68th Annual Meeting
The American Malacological Society
Charleston, South Carolina
August 3 – 7, 2002
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    The 2002 American Malacological Society Meeting will be held at the College of Charleston's Lightsey Conference Center in historic Charleston, South Carolina.  The city is America's most beautifully preserved architectural treasure, featuring historic homes, restaurants, shops, museums, and tours.  The Lightsey Center is a modern facility with a complete range of conference services.

    The featured symposium will be "The Biology and Conservation of Freshwater Gastropods," organized by Rob Dillon.  Amy Wethington is organizing a satellite session entitled "Pulmonate gastropods in the laboratory."  John Wise & Ellen Strong are also organizing a special session:  "Multidisciplinary Approaches to Molluscan Phylogeny."  In addition, there will be general sessions for contributed papers on a wide variety of topics, in both oral and poster format.  Several awards for student presentations will be given.

    A variety of special activities are planned, including an expanded endowment auction and a dinner cruise on Charleston Harbor.  Four field trips are offered on the final day of the meeting: a boat trip to pristine Bull Island, inshore trawling on a SCDNR research vessel, a freshwater trip to the site of Charleston's first settlement in 1670, and a tour of the historic Ashley River plantation district.

    Housing is available at a very modest price in the College of Charleston dormitories.  A block of rooms has also been reserved at the Westin Francis Marion Hotel, located adjacent to the Lightsey Center.

Facilities & Accommodations:

Invited Sessions:

Symposium: The Biology and Conservation of Freshwater Gastropods.  The North American fauna includes about 500 nominal species of freshwater gastropods.  But the taxonomy of many groups predates the modern synthesis, and great confusion exists regarding the specific identity of even the most common populations.  As a consequence, large regions of the continent have never been adequately surveyed, and fundamental aspects of the ecology of many freshwater gastropod groups remain obscure.  Absent a recommitment to basic research on the biology of freshwater gastropods, a critical element of our biota is in danger of slipping away.  Organizer: Rob Dillon.

Special Session: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Molluscan Phylogeny.  Our intention is to provide a well rounded forum for discussing the unique challenges of analyzing multiple data sets in phylogenetic studies of mollusks.  Case studies will be offered and used as a framework to address theoretical and philosophical issues, e.g. of separate vs. simultaneous analysis, (in)congruence of multiple data sets, and the reconciliation of disparate data sources. Such independent data sources include, but are not limited to, morphological, molecular, fossil, and biogeographic data.  Organizers: John Wise and Ellen Strong.

Special Session:  Pulmonates in the Laboratory.  Given their short life spans, proficient egg laying, genetic diversity, activity, and ease of culture, freshwater pulmonate gastropods make great organisms for experimental study.  This session is intended to address all aspects of experimental study using Pulmonates:  behavior, life history, genetics (population as well as transmission), mating systems, reproductive biology, and much more. Organizer: Amy Wethington.

Call for Papers and Posters:

Papers and posters describing any research relevant to the Phylum Mollusca will be welcome at AMS 2002.  Oral contributions will be limited to 15 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions.  Posters will be limited to 46" x 46" (120 cm x 120 cm).  Submission of abstracts for all sessions of AMS2002 will be accepted by email only, as both attached and appended documents.  Follow this link for specific instructions and required format.

Special Events:

Auction - On Monday evening we'll gather for our annual auction to benefit the AMS student and symposium endowment funds.  Dick Petit will hold the gavel!  Books, reprints, art (both fine and otherwise), treasures and trash of a malacological nature, and any sort of item with a link to the Phylum Mollusca will be on the block, except shells.  Fun, food, and libations will flow in equal measure.  Donations wanted!  If you have items to contribute, we'd like to advertise ahead of time.  Please email DillonR@fwgna.org (put "Auction Donation" in the subject line) and tell me what you've got and whether you're going to bring it with you or mail it to me ahead of time.  Please note if your items have some unique quality, special value, or historic context.  Also feel free to suggest a fair market price, if this can be established.

Dinner Cruise - Tuesday evening we'll enjoy a delicious meal as we cruise by Charleston's beautiful and historic battery homes, under the magnificent Cooper River Bridges, and alongside the Port Terminals.  The Spirit of Carolina features year round climate controlled dining salons, open observation decks, and a full service galley.  Experience a fabulous three course meal prepared to order onboard (choice of five entrees), table side service, and your favorite beverages.  Meeting registration includes one ticket for the cruise; additional tickets may be purchased for  $50.00 each.

Field Trips August 7:

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For more information, contact:
Robert T. Dillon, Jr., AMS President
Department of Biology, College of Charleston
Charleston, SC  29424
voice: 843-953-8087, fax: 843-953-5453