Forest Service scientist elected president of leading scientific organization

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Dr. Frank McCormick, research program manager for Air, Water and Aquatic Environments science program in the Rocky Mountain Research Station. USDA Forest Service photo.

COLORADOFrank McCormick, research program manager for Air, Water and Aquatic Environments science program in the Rocky Mountain Research Station, was elected president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The ASIH, with about 2500 members, is the leading scientific organization dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. The primary emphases of the Society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields.

McCormick is an ecologist who works on disturbance in high elevation forest streams, the evolution and ecology of freshwater fish, and the assessment of watershed condition. He has been working with the USDA Forest Service since 2003 and with RMRS in Boise, Idaho and Fort Collins, Colorado, for the past decade. Prior to that, McCormick was a research ecologist with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development for 12 years.

“I’m honored and humbled. ASIH has been my professional home since 1981.  I’m looking forward to serving the society,” shared McCormick. He will begin serving on the society’s executive committee as president-elect in January 2020 and will become president in 2021.