NANFA-L-- FW: Hurricane Impact On Fish Researchers

Bruce Stallsmith (fundulus at
Thu, 01 Sep 2005 10:55:27 -0400

I've been receiving updates on an informal list on the fate of various
ichthyologists and their institutions. As you might imagine, there's been a
lot of personal disruptioin and physical damage. Below is a message from
George Burgess that gives an idea of the damage. The ASIH meeting was
supposed to be in New Orleans next July, but is being rescheduled for Tampa.

--Bruce Stallsmith
the still sunny Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A
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Hi Folks,
Talked with Bob Cashner - he, Fran and Mollie are fine in Houston
(with 5 international students he brought along) but their house is history
and all they have is the clothes on their backs. UNO certainly is flooded
but nobody knows the extent of damage. I have not heard from Hank nor know
of the status of the collection. Tulane students are being housed at
The Pascagoula NMFS lab was heavily damaged and most of our
colleagues there lost their homes/possessions. From what I hear Gulf Coast
Res. Lab also was heavily impacted but Dauphin Island did better.
The Joint Meeting Planning Committee [of ASIH] (I'm a member) has
cancelled New Orleans and is planning to do it in Tampa again. We're
working on dates, which may be somewhat unconventional. Please be
understanding that at this late date it is very difficult to find a site for
a 1200-1500 person meeting...
Please, folks, make generous donations, this is beyond disaster.

George H. Burgess
Florida Program for Shark Research
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
P O Box 117800
Gainesville, FL 32611
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