ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
OF ICHTHYOLOGISTS AND HERPETOLOGISTS
- Mission Statement
- ASIH Programs
- Annual Meetings
- Special Publications
- Graduate Student Grant Funds
Today, ASIH has a membership of 2,400 and COPEIA is issued as a quarterly containing about 1,200 pages per year. In addition, COPEIA is found in over 1,000 institutional libraries worldwide.
COPEIA - an internationally respected, widely-cited quarterly that publishes original research on fishes, amphibians and reptiles, emphasizing systematics, ecology, behavior, genetics, morphology and physiology.
ANNUAL MEETINGS - conferences bringing together scientists from throughout the world to present original research in the form of papers, posters and symposia that review broad areas of interest to the advancement of knowledge and relating to the diversity, conservation and utilization of ichthyological and herpetological resources. These meetings have been held in Canada and Costa Rica, as well as well as the United States.
- GRADUATE STUDENT GRANT FUNDS - two special bequests from members of ASIH to aid young scientists in their research activities include:
- Helen T. and F. M. Gaige Fund (herpetology)
- Edward C. and Charlotte F. Raney Fund (ichthyology)
- STUDENT AWARDS - two awards for high scholarly achievement also have been established by generous gifts:
- Frederick H. Stoye Awards - for the most meritorious papers presented orally by student members at the annual meeting.
- Tracy I. Storer Awards - for the best posters presented by student members at the annual meeting.
ROBERT H. GIBBS, Jr. AWARD - A prize given in recognition of an outstanding body of published work in systematic ichthyology by a citizen of the Western Hemisphere. Recipients include: Bruce B. Collette, John E. Randall, Stanley H. Weitzman, J. Gareth Nelson and Victor G. Springer.
AREAS OF SPECIAL CONCERN - ASIH has an active volunteer committee program that focuses on issues of special concern for science and society as they relate to knowledge of ichthyology and herpetology in a number of areas including: 1) Animal Welfare, 2) Biodiversity and Conservation, 3) Environmental Quality, 4) Nomenclature, 5) Scientific and Public Education, and 6) Scientific Research Collections, Resources and Practices.
During its first 79 years of existence, ASIH has established an enviable reputation as a scientific society through its publications, meetings, encouragement of international and young scientists and responsiveness to biological diversity issues. During the next decade ASIH plans to build on these successes more fully to interpret, understand and conserve the diversity of life on our planet for the consequent benefit of humanity. In order to do so, ASIH has launched an ambitious campaign to increase the Society's endowment fund to enhance or initiate expanded efforts in the following areas:
- increase the number of special publications based upon symposia presented at the annual meetings of ASIH
- initiate a major monograph series to publish single works too large for COPEIA.
- increase funds available for research by student members.
- establish a research fund to provide support for the study of extinction focused on populations in imminent danger of catastrophic declines or demise.
- provide support for small grants to cover membership fees for scholars and graduate students in less developed countries so they may receive COPEIA and other ASIH publications.
- establish a fund to provide that COPEIA and other ASIH publications be deposited in at least one institutional or government agency library in each country worldwide.
ASIH invites everyone -- scientist, student, amateur, nature lover, interested citizen, foundations and corporations -- to contribute to our better understanding of fishes, amphibians and reptiles through a financial contribution to ASIH Your support will help the Society meet the many challenges it faces in expanding our knowledge base and applying it to meet societal needs. As continuing intense human impacts threaten many species with extinction, ASIH will address the key issues of how best to protect these species and maintain them and others of scientific, economic, cultural or aesthetic value against further onslaughts. If you have an interest in these organisms and would like to help ASIH meet these challenges, we encourage you to join us in this effort! Please contact the Secretary's Office for further information.