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PSA/ISOP MEETING REGISTRATION WEBSITE NOW OPEN AT https://www.sgmeet.com/psa/psa2007/psareginfo.asp

2007 PSA/ISOP Meeting August 5–10, 2007 Providence, RI

The 2007 annual meeting of the International Society of Protistologists will be held jointly with the Phycological Society of America at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island. The meeting will kick-off with an opening mixer on the evening of Sunday, 5 August, and the scientific program will be Monday through Thursday, 6-9 August. An Auction and Mixer will be on Monday evening and the Poster Session and Mixer will be on Wednesday evening. The PSA/ISOP banquet will be Thursday evening. There will be an optional intertidal field trip on Friday, August 10. Please check the Society website for travel awards, student awards, and periodic updates about the meeting.

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for the PSA/ISOP joint meeting are now being accepted at http://psa.abstractcentral.com/ The deadline for abstract submission is 8 June 2007. Participants may personally contribute either one oral or one poster presentation (but there is no limit on the number of presentations made by others on which one can be listed as a co-author).

Meeting Registration

Register at https://www.sgmeet.com/psa/psa2007/psareginfo.asp. Note that this is a PSA site, but you can and should indicate ISOP affiliation during registration. The deadline for regular registration will be 5 July (although the field trip has a registration deadline of 30 June). A late registration fee of $50 will be imposed after 5 July. Registration fees are $340 for regular members of PSA and ISOP, $250 for student or retired members of PSA and ISOP, and $440 for non-members of either PSA or ISOP (regardless of student or retired status). These fees cover continental breakfasts each morning, the banquet, three evening mixers with heavy hors d'oeuvres, and all breaks.

For information on making room reservations at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Providence-Warwick, go to http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/1/en/hotel/wrwri?_requestid=179063. Note that there are two Crowne Plaza Hotels in providence. The meeting is at the Providence-Warwick hotel near the airport. A special room rate of $109 per night (for up to four people per room) has been arranged. If you phone the hotel (877-227-6963) to make reservations, you must identify yourself with the PSA/ISOP meeting in order to receive this rate. To receive the special rate by web reservation, use the code "PSA." The number of rooms allocated for the meeting is limited, so reserve early to ensure accommodations at the meeting venue. Note that there are no other hotels in walking distance and it is very unlikely that you will get a lower rate at any area hotel. So making reservations early is highly recommended. The hotel is very close to the Providence airport and a free shuttle is available.

Although there are numerous lunch options within a short driving distance of the hotel, there are none in reasonable walking distance. The hotel restaurant will be available for lunch for people who do not have access to car or who choose to stay on site. To reduce waiting times at the hotel restaurant, special lunches can be purchased in advance via the meeting registration web site. These will cost $17.50 each, with a different menu option each day: Antipasto Salad & Pizza on Monday, NY Deli Plate on Tuesday, Grilled Oriental Chicken on Wednesday, and Croissant Creation on Thursday. PSA member students will be treated to lunch on Tuesday as part of a student meeting (so PSA students should not pre-pay for lunch on Tuesday). ISOP will have its business meeting at a luncheon on Wednesday at a cost of $23.50 per person.

PSA is offering an optional field trip on Friday, August 10, to a local marine rocky intertidal habitat. Low tide is around noon and we plan to leave the hotel no later than 9:30 am. The bus trip is about 45 min and will arrive at Beavertail State Park (http://www.riparks.com/beaverta1.htm). The bus will depart for the hotel no later than 1:30 pm, giving plenty of time to explore and collect. A box lunch is included in the field trip cost. There will be local phycologists available on the trip to aid in species identification. Field trip is limited to 100 people. Deadline for the field trip registration will be 30 June.



ISOP is proud to co-sponsor a standard format symposium on symbiosis with PSA. This is being coordinated by Charles Delwiche (University of Maryland) for PSA and Wayne Coats (Smithsonian Environmental Resesrch Center) for ISOP. The speakers include:

MARY ALICE COFFROTH (SUNY Buffalo): Symbiosis-cnidarian symbioses; Ontogeny and diversity

CHARLES DELWICHE (University of Maryland): The distribution of plastics among eukaryotes: past, present, and future

BAS IBELINGS (Netherlands Institute of Ecology): Diatom blooms, chytrid epidemics and the evolutionary ecology of their interactions

MATTHEW JOHNSON (Rutgers University: Organelle retention in the photosynthetic ciliate Myrionecta rubra: Orgenelle performance and an energy budget for growth

BRIAN S. LEANDER (University of British Columbia): Convergent evolution in eukaryotic parasites

GIULIO PETRONI (Universita` di Pisa): Bacterial symbiosis in protists


ISOP will sponsor a standard format symposium entitled Biogeochemical Cycling: the Protist Connection. Symposium chairs are Joan M. Bernhard (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and Samuel S. Bowser (Wadsworth Center, NY State Dept Health). Speakers will include:

JOAN M. BERNHARD (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution): ‘‘Extremophile’’ and N, H, C, and S cycling

PETER FRENZEL (Max Plank Institut für Terrestrische Mikcrobiologie): Methane from protists and methane for protists: their contribution to methane production and their effect on methane oxidation

MARTIN LANGER (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universita¨t Bonn): Carbonate production in the World’s Ocean: The role of foraminifera

BENJAMIN S. TWINING (University of South Carolina): The role of protozoa in ocean iron biogeochemistry


Hutner Lecture - PER JUEL HANSEN (Marine Biological Laboratory University of Copenhagen): Interactions among marine protists: importance of mixotrophy, pH and toxins

ISOP VICE-PRESIDENT – IGOR DOVGAL (Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology): Suctorian Ciliates: Diversity, Distribution, Ecology and Evolution

ISOP Past President Address - WAYNE COATS (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center): Lost Among the Alveolates


ISOP will sponsor two thematic platform sessions consisting of invited speakers and contributed paper related to the topics:

Protists and the Molecular and Informatics Revolution: from Species Pages to Barcodes

Chair: Linda Amaral Zettler, Brown-MBL Joint Graduate Program, International Census of Marine Microbes

Drug Targets in Parasitic Protists

Chair: Nigel Yarlett, Haskins Laboratories, Pace University


PSA will sponsor Plenary talks and associated mini-symposia with participants identified by the Plenary speakers. Contributed papers related to the mini-symposia topics will be scheduled in ‘‘featured contributed talk’’ sessions immediately following each mini-symposium. The sessions and invited speakers for 2007 are:


Plenary: MAX H. HOMMERSAND (University of North Carolina) Phylogeny, systematics, and biogeography of the red algae

Mini-symposium speakers:

HEROEN VERBRUGGEN (Ghent University) Evolutionary biogeography of siphonous green algae

STEFANO DRAISMA (Leiden University) Our current understanding of brown algal evolution


Plenary: ELISABETH GANTT (University of Maryland) Chloroplast evolution: past and present

Mini-symposium speakers:

WOLFGANG LOEFFELHARDT (University of Vienna) The cyanella of Cyanophora paradoxa: missing link of plastid evolution

JARED WORFUL (University of Maine) Whole genome analyses of diatoms: insights into ecology and evolution


Plenary: JOHN A. RAVEN (University of Dundee) Why do phytoplankton make such a fuss about carbon dioxide?

Mini-symposium speakers:

ZOE FINKEL (Mount Allison University) Size matters: macroevolutionary patterns in marine diatoms and dinoflagellates.

ANTONIETTA QUIGG (Texas A&M University, Galveston) Title TBA

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