Frank McCormick, Research Program Manager of the Air, Water and Aquatic Environments science program in the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), has been elected President of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH). The ASIH, with about 2,500 members, is the leading scientific organization dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. The primary emphases of the Society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields.
Frank is an ecologist who works on disturbance in high elevation forest streams, the evolution and ecology of freshwater fish, and the assessment of watershed condition. He has been working with Forest Service (FS) since 2003 and with RMRS in Boise, Idaho and Fort Collins, Colorado for the past decade. Prior to that, Frank was a research ecologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development for 12 years.
Frank will begin serving on the society’s executive committee as president-elect in January 2020 and will become president in 2021. He says, “I’m honored and humbled. ASIH has been my professional home since 1981. I’m looking forward to serving the society.”
It is no surprise he has been offered this honor - he is known for his dedication to aquatic conservation. Join us in celebrating Frank for continuing to make the world better for aquatic creatures, water, and the future for all!
The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven units within the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development. RMRS maintains 14 field laboratories throughout a 12-state territory encompassing parts of the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. RMRS also administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds and maintains long-term research databases for these areas. While anchored in the geography of the West our research is global in scale. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.usda.gov/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.
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