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Thank you to everyone who attended and made this year's meeting a success!

2nd International meeting on biology and conservation of freshwater bivalves

The International Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo from October 4-8 2015.


Freshwater bivalves are a very important part of biodiversity, increasingly recognized as having key roles in the ecosystems they inhabit. Their global decline has been causing increasing concern. Although in recent decades there has been an increasing number of studies on the ecology and conservation of these animals, the integration of knowledge acquired by different research groups becomes urgent. This approach, in a comprehensive and integrative manner will also help policy makers to establish guidelines, which can then be applied in conservation management of these animals and their natural habitats.


It is under this perspective that we want to introduce the present event that will bring together international experts in biology and conservation of freshwater bivalves that through a cycle of conferences and debates, will be able to create a network of knowledge with the final goal of develop collaborative projects and eventually global directives for the protection and conservation of this important group of fauna.


So, we are inviting you to submit an abstract to the International Meeting on Biology and Conservation of Freshwater Bivalves. There will be several thematic symposia and poster sessions, covering the following subjects:

  • Biology and ecology
  • Conservation and threats to species and ecosystems
  • Invasive species
  • Phylogeny and phylogeography
  • Systematics and taxonomy
  • Physiology and reproduction




The conference will be held in Buffalo, New York, USA. The city is located on the eastern shore of Lake Erie and the head of the Niagara River; a natural and historically rich environment. Founded in 1801 as a small trading community it is nowadays the second largest city in New York State with its largest sector’s being financial services, technology, health care, and education. As a melting pot of cultures, cuisine in the Buffalo area reflects a variety of influences. These include Italian, Irish, Jewish, German, Polish, African-American, Greek, Indian and American influences.


Buffalo is home to over 50 private and public art galleries, most notably the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, home to a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art. The local art scene is also enhanced by the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery, Shea's Performing Arts Center, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.



Western New York is well known for its little farms and wineries embedded in large forested areas. It is also known for its variety of state parks and aquatic ecosystems providing opportunities for field trips. Undoubtedly the most famous of Western New York attractions are the Niagara River and spectacular Niagara Falls on the Canadian border.


Located 95 km southeast of Buffalo, Letchworth State Park is one of the most famous of New York’s state parks. Within the park, there are three large waterfalls on the Genesee River and as many as fifty waterfalls found on tributaries that flow into it. The deep gorge formed by the river, with rock walls rising up to 170 m in places prompted the area's reputation as the "Grand Canyon of the East."

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