Archive for January, 2009

Job Announcment – Benthic Ecologist w/information focus

Marine Benthic Ecologist – Assistant Professor (Senior Research)
Oregon State University
The Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport, Oregon) is seeking applicants for a full-time Marine Benthic Ecologist at the rank of Assistant Professor (Senior Research).  This position will conduct research and promote information exchange dealing with ecological effects of wave energy development, and will cooperate with scientific programs related to the NNMREC mission.  The incumbent also provides expertise in the field of marine ecology to plan and execute original research addressing wave energy development’s effects on benthic communities, primarily those residing in soft sediments in the nearshore environment.
A Ph.D. in an appropriate marine field is required, as is research experience in benthic ecology, as shown by publications and presentations.  Applicants should have excellent communication skills and be computer literate.  Starting salary will be $42,000 to $52,000 dependent upon qualifications.  Apply by 21 February, 2009 for full consideration.  Application instructions are available at

Janet Webster

Oregon State University

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IAMSLIC’s newest honorary member

For most of you, the membership committee’s recent decision to include Jean Collins among the ranks of those whose long tradition of exceptional service is recognized with an honorary membership will come as little surprise. That said, Janet Webster, Barb Butler and I are happy to contribute both serious and light-hearted commentary about the experiences we’ve all had working with Jean through the years.

We will miss her keen insight into the operational aspects of our organization. Both Barb and I are especially greatful for the guidance she offered us on membership issues throughout our respective terms as President.  As both member and chair of this committee, Jean brought IAMSLIC to new parts of the world and recruited countless members.  

No one but Jean would have navigated the bureaucracy required to host an IAMSLIC meeting at FAO in Rome. For those of us lucky enough to have attended, the benefits of her remarkable efforts were immediately obvious.  Not satisfied to conquer just one bureaucratic organization, she crossed the Tiber and arranged a group tour of the Vatican.

Her network, both in Rome and throughout the developing world, is legendary. Through outreach, capacity building and sharing of expertise Jean has left a legacy that touched many in the fisheries community. Both Janet and I were fortunate to have worked directly with Jean in Rome. We submit that no one works harder to achieve a goal. She challenged both of us to match her dedication and we hope our efforts did not fall too far from that mark. Her colleagues and friends at FAO must sorely miss her daily presence.

On a more personal note, I will very much miss that Yorkshire humor applied to all things IAMSLIC. 

— Joan Parker on behalf of Janet Webster and Barb Butler



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SAIL conference May 11-14, Wilmington, N. Carolina

SAIL will be holding their annual conference May 11-14th, 2009 in Wilmington, N. Carolina, hosted by Peter Fritzler and the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

All are welcome.  The theme is “From the River to the Sea”.  The website for the conference is:

Jan E. Heckman, 2007-09 SAIL rep

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The 4th conference  is scheduled to take place in Zanzibar from 20th-24th July 2009. The conference will be preceded by a two days training workshop on ASFA, Aquatic Commons and OceanDocs (access to aquatic and marine sciences electronic information)






Sub Themes:

1. Managing digital information

2. Repositories

5. Open access

6. E-resources and advancement of science and research


Members of the Conference Organizing Committee

1.  Geoffrey Salanje- Malawi

2. Arame Ndiaye Keita- Senegal

3. Anna Maria Alfredo- Mozambique

4. Sam Ngete- Kenya

5. James Macharia- Kenya

6. Margie Shaw- South Africa


 Local Organising Committee

 Edna Nyika

 Musa Chacha

 Rukia Kitula

 Daudi Msangameno



Deadline for submission of paper proposals is February 15 2009. Deadline for submission of full papers June 30th 2009

Please submit the abstracts to:


Posted by Edna A. Nyika- e-mail:

Afriamslic ChairPerson


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