It's on the home page events calendar, it's on the monthly meeting page calendar, it was in the December meeting reminder email, it was announced at the December meeting, it's in all the 2022 program materials and still at least one person will drive to Green Acres tomorrow expecting to attend the January meeting on the 1st. Please don't be that person!
January will be a great meeting. Gerry Hoffman will provide us with an entertaining lightning talk about how he fixed a well-planted and established tank that began to leak. Expect to learn some neat tricks.
Dr. Riva Riley will then give a feature presentation on Corydoras Social Patterns.
Department of BiologyUniversity of Maryland College Park (UMCP)
Dr. Riva Riley is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland. Her research is focused on social behavior and its consequences for individuals in social groups; she is especially interested in how individuals can use their own social influence to change their social environment and improve their prospects. She studies a delightful little fish, Corydoras catfish, which live in the Amazon rainforest. After observing wild fish in the field and conducting laboratory studies, she described a novel communication style, a tactile nudge, that individual fish use to communicate with their fellow group members. She uses this nudging behavior to help understand how social influences and group dynamics can modify social evolution and lead to complex social behaviors (including our own human behavior). She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and her B.A. from Harvard University.