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October 23, 2007

Cope to lead conservation society

Dr. Gregory Cope, associate professor and department Extension leader in the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department at North Carolina State University, has been elected president-elect of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS) for 2007-2008. He joined the FMCS Executive Committee in 2007 as president-elect and will assume leadership of the society in 2009 for a two-year term.

With about 375 members from throughout North America and the world, the FMCS is dedicated to the conservation of freshwater mollusks, North America's most imperiled animals, through research, education, and outreach. Membership in the society is open to anyone interested in freshwater mollusks and who supports the mission of the society, including advocating for conservation of freshwater molluscan resources, serving as a conduit for information about freshwater mollusks, promoting science-based management of freshwater mollusks, and promoting and facilitating education and awareness about freshwater mollusks and their function in freshwater ecosystems.

Cope joined NC State as an assistant professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Toxicology, in 1997. Prior to his appointment at NC State, Cope was a research fisheries biologist and aquatic toxicologist with the United States Geological Survey’s Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse, Wis., for six years.

Cope earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, master’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and doctorate in toxicology and fisheries biology from Iowa State University.

Posted by Natalie at October 23, 2007 02:48 PM