecology, herp 
reproduction and behavior, lizard ecology, herp conservation, amphibian 
ecology, herp biogeography, snake reproduction, herp genetics, herp development 
and morphology, and snake ecology. He also has planned a visit to nearby Mount 
Hood at 11,249 ft. elevation.

International participants from 35 countries have registered for the meeting.  

Sponsoring organizations for the meeting include:

USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Portland State University
United States Forest Service
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Washington State University
Oregon State University

Chris is the son of Laura and Don O'Bryan of Piney Flats, TN.

Let's go birding . . . .

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN

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