Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 International Malacology Reunion - Welcome to La Paz

Thank you for your interest in the 2011 International Malacology Reunion, the upcoming joint of the 44th annual meeting of the Western Society of Malacologists and the 12th biannual meeting of the Mexican Malacological Society to be held at the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas of Instituto Politecnico Nacional on the Madre Perla Conference Room of the Hotel Perla, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

The joint meetings of these two societies increased the number of contributed presentations and broaden the scientific communication between our two countries. The 2011 International Malacology Reunion will present a workshop on 'Bivalve taxonomy' by Dr. Paul Valentich.Scott (Santa Barbara Natural History Museum), and a symposium on the 'History of Malacology in Baja California' convened by Dr. Hans Bertsch (Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas de la UABC). The meeting will be filled with 72 oral presentations and 67 posters dealing with molluscan ecology, systematics and phylogeny, paleontology, anthropology, aquaculture and fisheries. These presentations will be complemented by three keynote addresses, a forum discussing the CONABIO species catalog, a display of modern and fossils mollusks, and a photographic exhibit of Prehispanic shell artifacts.

Shuttles and taxis are also available at the airport. The Hotel Perla is about 20 minutes from the airport and is located at Álvaro Obregón 1570, Centro, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México, C.P. 23000. Tels. (612) 122 0777, Fax: (612) 125 5363; Toll free (CA and AZ): 1 888 242 3757, de México: 01 800 716 8799. Meeting registration for early arrivals will be from noon to 7 PM Sunday, June 26th in the lobby of hotel Perla

Additional events include:
Tour Bahía de Los Sueños, Friday, July 1 (8 am to 5 pm).
Bus for 38 seats. Ticket personal $225.00 Pesos
Bus and Lunch (8 h)
The Cactus Sanctuary of Baja California Sur, Mexico
Located in the Ejido (communal land) of El Rosario, only 45 minutes to the south of La Paz (the capital of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur), is the lonely Cactus Sanctuary (Santuario de los Cactus), in which 50 hectares of parkland have been divided into 50 distinct areas to preserve cacti and endemic plants found only in this part of the globe. Signs throughout the Cactus Sanctuary of Baja California Sur, Mexico, share information about unique plant preserve. Spectacular endemic vegetation fills the Cactus Sanctuary at the Ejido (communal land) of El Rosario.;
Bahía de Los Sueños

On the eastern coast of Baja California Sur is a stretch of bays and beaches that remain as secluded today as when Cortez landed here in 1535. Bahía de los Sueños (the Bay of Dreams), located 35 miles south of La Paz, is an exclusive resort community that will offer waterfront custom residences, an elite fishing club, a Tom Doak 18-hole golf course, resort hotels and spas, and the tranquility that can only come from such a natural setting.

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Chairman of the Organizing Committee of WSM-SMMAC 2011 joint annual meeting
Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR-IPN) Apdo. Postal 592
Ave. Inst. Politécnico Nacional S/N, Col. Playa Palo de Santa Rita, C.P. 23096, La Paz, B.C.S., Mexico.
PHONE: 52-612-12-25344 ext. 82428, FAX: 612-12-25322,

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