Officers and Committees

Standing committees shall include a Nominating Committee, Shark Attack File Committee, Conservation Committee, Student Award Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Conference Committee, Publication Committee, Grant Committee, and Equity and Diversity Committee. Such committees as the President shall deem necessary shall be appointed at any time and shall be known as “ad hoc” committees. Unless otherwise specified, committees shall serve from one annual meeting until the next.

 

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Executive Committee

The Officers of the Society shall be: a President, who will serve as President-Elect from the time of the election until they assume the duties as President on January 1, immediately following their election, and who may be re-elected once; a Treasurer, a Secretary, and a Conference Chair, all of whom may serve unlimited, consecutive terms. All Officers will be elected to serve two-year terms. The President and Treasurer will be elected so that the first year of their term will begin in even years; the Secretary and Conference Chair will be elected so that the first year of their term will begin in odd years. The Officers shall be elected from among members in good standing, and all officers must maintain their memberships such that they remain members in good standing during their entire term. The term of office shall commence on January 1 following the annual meeting at which the Officers were elected.

The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, immediate Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Conference Chair.

President: Mikki McComb-Kobza email

Secretary: Tonya Wiley email

Treasurer: Christine Bedore email

Conference Chair: Chip Cotton email

Past President: Dave Ebert email

 

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Article IV: Officers

Section 1. The Officers of the Society shall be: a President, who will serve as President-Elect from the time of the election until they assume the duties as President on January 1, immediately following their election, and who may be re-elected once; a Treasurer, a Secretary, and a Conference Chair, all of whom may serve unlimited, consecutive terms. All Officers will be elected to serve two-year terms. The President and Treasurer will be elected so that the first year of their term will begin in even years; the Secretary and Conference Chair will be elected so that the first year of their term will begin in odd years.

Section 2. The Officers shall be elected from among members in good standing, and all officers must maintain their memberships such that they remain members in good standing during their entire term. The term of office shall commence on January 1 following the annual meeting at which the Officers were elected.

Section 3. The Officers named in Section 1 shall discharge the duties usually assigned to their respective offices (see By-Laws).

Section 4. A vacancy in the Secretary, Treasurer, or Conference Chair positions occurring in the interval of the meetings of the Society, may be filled by appointment by the President until the next duly elected Officer begins their term of office.

Section 5. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, President-Elect, immediate Past-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Conference Chair.

Section 6. Between the annual meetings the business of the Society shall be conducted by the Officers, acting within their individual responsibilities, and the Executive Committee.

Section 7. Performance Review, Replacement, and Impeachment of Officers. Unless otherwise required, on or about December 1 of the first year of the term, the most recent Past-President on the Board of Directors will query all current Board members to tabulate a “Vote of Confidence” for each member of the Executive Committee. The Officers will continue for the second year of their term unless 2/3 of the Board, not including the Officer being considered, vote to impeach any Officer.

In the event of an impeachment of the President, the most recent Past-President on the Board of Directors will assume the remainder of the term until a replacement is elected. In the event of the impeachment of an Officer, a replacement will be appointed by the President, unless the President is also impeached, in which case an appointment will be made by consensus of the Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

At the time of the annual meeting the business of the Society will be conducted by the Board of Directors. The Board will be composed of 10 members, elected from among the membership who will serve five-year terms.  The Board of Directors will include Past-Presidents and the incumbent Officers of the Society.  Past-Presidents will be members of the Board for a maximum of six years following completion of their term of office. Past-Presidents will serve two years on the Executive Committee (while also as a Board Member), and four additional years on the Board, for a total of six years. As a result, the previous two Past-Presidents will remain members of the Board and will be replaced sequentially with the election of a new President. The Board shall conduct business during the period between annual meetings only upon call by the Executive Committee.

  • Dovi Kacev, 2018-2022
  • Aaron Carlisle, 2021-2022
  • Kady Lyons, 2019-2023
  • John Carlson, 2019-2023
  • Jen Wyffels, 2020-2024
  • Kara Yopak, 2020-2024
  • Johanna Imhoff, 2021-2025
  • Marcus Drymon, 2021-2025
  • Marianne Porter, 2022-2026
  • David Shiffman, 2022-2026
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza, President email
  • Christine Bedore, Treasurer
  • Tonya Wiley, Secretary
  • Chip Cotton, Conference Chair
  • Dean Grubbs, Past President 2018-2023
  • Dave Ebert, Immediate Past President 2022-2027
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Article V: Board of Directors

Section 1. At the time of the annual meeting the business of the Society will be conducted by the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The Board will be composed of 10 members, elected from among the membership who will serve five-year terms.  The Board of Directors will include Past-Presidents and the incumbent Officers of the Society.  Past-Presidents will be members of the Board for a maximum of six years following completion of their term of office. Past-Presidents will serve two years on the Executive Committee (while also as a Board Member), and four additional years on the Board, for a total of six years. As a result, the previous two Past-Presidents will remain members of the Board and will be replaced sequentially with the election of a new President.

Section 3. Vacancies in the elected membership of the Board shall be filled each year from among members in good standing. All nominations shall be accompanied by a statement of willingness to serve from the nominee. Eligible members shall be given the opportunity to vote for a maximum of two candidates unless there is an additional vacancy(ies) as a result of a Director being elected to the Executive Committee or as a result of voluntary retirement from active service to the elected Board. In the latter cases, the two candidates receiving the most votes will serve five-year terms, while the candidate(s) receiving the next most votes will complete the term(s) of the advancing Officer or retiring Director. If multiple additional vacancies exist, the positions will be filled in the order of greatest length of time remaining in the term. The term(s) of office of all elected Directors shall commence on 1 January following the annual meeting at which they were elected. The Director(s) elected to complete the term(s) of retiring Director(s) may begin their term of office upon election if the retiring Director(s) is not serving for the remainder of the calendar year.

Section 4. Directors must attend at least four of the annual meetings during their five- year term on the Board. If a Director misses two annual meetings, they will be removed from the Board and a replacement will be appointed by the President for the remainder of the term.

Section 5. Directors must maintain their memberships such that they remain members in good standing during their entire term. Failure to maintain membership in good standing may result in removal from the Board and a replacement appointed by the President for the remainder of the term.

Section 6. Directors may not be re-elected or appointed to the Board immediately upon completing their term in office but must wait for a period of two years prior to serving an additional five-year commitment. This does not preclude their being elected to one of the offices forming the Executive Committee, which is a two-year commitment.

Section 7. The Board shall conduct business during the period between annual meetings only upon call by the Executive Committee.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee shall be elected from the membership in the annual election and shall consist of five members. The chair of the Committee shall be one of the members of the Committee and shall be appointed by the President. The Immediate Past-President will serve as a non-voting member of the Nominating Committee. The President and President-Elect shall be ex officio members of all committees.

  • Melissa Nehmens, 2021-2022, Chair email
  • Eloise Cave, 2021-2022
  • Nicole Phillips, 2021-2022
  • Bianca Prohaska, 2021-2022
  • Sabine Wintner, 2021-2022
  • President Mikki McComb Kobza
  • Immediate Past-President Dave Ebert

 

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Section 1. Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee shall be elected from the membership in the annual election and shall consist of five members. The chair of the Committee shall be one of the members of the Committee and shall be appointed by the President. The Immediate Past-President will serve as a non-voting member of the Nominating Committee.

The slate of nominees for all elected positions shall be finalized by the Nominating Committee and furnished to the Secretary by March 1 of the calendar year of the election.

Grant Committee

The Grant Committee shall consist of five members elected from the members in good standing in the annual election and shall serve for three years, plus the most recent award winners of each of the awards made by the committee shall serve for one year immediately following. Additionally, the chair of the Donald R. Nelson Grant Fund will be a non-voting, ex officio member of the committee. The Donald R. Nelson Grant Fund Chair may be called upon to vote in the case of a tiebreaker. The Committee shall review grant proposals and designate the awards to be made. No member of the committee shall review a proposal, or competing proposals, with which they have a direct conflict of interest, such as serving as the advisor of, or a collaborator with, the applicant. The Chair of the Committee shall be one of the elected members, selected by the President. The Committee shall review written proposals and designate awards to be made. Grants will be based upon funds available in the treasury and in endowments for the purpose of making student research awards. The President and President-Elect shall be ex officio members of all committees.

  • Kevin Feldheim, 2019-2022, Chair email
  • Marianne Porter, 2019-2022
  • Shannon Corrigan, 2020-2023
  • Tobey Curtis, 2020-2023
  • Andy Nosal, 2021-2024
  • Emily Peele, 2021-2024
  • President, Mikki McComb-Kobza
  • Nelson Chair, Steve Kajiura
  • 2021 Nelson Award winner, Ashley Dawdy
  • 2021 AES Research Award winner, Emily Meese
  • 2021 Mollet Award winner, Maria Sabando
  • 2021 Genie Award winner, Brit Finucci
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Section 8. Grant Committee
The Grant Committee shall consist of five members elected from the members in good standing in the annual election and shall serve for three years, plus the most recent award winners of each of the awards made by the committee shall serve for one year immediately following. Additionally, the chair of the Donald R. Nelson Grant Fund will be a non-voting, ex officio member of the committee. The Donald R. Nelson Grant Fund Chair may be called upon to vote in the case of a tiebreaker. The Committee shall review grant proposals and designate the awards to be made. No member of the committee shall review a proposal, or competing proposals, with which they have a direct conflict of interest, such as serving as the advisor of, or a collaborator with, the applicant. The Chair of the Committee shall be one of the elected members, selected by the President. The Committee shall review written proposals and designate awards to be made. Grants will be based upon funds available in the treasury and in endowments for the purpose of making student research awards.

Student Award Committee

The Student Award Committee shall be appointed by the President. The Chair of the Committee shall be one of the members of the Committee and shall be appointed by the President. Its task shall be to review and select the best student paper and poster presented at each annual meeting.

  • Carl Luer, Chair
  • Andy Nosal, Gruber Award
  • Kara Yopak, Carrier Award
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Section 4. Student Award Committee.
The Student Award Committee shall be appointed by the President. The Chair of the Committee shall be one of the members of the Committee and shall be appointed by the President. Its task shall be to review and select the best student paper and poster presented at each annual meeting.

Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee shall review issues affecting student and postdoctoral members and recommend to the Society and its Officers policies appropriate to student membership.  The incoming Chair of the Committee shall be nominated by the outgoing Chair, approved by the President, and shall be a member in good standing. The Student Affairs Committee members shall be appointed by the Chair. The Committee membership will be made of current members in good standing who are current students or postdoctoral scientists or who are within 12 months of completion of their degree or postdoctoral program. 

  • Chair:  Emily Meese email
  • Meeting T-shirts:  Emily Sapp
  • Auction/Corporate Donations:  Ashley Dawdy
  • AES Store:  Michelle Edwards + 1 available position
  • Webmaster:  Cecilia Hampton
  • Workshop Coordinator:  Triana Arguedas
  • Postdoc Representative:  Bryan Keller
  • Early Career Representative:  Cheston Peterson
  • SAC Facebook Group Administrator:  Matthew Bernanke
  • Members at Large:  2 available positions

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Section 5. Student Affairs Committee
The Student Affairs Committee shall review issues affecting student and postdoctoral members and recommend to the Society and its Officers policies appropriate to student membership.  The incoming Chair of the Committee shall be nominated by the outgoing Chair, approved by the President, and shall be a member in good standing. The Student Affairs Committee members shall be appointed by the Chair. The Committee membership will be made of current members in good standing who are current students or postdoctoral scientists or who are within 12 months of completion of their degree or postdoctoral program.

Equity and Diversity Committee

The Equity and Diversity Committee shall consist of seven members elected from the members in good standing in the annual election and shall serve for three years, plus the current chair of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC), or their designee, who shall serve for one year. The terms of all elected members of the committee shall commence on January 1 following the year in which they are elected. It is the duty of the nominating committee to ensure their slate retains a committee membership that reflects diversity in gender, sexual orientation, race, age, creed (and other foreseeable categories into which members might self-identify) to the extent possible, being aware of the potential for overburdening members of these groups with service work. The Chair of the Committee shall be one of the committee members, selected by the President. The Committee shall update and otherwise maintain, as necessary, the Code of Conduct. Changes to the Code of Conduct shall be proposed by the committee and must be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Any member of the committee shall be willing to receive complaints from the membership regarding violations of the Code of Conduct, as stated in the Code of Conduct. The Committee shall also strive to educate the society membership on issues pertaining to equity and diversity through events at the annual meeting and through other forms of communication such as e-mail and social media. Finally, the committee is also tasked with receiving, reviewing, and awarding the Young Professional Recruitment Fund awards. The President and President-Elect shall be ex officio members of all committees.

  • Steve Kajiura, 2020-2022, Chair email
  • Lisa Whitenack, 2020-2022
  • Dovi Kacev, 2020-2022
  • Mariah Pfleger, 2021-2023
  • Andy Nosal, 2021-2023
  • Rachel Skubel, 2022-2024
  • Jasmin Graham, 2022-2024
  • Emily Meese, SAC Chair
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza, President
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Section 9. Equity and Diversity Committee

The Equity and Diversity Committee shall consist of seven members elected from the members in good standing in the annual election and shall serve for three years, plus the current chair of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC), or their designee, who shall serve for one year. The terms of all elected members of the committee shall commence on January 1 following the year in which they are elected. It is the duty of the nominating committee to ensure their slate retains a committee membership that reflects diversity in gender, sexual orientation, race, age, creed (and other foreseeable categories into which members might self-identify) to the extent possible, being aware of the potential for overburdening members of these groups with service work. The Chair of the Committee shall be one of the committee members, selected by the President. The Committee shall update and otherwise maintain, as necessary, the Code of Conduct. Changes to the Code of Conduct shall be proposed by the committee and must be approved by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Any member of the committee shall be willing to receive complaints from the membership regarding violations of the Code of Conduct, as stated in the Code of Conduct. The Committee shall also strive to educate the society membership on issues pertaining to equity and diversity through events at the annual meeting and through other forms of communication such as e-mail and social media. Finally, the committee is also tasked with receiving, reviewing, and awarding the Young Professional Recruitment Fund awards.

Section 10. Establishment of Standing Committees Standing committees will need to be added, and removed, as the society grows and evolves. All committees shall start as an ad-hoc committee for a period of at least one year, so that the committee charge, and scope of work, can be reasonably established. Ad-hoc status can extend for longer than one year, as needed. Ad-hoc committees may also conclude their work without the establishment of a standing committee. Standing committee status is achieved once the by-laws are formally amended to include the committee title, its function, and election procedures in Article VII of the AES by-laws. Conversion of an ad-hoc committee to a standing committee shall proceed by Presidential appointment of the committee membership, in consultation with the appointed Chair of the ad-hoc committee. Members shall be appointed, in equal portions, as is possible, to one-year terms, two-year terms, three-year terms, etc., as defined by the term length in the committee description, to facilitate rolling replacement of committee members by the election process.

Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee shall be appointed by the President. The chair of the Committee shall be one of the members of the Committee and shall be appointed by the President. Its task shall be to review conservation issues affecting chondrichthyans and to recommend to the Society and its Officers action to be taken by the Society and its Officers to provide scientific advice for the conservation of chondrichthyans. The President and President-Elect shall be ex officio members of all committees.

  • Sonja Fordham, Chair email
  • Nick Dulvy
  • Dean Grubbs
  • Bob Hueter
  • Bryan Keller
  • Chris Lowe
  • John O’Sullivan
  • David Shiffman
  • Tonya Wiley
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza, President
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Section 3. Conservation Committee
The Conservation Committee shall be appointed by the President. The chair of the Committee shall be one of the members of the Committee and shall be appointed by the President. Its task shall be to review conservation issues affecting chondrichthyans and to recommend to the Society and its Officers action to be taken by the Society and its Officers to provide scientific advice for the conservation of chondrichthyans.

Shark Attack File Committee

The International Shark Attack File (ISAF), owned by the Smithsonian Institution, is under the trusteeship and management of the American Elasmobranch Society. The Shark Attack File Committee is responsible for the management of the ISAF including, but not limited to, compilation and distribution of information contained within the ISAF, under the guidelines established by the AES Board of Directors. The Shark Attack File Committee shall be appointed by the President. Its Chair shall be the curator vested with custody of the original files of the Office of Naval Research, American Institute of Biological Sciences, and Smithsonian Institution. The President and President-Elect shall be ex officio members of all committees.

  • Gavin Naylor, Chair email
  • Tyler Bowling
  • Greg Skomal
  • Chris Lowe
  • Randy Honebrink
  • Carl Meyer
  • Otto Gadig
  • Matt Dicken
  • Phoebe Meagher
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza, President
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Section 2. Shark Attack File Committee.
The International Shark Attack File (ISAF), owned by the Smithsonian Institution, is under the trusteeship and management of the American Elasmobranch Society. The Shark Attack File Committee is responsible for the management of the ISAF including, but not limited to, compilation and distribution of information contained within the ISAF, under the guidelines established by the AES Board of Directors. The Shark Attack File Committee shall be appointed by the President. Its Chair shall be the curator vested with custody of the original files of the Office of Naval Research, American Institute of Biological Sciences, and Smithsonian Institution.

Publication Committee

The Publication Committee shall consist of the elected President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and the Editor/Webmaster, Historian, and Publications Librarian appointed by the President. The Publications Librarian shall serve as Chair of the Committee. The Committee shall facilitate the production and distribution of information and publications related to the study of chondrichthyans and the business of the society.  Duties include the generation, sale and inventory of books and other printed materials, the administration of the society social media accounts, and the archiving of society information and materials such as conference programs and group photographs.

  • Thomas Farrugia: Publications Librarian and Chair email
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza: President
  • Jeremy Vaudo and Melissa Nehmens: Historians
  • Tonya Wiley: Secretary
  • Chris Bedore: Treasurer
  • Chuck Bangley: Editor/Webmaster
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Section 7. Publication Committee
The Publication Committee shall consist of the elected President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and the Editor/Webmaster, Historian, and Publications Librarian appointed by the President.  The Publications Librarian shall serve as Chair of the Committee. The Committee shall facilitate the production and distribution of information and publications related to the study of chondrichthyans and the business of the society.  Duties include the generation, sale and inventory of books and other printed materials, the administration of the society social media accounts, and the archiving of society information and materials such as conference programs and group photographs.

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee shall consist of the elected President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Conference Chair, and any additional members appointed by the President.  The Committee shall be responsible for all AES-related conference logistic arrangements for the annual meeting. During those years when AES meets jointly with JMIH or other societies a conference committee may not be required, and the Conference Chair shall sit on the appropriate joint planning committee(s).

  • Chip Cotton: Conference Chair email
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza: President
  • Christine Bedore: Treasurer
  • Tonya Wiley: Secretary
  • Chuck Bangley: appointee
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Section 6. Conference Committee
The Conference Committee shall consist of the elected President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Conference Chair, and any additional members appointed by the President.  The Committee shall be responsible for all AES-related conference logistic arrangements for the annual meeting. During those years when AES meets jointly with JMIH or other societies a conference committee may not be required, and the Conference Chair shall sit on the appropriate joint planning committee(s).

Endowment Fund Chairs

  • Jeffrey C. & Carol A. Carrier Student Poster Award: Carl Luer
  • Donald R. Nelson Student Research Award: Steve Kajiura
  • Henry & Anne Mollet Student Research Award: Chris Lowe
  • Henry F. and Anne L. Mollet Banquet Endowment: Carl Luer
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Endowed Funds can be established for the purpose of providing grants or awards to members in good standing of the Society, or other such purposes as may be deemed consistent with the objectives of the society as delineated in Article II of the Constitution. Original documents that will constitute a Letter of Agreement between the endowing party(ies) and the Society must be written in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws and must be approved by the Board of Directors. The Letter of Agreement must describe specific details including, but not limited to, methods for securing the principal, objectives of the fund and criteria for eligibility to receive a grant or award, mechanisms for generating a perpetual grant or award while allowing the principal to be maintained or continue to grow, acknowledgment that, insofar as is practical under the establishing documents, the Society Treasurer will administer the fund, unless the nature of the fund requires external management of the Fund principal and, if appropriate, identification of a committee to decide the recipient of the grant or award. The Letter of Agreement, bearing the signatures of the President and Treasurer as well as a representative of the endowing party(ies), will establish the permanent location where original documents are to reside, with copies of the Letter of Agreement provided to the President and Treasurer for their files. The President shall appoint, as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee, a committee and committee chairperson to oversee the management and investment of the funds for each committee so established. If requested in the Letter of Agreement, the endowing party(ies) may have representation on this committee. Unless otherwise stated in the Letter of Agreement, the principal in any endowed funds will be treated as Society assets in case the Society is dissolved and will be transferred as described in Article VIII, Section 2 of the Constitution.

Outreach and Education Committee (ad-hoc)

Appointed annually by President

  • Josh Moyer, Chair email
  • Dave Ebert
  • Chuck Bangley
  • Jen Wyffels
  • Rachel Aitchison
  • Mikki McComb-Kobza, President

Captive Elasmobranch Census Committee (ad-hoc)

Appointed annually by President

  • Paula Carlson – Co-Chair, Dallas World Aquarium
  • Jennie Janssen –Co-Chair, National Aquarium

AES editor and webmaster: Chuck Bangley email