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The purpose of the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists is to foster, encourage, and promote the study and conservation of mammals in the Central Plains region, which includes the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

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The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society will be hosted by Jay McGhee in Maryville, Missouri. The Meeting is scheduled for October 9-11. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

2015 Keynote Presentation

Dr. Andrew Hope from Kansas State University will be giving the keynote presentation at the 2015 central plains society of mammalogists meeting.

"I study how species evolve across a continental landscape in response to environmental changes through time, including the processes influencing community turnover, and complex dynamics surrounding ecotones where different communities interact. I attained my BS in Zoology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, with a year placement in central New Mexico where my thesis involved a dietary analysis of small mammal communities at the intersection of 6 major biomes. I then defended my MS thesis at Eastern New Mexico University. There I extended a community approach to considering distributional dynamics among mammals distributed through the western U.S. sky-island archipelago, building on classic island biogeographic theory. I completed my PhD at the University of New Mexico using phylogeographic methods to investigate the evolutionary history of boreal small mammals distributed across the Holarctic. My research is highly specimen-based and has revolved around extended field expeditions, and subsequent curation of specimens for scientific archives. At Kansas State, my ongoing research focuses on contact zone dynamics and understanding the speciation mechanisms that have resulted in rapid radiation of larges complexes of related species. This phenomenon is driven by the cyclic Quaternary climate regime, a complex continental geography, and repeated episodes of isolation and reconnection between diverging populations. Secondary contact between related lineages often results in hybridization, increasingly recognized as a critical factor for promoting biodiversity. Contact zones are also where host species may transmit parasites and pathogens and yet these taxa are still generally understudied. My research is increasingly involved with parasite biodiversity discovery and host-pathogen interactions across an evolutionary timescale. Although I am interested in all mammals, those who know me recognize that conversation will quickly steer towards the natural history and diversity of shrews!"

For more information on Dr. Hope please visit:

http://www.k-state.edu/biology/people/research/hope/index.html.

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Last updated 21 August 2015