Conferences and Workshops
Archbold has been host to
43 meetings and conferences during 199798 (see Appendix
H); this is 10% more than the average for the last 7 years. Many of these are agency
meetings and workshops, such as the Florida Exotic Pest Council, that convenes here
regularly to share information and plan initiatives concerning the control of invasive
species in Florida. Archbold interns have the opportunity to meet with visiting groups,
such as the Florida Ecological and Evolutionary Symposium, an annual meeting that draws
graduate students from most state and private universities in Florida for presentations
highlighting their graduate research.
Organization of Biological Field Stations.
The largest, and logistically most demanding meeting of this period was the Organization
of Biological Field Stations 31st Annual Meeting on 1720 September
1998 (see photo, below). Seventy participants, representing 45 field stations, were in attendance. (The first
OBFS meeting at Archbold was in September 1979 with 18 attendees.) This was a meeting in
the great OBFS traditionsome serious business, informative field trips, and an
enormous dose of great humor and fun. The activities at this meeting epitomized some of
the good reasons for holding an event at Archbold:
- Early morning staff-led field trips around the scrub habitats at Archbold, and a
swamp buggy tour of the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center.
- We used the our new Station computer
networking facilities and LCD projection capabilities for a series of
presentations concerning data management at field stations featuring: John Helly (San
Diego Super Computer Center); James Brunt (NSFs Long-Term Ecological Research
Network Office); and Jack Stanford (Flathead Lake Biological Station). These data
management initiatives among field stations stem from an earlier OBFS workshop held at the
National Center for Ecological Analysis Synthesis (Univ. California-Santa Barbara).
- An OBFS herpetology workshop, including Walter Meshaka representing
Archbold Biological Station, compiled a cross-site comparison of the status of amphibians
at OBFS field stations.
- Discussions of the role of field stations in regional conservation issues,
including a presentation on working relationships between OBFS and The Nature Conservancy
(TNC) by Liz Chornesky, Director of Stewardship, TNC. Hilary Swain and Roberta Pickert
presented a GIS overlay analysis showing the distribution of field stations in relation to
the ecoregions of North America, to illustrate how field stations provide a wide
infrastructure of sites for monitoring environmental change.
- Social events included an excellent BBQ followed by an evening slide show
"tour" of the ecosystems of Florida presented by Jora Young, Florida Chapter of
TNC. Most memorable of all was the OBFS auction, featuring the two stalwart auctioneers
Dan Dawson (Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab) and Peter Connors (Bodega Bay). They
coerced, cajoled, and compelled the assembled crowd to part with over $3,500 of their
hard-earned cash for an vast array of donated items, some as unlikely as the preserved
specimen of an engorged gopher tortoise tick (Amblyomma tuberculatum), thoughtfully
donated by Archbolds Mark Deyrup (sold for $30!).
Members attending the 31st
annual meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations at
Archbold assemble in the Annex Auditorium, 19 September 1998;
photo by Robert Fischer.
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