Announcements / SILnews 27

Announcements / SILnews 27

Freshwater Zooplankton and Literature at the National University of Singapore (NUS)

Over 13,000 freshwater zooplankton samples preserved in formalin, and many mounted specimens on slides, were transferred to NUS in October 1997. Accompanying the samples were over 18,500 scientific reprints, identification guides, theses, lists of identified species, and other notes.

The samples came from forty-two countries on six continents. Over five hundred samples came from each of the following countries: Canada, Ethiopia, the Indian subcontinent, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Nigeria, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The focus of the reprint collection is zoology and freshwater biology. It is strong in limnology, especially tropical zooplankton, aquatic invertebrates, fish parasitology, reservoir fisheries and rice field ecology. It contains many difficult to obtain papers in Russian and Italian on rice field ecology and fish culture. Over twenty M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses and over sixty scientific papers are based on material from the collection extending from 1971 - 1998.

The material and reprints are housed in The Zoological Reference Collection. There is a card index to samples and reprints but this is being computerized. Those wishing to have access to the collection and literature should contact:

The Director
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Lower Kent Ridge Road
Singapore 119260
Fax: 65 774 8101 or 7792486
sbsngkl@leonis.nus.edu.sg

C. H Fernando
University of Waterloo

and

V.R. Alekseev
Zoological Institute, St. Petersburg

Ukrainian Entomological Society

The Ukrainian Entomological Society includes more than 400 members from different institutes, universities, and nature conservation organisations that are working on various scientific, environmental, ecological, agricultural studies and conservation projects in 15 provinces of the Ukraine.

The Society is involved in the study of Ukrainian reserves, including the Danube Delta Reserve, the Black Sea Reserve, the Carpathian Reserve, Ukrainian Steppe Reserve, and reserves in the Crimean Semi-island (near the Black Sea) and others.

The Society is collaborating with professionals and non-professionals on questions of nature conservation, possible expeditions, nature photographic exhibitions, collaborative studies, publications, meetings and friendly contacts.

Copies of ecological and entomological publications sent to our Library will be very valuable for our members.

For information on The Ukrainian Entomological Society, please contact:

Dr. Victor Fursov
Secretary, Ukrainian Entomological Society
Institute of Zoology
National Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
Bogdan Khmelnitskiy Str. 15
Kiev, 252601
UKRAINE
Phone: 380 44 224-9980
Fax: 380 44 224-1569
fursov@ukrpack.net

The Directory of French-Speaking Researchers in Water Sciences

The Directory of French-Speaking Researchers in Water Sciences (hydrology, hydraulics, limnology, oceanography, containing 1320 references from Algeria, Belgium, Canada, France, Morocco, Tunisia, Switzerland) has been updated. Its price is Euro 53.36 plus Euro 6.10 for postage until July 1, 1999. After July 1, the price will be Euro 106.71 (FF 700).

For information, contact: 100670.615@compuserve.com or by fax at: (33) 1 40 51 73 16.

Eric Pattee
University of Lyon
GLODIR

The Global Directory of Marine (and Freshwater) Scientists is a database containing information on scientists and their scientific interests. The GLODIR is a product developed under the auspices of the IODE’s (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange) Group of Experts on Marine Information Management.

An on-line input system of GLODIR has been developed. The system allows for individual scientists to submit (and in future update ) information on their scientific activities so as to enable the marine science community, as well as policy makers and other stakeholders in marine related issues, to easily identify experts in subjects of their interest. The system sues ASFA subject codes for standardised description of activities. The database can be searched on-line. You can search by name of scientists, organisation, country, URL, ASFA categories, free text and environment. Register with, and consultation of, the database are free at the following site: www.unesco.org/ioc/infserv/glodir.htm.

While this seems to be mostly a marine directory, it contains 3,166 names from 100 countries obtained in February 1998, among which approximately 860 were freshwater scientists.

Eric Pattee
University of Lyon

CD-ROM Biodiversity: The Great Lakes of Africa

This CD-ROM was written by Drs. Andrew S. Cohen (of the University of Arizona) and Peter Reinthal (of Eastern Michigan University). The cost is $20.00 US. The CD-ROM will be distributed free to African scientists, resource mangers and politicians.To order this CD-ROM, please contact:

Dr. A.S. Cohen
Professor of Geosciences and Joint Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721 USA
Phone: (520) 621-6024
Fax: (520) 621-2672
acohen@geo.arizona.edu

Appointment

In March 1999, Lars Tranvik became professor in and chair of the Department of Limnology at Uppsala University. His new address is:

Lars Tranvik
Department of Limnology
Evolutionary Biology Centre
Uppsala University, Norbyv. 20
SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone: +46 18 4712722
Fax: +46 18 531134
lars.tranvik@limno.uu.se

For information about the department: www.limno.uu.se/

Albert Einstein World Award

Professor Charles Goldman, Department of Enviornmental Science & Policy and Director of the UC (University of California) Tahoe Research Group was presented the 1998 Albert Einstein World Award of Science in recognition of his valuable and pioneering contributions in the field of environmental sciences.

According to Esteban Meszaros Wild, Secretary General, Consejo Cultural Mundial, the prize recognizes Goldman’s ‘productive trajectory for more than 39 years of research on Lake Tahoe and the environmental research program created and sustained in California and throughout the world which has brought true benefit to mankind’.

The award is an acknowledgement from members of the World Cultural Council, a scientific community representing more than 60 countries. The council is based in Mexico City. The presentation was made in November at a ceremony hosted by Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Goldman began tracking Lake Tahoe’s water quality in 1959, one year after he joined the UC Davis faculty. In 1967, he established the UC Tahoe Research Group. His research is widely recognized as a major force in stemming the lake’s ongoing degradation.

Geographical Information System (GIS) of World Lakes Limnological Studies

There is a gap in understanding spatial (in a latitude-altitude space) morphological and other global relationships for lake physical regimes including thermal and water ones. The total capacity of freshwater contained in world lakes is not well documented. One reason is due to the lack of a global database containing data from studied lakes. Information on most world lakes is restricted to their location and surface area. According to the authors’ estimates, bathymetrical surveys carried out in approximately to 3 - 4×105 lakes and limnological studies have not covered more than 3.5 - 4.5×104 lakes. A Geographical Information System for limnological studies of the world lakes and reservoirs (GIS WORLDLAKE) constructed in MapInfo, Windows, is in progress. The original database (Excel files) contains information in the following categories: geography, morphometry, hydrology, meteorology and climatology, water chemistry, thermal structure, comments and references.

Currently the database uses 50 Mb of memory and covers more than 20,000 mainly limnologically studied lakes from 144 countries (Europe - >13,500, North America - >2,200, Central and Southern America - >470, Africa - >350, Asia - >2,500, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania - >700, Antarctica - >90), and more than 2,000 reservoirs. However, there are data gaps for such regions as: the Amazon, Himalayas, Tibet, northern and eastern Siberia, Central Yakut, South American Andes, Cordilleras, Scandinavia, some equatorial and arid zones of Africa and Asia, Central America, Antarctica, Oceania, Greenland and some others.

We are setting up the GIS WORLDLAKE on the Internet and kindly invite colleagues from the global limnological community for their contributions.

Sergei V. Ryanzhin
UFZ-Gewasserforschung Magdeburg
Bruckstrase 3a
D-39114
Magdeburg, Germany
Phone/Fax: +49 (391) 8109 452/8109 150
E-mail: ryanzhin@gm.ufz.de

and

Milan Straškraba
University of Southern Bohemia
Branišovska 31
Ceské Budejovice 37005 Czech Republic
Phone/Fax: 42 038 41928/43765
E-mail: stras@entu.cas.cz

INTECOL VI - Global Wetlands at the Millennium

The Sixth Wetlands Symposium of the International Association of Ecology, INTECOL VI, on the theme of Global Wetlands at the Millennium will be held at Québec City, Canada August 6-12, 2000. Topics addressed include: global water conservation, sustainable development issues, fisheries in wetlands, microbiological research, botanical studies, waterfowl habitat, conservation policy and legislation, wetland restoration technology, wetlands as carbon sinks, the role of wetlands in climate change, tropical peatlands, estuarine ecology, forestry in wetlands.

INTECOL VI will be a component of a Millennium Wetland Event with its meeting held in conjunction with the 21st Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, the 11th World Congress of the International Peat Society and the 12th Symposium of the International Mire Conservation Group as well as specialized meetings of Wetlands International and numerous other groups. The Convention on Wetlands and the IUCN Ecosystem Management Commission have offered to assist in implementation of the program. The second call for papers is now available – abstracts are due Dec. 15. Further details of this wetland meeting, accommodation and a special student discount offer for the first 200 students registerring are available at: www.cqvb.qc.ca/wetland2000/ or contact:

Clayton Rubec, Chair
Organizing Committee
INTECOL VI
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0H3
Phone: 1-819-953-0485
Fax: 1-819-994-4445
E-mail: clay.rubec@ec.gc.ca