II International Symposium on Phylogeny and Classification of Neotropical Fishes


October 23rd
to 27th, 2017


Hotel Sumatra,
Londrina, PR, Brazil

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October 23rd

October 23rd 2017, Monday



8:30 - 12:00 Participants arrival
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:00 Registration
16:00 - 18:30

Opening Ceremony

16:00 "Welcome", by Dr. José Birindelli, president of the II Symposium, Dr. Luiz Roberto Malabarba, president of SBI and Dr. Berenice Jordão, rector of UEL.

16:15 "Advances in Neotropical Ichthyology over the last 20 years", by Dr. Luiz Roberto Malabarba (UFRGS), president of I Symposium.

17:00 "Introduction to the Vari's Legacy sessions" by Dr. Naércio Menezes (MZUSP).

17:30 "Rich Vari: Early years and the American Museum of Natural History" by Dr. Lynne Parenti (USNM).

ABSTRACT. Rich Vari and I were both privileged to be graduate students of Donn E. Rosen in the Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in the mid-1970s. Donn was a gregarious, erudite man who was an influential and encouraging mentor. Many of ways that Rich Vari worked throughout his career were developed during his time as a graduate student of Donn in the AMNH. Ultimately Rich developed his own style and was an influential mentor himself to many students of systematic ichthyology.

18:00 "The legacy of Richard P. Vari: scientific excellency, reliability, open-mindedness and generosity" by Dr. Mario de Pinna (MZUSP).

ABSTRACT. An overview is presented of the career of Richard P. Vari and his role in the history of ichthyology. Vari´s contributions covered a number of different fish groups from several continents and established standards which pervade the field in the long term. Such influence owes as much to his published body of work as to his personality. As one of the most productive fish taxonomists in modern times, R. Vari played a fundamental role in keeping fish systematics a truly universal scientific endeavor.
Vari´s international interaction was one of his notable professional traits, surpassing national and cultural barriers. That achievement results from a combination of four factors inherent to his personality: scientific excellency, reliability, open-mindedness and generosity. Literally hundreds of young and established ichthyologists worldwide benefitted from his interaction, which changed for the better the outlook of the field. His association with Brazilian scientists was particularly active, especially with students just beginning their careers. Richard Vari is probably the most important foreign benefactor in the history of Brazilian zoology. Such influence was instrumental in preventing the Brazilian community of ichthyologists from falling into provincialism during a critical phase in its development. As a corollary, it largely contributed to the thriving state of the field in the country. His tireless editing of manuscripts, both for content and form, warranted a long-lasting tradition of objectivity, formal cleanliness and conciseness in writing which lives on in the work of many academic descendants.

19:00 - 22:00

Reception, including: a buffet of appetizers and soft drinks, a degustation of CASCUDA (a beer homemade by Dr. Roberto Reis), and live music (Clube do Choro de Londrina) (free to participants of the Symposium). Additional food and drinks will be sold in the Hotel bar.

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