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No. 141
February 1995

Editor: Jane Villa-Lobos


By Katherine Waser

The Office of Arid Lands Studies at The University of Arizona is pleased to announce the on-line debut of a World Wide Web Home Page for the International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC). The IALC is an independent, nonprofit research organization supporting ecological sustainability in arid and semiarid lands worldwide. Its founders are: The University of Arizona, The University of Illinois, New Mexico State University, South Dakota State University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, the Jewish National Fund, and the USDA Forest Service.

The goal of the IALC Home Page is threefold: (1) to heighten awareness of the IALC and its members among the international community of arid lands researchers, land managers, policy makers and development specialists; (2) to provide IALC members and other interested colleagues with access to leading- edge information on a host of topics critical to the pursuit of timely and pragmatic solutions to research questions specific to drylands; and (3) to create new possibilities for interaction among IALC members and their colleagues by means of this network link, especially in terms of facilitating cooperative projects, limiting duplication of effort, and making more efficient use of limited resources by sharing expertise and experience.

The IALC Home Page currently includes information on IALC member institutions; the first issue of a quarterly on-line newsletter announcing news, conferences, publications and jobs of potential interest to the arid lands research community; and hot links to other Internet sites of interest. Further newsletter editions, a directory of IALC researchers, and a bibliography of their publications are also under development.

The URL for the IALC Home Page is: For more information, contact Katherine Waser: Tel.: (602) 621-8572; e-mail:


The Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund was established by the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society to help protect the world's threatened wildlife. Each year award grants are given to individuals or institutions working in conservation biology for up to $1,000.

Projects and programs that enhance biodiversity and maintain ecosystems receive the highest funding priority. Field studies, environmental education programs, development of techniques that can be used in a natural environment and captive propagation programs that stress an integrative and/or multi-disciplinary approach to conservation are also appropriate. Proposals for single species preservation, initial surveys, or seed money for technique development are not appropriate.

Recipients are required to acknowledge the Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Rhode Island Zoological Society in any publications that result from the project. Recipients must also submit a progress report which inlcudes an update on the status of the project. This report is due one year after funding.

All proposals must be submitted by May 1, 1995. Grants will be awarded in July, 1995. For further information regarding the Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund, contact: Dr. Anne Savage, Director of Research, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02905; Tel.: (401) 785-3510; Fax: (401) 941- 3988; e-mail:


The International Programs of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Florida is offering a short course," Agroforestry Systems: Design and Management", May 8-26 in Gainesville, Florida. The course will cover: concepts and scientific basis of agroforestry, developments in agroforestry research and technologies. Cost: US$2,500. Contact: Christine Kelly-Begazo, International Programs - Training Unit, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; Tel.: (904) 392-6902; Fax: (904) 392-7127; e-mail:

The University of Florida and the Makerere University of Uganda are offering a field course in tropical ecology and conservation to be held in June and July 1995 at the Makerere University Biological Field Station in the Kibale Forest National Park of western Uganda. The first part of the course is a series of introductory lectures and field trips; during the second part students will conduct independent research projects. For application forms, contact: Overseas Studies, 123 Tigert Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; Tel.: (904) 392- 5206. For more information about the course, contact Colin or Laura Chapman, Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611; Tel.: (904) 392-1196 or (904) 392-7474; e- mail: or


The University of Maryland Sea Grant College, with support from the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates, will award twelve research fellowships to undergraduates who will have finished 2 years of study by Spring 1995.

Students will work at either the University of Maryland's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (Solomons, MD) or the Horn Point Environmental Laboratory (Cambridge, MD) and participate in multidisciplinary marine research programs that are examining basic ecosystem processes. As members of a research team, student researchers will take part in such studies as the cycling of nutrients and organic material within the estuary, food chain relationships, population dynamics of fish and other Bay organisms, and the complexities of estuarine water circulation.

Stipends are $3000 plus housing allowance, round-trip travel expenses and funding to assist in presenting the results of summer research. Application deadline is March 10, 1995. Applicants should send a 1-2 page description of interest, educational plans, and expectations of the summer research experience. In addition, please send official transcripts, list of courses in progress, and two letters of recommendation to: Gail B. Mackiernan, Maryland Sea Grant Program, 0112 Skinner Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; Tel.: (301) 405-6371;


The Association of Systematics Collections (ASC) seeks to hire a data manager for a twelve month period, contigent upon ASC's receipt of funds for the position. Anticipated start date is April, 1995. Duties are to augment the existing ASC database on collections resources, to develop a directory of taxonomic experts, and to survey ASC members concerning their collection- based databases. Information will be made available to US federal agencies and the public.

Qualification: BA or BS in biology or computer sciences and Internet literacy. Knowledge of systematics collections, survey of methodology, and Paradox database software highly desirable. Pay commensurate with experience. Send resume to: ASC, 730 11th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20001; e-mail:

The Wildlife Conservation Society seeks an outstanding educator to assume the duties of a secondary level instructor. The candidate will teach, inspire and motivate adolescents and adults, including teachers. A Master's degree in ecology, zoology or environmental science is required. A minimum of 2 years full- time teaching experience in an informal setting is essential; knowledge of zoo biology and conservation issues are important; outstanding presentation skills are a must. Work schedule: Sunday - Thursday. Benefits: complete health coverage and 3 weeks vacation.

If interested, send resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx Zoo, 185th Street and Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460. Also send an e-mail message to Fred W. Koontz at


A Guide to Biological Field Stations: Directory of Members, is currently available from the Organization of Biological Field Stations. The guide provides information on locations, environment, facilities, ongoing research and educational programs on 150 biological field stations primarily in North and Central America.

The guide is $10 (postage included) and can be obtained from Dr. Richard W. Coles, Secretary-Treasurer, Organization of Biological Field Stations, Tyson Research Center, Washington University, P.O. Box 258, Eureka, MO 63025.


April 22-26. "Sustainable Society and Protected Areas", the 8th conference on research and resource management in parks and public lands, will be held in Portland, Oregon. For more information, contact: The George Wright Society, P. O. Box 65, Hancock, MI 49930; Tel.: (9906) 487-9722.

May 7-11. The Tropical Conservation and Development Program of the Center for Latin American Studies (University of Florida) and the Facultad de Ciencias Biologicas (Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia Peruana) will hold the Second International Conference on Wildlife Management in Amazonia in Iquitos, Peru. The conference will focus on the importance of local community participation and the development of economic alternatives to conserve species and habitats. For further information, contact: Conference, TCD Program, University of Florida, P. O. Box 115531, Gainesville, FL 32611-5531; Tel.: (904) 392-6548; Fax: (904) 392- 0085; e-mail:

May 22-27. A conference on the problems of conservation and biodiversity in steppe and forest-steppe ecosystems will be held at the Centralno-Chernozemniy Biosphere Reserve to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the reserve. Topics will include: nature conservation, optimization of conservation policy of the steppe, meadow and forest ecosystems, and widening the network of the reserves in the steppe and forest-steppe zones. For information, contact; Soshina Valentina Petrovna, Centralno-Chernozemniy Reserve, P.O. Zapovednoe, Kursk Region, Kursk Oblast 307028, Russia.

May 22-26. The International Symposium on Conservation of Rare and Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora will be held in Guilin, China. Topics: status and conservation strategies of rare and endangered plants; germplasm and distribution of rare and endangered species; ex situ preservation, propagation and utilization of rare and endangered species. For more information, write: Guilin International Conference Centre for Science and Technology, No. 17 Yiren Road, Guilin, Guangxi 541001, China. Tel. & Fax: (0773) 227283.

May 23-25. "Measuring and Monitoring Forest Biological Diversity: The International Network of Biodiversity Plots" will be held at the S. Dillon Ripley International Center, Smithsonian Institution. Areas of emphasis: North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Asia. For information, contact: Smithsonian/MAB 1995 Forest Plot Symposium, Smithsonian Institution, 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W., Suite 3123, Washington, DC 20560.


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