ANNUAL REPORT OF THE TROPICAL SECTION - 2008

During the 2007 meeting in Chicago the session Tropical Biology section had four oral presentations and seven posters.  The section also cosponsored a symposium in honor of Sherwin Carlquist work on island biology.

Add the end of the session a business meeting was convened and 13 members of the section, in addition to the President and Treasurer were present.  A motion from the floor on whether or not to institute 5$ dues to members of the section was discussed.  The objective of this was to have more funds available to organize symposia and/or support the participation of students, and it followed similar motions that were discussed at other sections business meetings.  In the end there was consensus to postpone the discussion until the next year and see the impact that adding dues would have on other sections.
For the meetings in Vancouver the section had decided to sponsor a symposium on rain forest ecology, but due to unforeseen logistical problems this symposium was cancelled.
During the 2008 meetings in Vancouver four oral papers and four posters will be presented.  A business meeting will follow the oral session.

Submitted by Fabián A. Michelangeli