16 March 2008

Bootleg transactions of the 10th MAM meeting

The 10th meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Malacologists was yesterday at the Delaware Museum of Natural History (DMNH) in Wilmington, Delaware. With about 40 attendees, 13 talks and 2 posters, this was probably the largest MAM meeting so far. And as usual, it was a lot of fun.

Here are the speakers, in the order they spoke, and the not-more-than-two sentence summaries of their talks.

  • Marla Coppolino (Southern Illinois University): Abundance and diversity of the land snails of southern Illinois. Her results indicate that there is a weak positive correlation between habitat diversity and snail species diversity.

  • Gina Meletakos (Towsen University): DNA barcoding of the land snail genus Stenotrema.

  • Colleen Sinclair (Towsen University): The lack of genetic differentiation among the colonies of the land snail Ventridens ligera along the Potomac Gorge.

  • Paula Mikkelsen (Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca, NY): BivAToL project funded by the National Science Foundation to reconstruct the phylogenetic relationships of the Bivalvia.

  • Aydin Örstan (Carnegie Museum of Natural History): Annual generation cycle of the land snail Oxyloma retusa.

  • Bill Fenzan (Norfolk, VA): When E.J. Petuch described Conus lightbourni in 1986, the holotype was to have been sent to the DMNH, but the museum never received it. More than 20 years later, Bill Fenzan identified the lost holotype in the collection of a shell dealer and was able to obtain it for the DMNH.

  • Robert Robertson (Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia): Studies on the larval development of the gastropod family Pyramidellidae. They are ecto-parasites of many marine animals, including tube worms and oysters.

  • Ilya Temkin (American Museum of Natural History, New York): The story of Museum Boltenianum, a sale catalog from 1798 that was published by P.F. Röding to sell the mollusk shells from the collection of J.F. Bolten and also to publicize the latter's taxonomic system.

  • Gerald Lang (Carnegie Museum of Natural History): Color variations of unionid shells and possible evidence for beaver predation on freshwater mussels.

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    Valves of Lampsilis ovata that were forced open by a predator. Did a "vegetarian" beaver do it? (From the collection of Gerald Lang; published here with his permission.)

  • Susan Hewitt (New York): Marine mollusks of the island of Nevis in the West Indies. There are 500 species of them and she is still counting.

  • Megan Paustian (University of Maryland): Resource competition (or the lack thereof) between native and non-native slugs in Maryland forests.

  • Charlie Sturm (Carnegie Museum of Natural History): The ongoing search at the CMNH for the syntypes of the many species of the freshwater clams of the family Sphaeriidae that Victor Sterki described 100 years ago.

  • Liz Shea (DMNH): Squids of the Sable Island Gully Marine Protected Area off Canada. What are the sperm and bottlenose whales feeding on?

  • Posters:

  • Tim Pearce (Carnegie Museum of Natural History): Influence of glacial history on the distribution of land snails on the islands of Lake Michigan.

  • Clement Counts (Salisbury University): Chronology of the invasion of the U.S. waters by the bivalve Corbicula fluminea.

  • I will take this opportunity to thank again to Liz Shea, the curator of mollusks at the DMNH and Leslie Skibinski, the collection manager, for organizing this wonderful meeting and also for providing access to the collections during the lunch break and after the meeting. I am already looking forward to next year's meeting.

    Most of the meeting attendees outside the Delaware Museum of Natural History.


    Anonymous said...

    Thanks for taking the time to create this "Bootleg Transactions"!
    Yes, it really was an excellent event: very lively, well-organized, cheerful and friendly all round. I had a really good time.


    Paula M said...

    Aydin -
    I second Susan's thanks. I always enjoy MAM, but this year was special - so many friends to catch up with, and so much interesting malacology!