SICB Annual Meeting 2019



SICB Annual Meeting 2019 January 3-7, 2019 Tampa, FL


Honorary Membership in SICB

The SICB Executive Committee bestowed an Honorary Membership on Sandra Gaunt for her efforts in helping to endow the Gans Fund, which supports the Gans Award, and for her contributions to support SICB students. Most recently, the Abbot S. “Toby” Gaunt Student Research Award was named to honor Sandra’s late husband, Toby Gaunt.

SICB In the News

At the recent SICB annual meeting, a researcher presented findings that the sounds recorded in Cuba that were thought to be related to “sonic attacks” appear to be made by crickets chirping. This story was picked up by the New York Times and many other media outlets.

Named Lectures

  • George A. Bartholomew Lecture: Dr. Ben Dantzer, who received the Bartholomew Award, spoke on “Plasticity, hormones, behavior, and fitness: understanding the long-reach of the mother in wild animals.”
  • Howard A. Bern Lecture: Dr. Michael Romero, who received the Bern Award, gave a talk entitled: “Scared, Cold, and Hungry – Stress from the Arctic to the Equator.”
  • John A. Moore Lecture: Dr. Kevin Padian delivered a lecture entitled: “Lessons from the ‘Intelligent Design’ trial: Explaining evolution and climate science in a ‘post-evidentiary world’.”
  • AMS Keynote Lecture by Dr. Bruce Conn was called: “Functional Morphology Meets Infectious Disease Epidemiology: How Parasitic Flatworms Move Between and Within Hosts.


  • Integrative Plant Biology
  • Adaptation and Evolution of Biological Materials
  • Comparative Evolutionary Morphology and Biomechanics in the Era of Big Data
  • The World is not Flat: Accounting for the dynamic nature of the environment as we move beyond static experimental manipulations.

Tampa Workshops and Other Programs

  • Several scientific workshops focusing on specific themes or methods, including high acceleration systems in biology, materials imaging (SEM and microCT), and particle image velocimetry
  • Professional development workshops on core concepts in vertebrate morphology teaching, science communication and inclusivity in the classroom
  • Special Focus Meeting on Organismal Botany featuring contributed papers and posters, a student prize session, an organizational meeting and social, and the Integrative Plant Biology Symposium
  • First-ever Ask-An-Expert Booth sponsored by the Division of Phylogenetics and Comparative Biology
  • Special Session in Honor of Dr. Mimi Koehl — “Ekoehlogical Biomechanics: A Tribute to Mimi Koehl”


Awards & Contests

  • American Microscopial Society: Call for Microscopical Photos – Annual Buchsbaum Photo Contest Do you have a favorite photomicrograph you’d like others to see? It could be the winner! The 2019 Buchsbaum Photo Contest, sponsored by the American Microscopical Society, will be held during the SICB meeting in Tampa, Florida. The contest is a memorial to Ralph Buchsbaum, pioneer in cell and tissue culture of animals and champion of photomicrography, and its aim is to encourage microscopical-biological photography. Details can be found on the American Microscopical Society ‘s website:
  • AMS Travel Awards: The American Microscopical Society is offering travel awards to three student members who will be presenting at the annual AMS/SICB 2019 meeting in Tampa, Florida, January 3-7. The deadline for applications has been extended to November 15, 2018. Each award will be $250USD​. See AMS Student Travel Awards for details on eligibility and how to apply.

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