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February 9th, 7:00 PM PST
Livestream at gsas.org/stream
This is a program you won’t want to miss! Michi Tobler, Associate Professor in the Division of Biology at Kansas State University, is a renowned fish scientist with a gift for communicating with tropical fish hobbyists. “Just Ask a Scientist” is a new column in The Livebearer, the journal of the American Livebearer Association. It provides fish hobbyists with an avenue to ask questions about the biology of livebearing fishes they keep in their aquaria that are then answered by a scientist, Michi, with matching expertise.
There are over 200 species of livebearing fishes in the family Poeciliidae that occur from Florida to Argentina. Poeciliids are particularly diverse in Central America and some of the larger Caribbean islands, Some genera of livebearers have become important models in evolutionary ecology research, providing textbook examples for studies in sexual selection and animal behavior, hybridization and speciation, as well as life history evolution. Nonetheless, the vast majority of species and even genera within the family remain unstudied.
Not only will Michi introduce this topic, but he will share some of his collecting trips and advise on how to successfully keep many of these species.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person club activities continue to be suspended in 2021 until further notice. No live auctions. No in-person home show.
Monthly meetings are taking place over our YouTube channel or Zoom. However, to make up for this, we have added extra meetings, and have been able to include presenters who otherwise might never be able to travel to Seattle.
We look forward to seeing everyone in person for meetings and auctions in the future!
January 10th, SUNDAY, 10 AM (note special day and time!)
Hailing from Carluke Scotland, Colin Dunlop is passionate about Anabantoids but especially an an expert in keeping and breeding snakeheads of the family Channidae (something we cannot do legally in Washington State and much of the US). A member of two European Anabantoid Societies, he has written several articles on snakehead husbandry for Practical Fishkeeping Magazine, the Catfish Study Group, and various forums.
Professionally, Colin wears many hats regarding the natural environment: He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, and is Director and Consultant Ecologist of Wellrigs Ecology and Outdoor Learning Ltd.
Because Colin will be speaking live from Scotland, we're holding the meeting on a Sunday morning instead of our usual Tuesday night. We'll take questions as always on the YouTube chat, and the meeting will be open for non-members to watch. Hope to see you there!
We ran out of small and medium sizes of our 2019 shirt, and rather than just reprint more in gray again, we did a run with a new color - blue! Same great design by Ryan Henry Ward of Seattle mural fame, but now with a beautiful aqua-background. Because we can't meet in person, we'll ship you one for a few bucks extra. Go to https://gsas.org/t-shirt.html to order.