Gran Canaria is a very sexy location but a bit pricey for some of  us. To 
support Tom's proposal to hold the symposium at the University  of Florida 
allow me to offer an additional inducement. 
Those of you from ultima Thule should know that Gainesville, or Hogtown as  
it is properly known, is entirely unlike the rest of Florida, which is a 
dreary  flat expanse of expressways and commercialism. Instead, our small yet  
cosmopolitan southern town features rolling forested hills with lakes, 
streams,  and beautiful nearby springs. The city is so deeply green that it is 
nearly  invisible from the air. Nearby Paynes prairie was once the snakeyest 
known place  on earth; though sadly those days have passed, primarily in my 
opinion due to  Ranavirus. We are justly famed for our alligators, many 
large examples of which  live within the city limits. It is arguable that we 
have the greatest per capita  concentration of herpetologists on the planet, 
the woods are full of them.  The downtown nightlife is not for the weak of 
heart, this is after all a college  town.
Just south of town is a mythical place known as Wacahoota. There I am  
privileged to own 22 acres of magnificent old growth forest. Many of my ancient  
oaks have trunks exceeding twenty feet in circumference, and are hung with 
moss  and other epiphytes. I have carefully restored the forest such that 
there are  numerous trails and beautiful glens perfect for camping. Symposium 
participants  are free to do so for as long as they wish, and to use the 
facilities of my  rustic cabin as need be. The backyard features a large party 
area which has  often hosted gatherings of naturalists from around the 
world. Should this come  to pass there will be a big bonfire and I will prepare a 
fine repast of roasted  armadillo. You will have to bring your own beer. 
So there you have it, a free place to camp and party in  paradise!
Bruce J. Morgan
Environmental Designs
POB 1519
Archer, FL 32618  USA
352 495 9748
_www.environmentaldesigns.org_ ( 

In a message dated 11/13/2013 9:48:15 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
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I’ll withhold my South Dakota proposal because I don’t want to ruin  
Rachel's and Tom’s hopes.  I mean who wouldn’t pick South Dakota over  these?

Jake Kerby, Ph.D.
Director of Research, Missouri River  Institute
University of South Dakota
Biology Department
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office: (605) 677-6170

From: Trent Garner <[log in to unmask] 
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Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 7:05  AM
To: "[log in to unmask] (mailto:[log in to unmask]) " 
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Subject: Re: 2015 Symposium Proposals  Sought

Gran  Canaria v Florida. Tough call 
From: Global  Ranavirus Consortium [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On  Behalf 
Of Thomas Waltzek
Sent: 12 November 2013  21:57
To: [log in to unmask] (mailto:[log in to unmask]) 
Subject:  Re: 2015 Symposium Proposals Sought 
Hi Amanda,
Jim and I are putting  together a UF initiative together with our wildlife 
disease group here. Love  Rachel's thought also! Cheers - T
On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM, Rachel Marschang 
<[log in to unmask] (mailto:[log in to unmask]) > wrote: 
Hi Amanda, 

I am working on putting together a proposal for Gran  Canaria together with 
the EAFP. I will do my best to be on time. It took me a  while to get 
started, what with the new job.


2013/11/12 Amanda Duffus <[log in to unmask] 
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Dear GRC,
This is just a reminder that proposals for the 2015  International 
Symposium on Ranaviruses are sought. 

Instructions on how to  prepare the proposal can be found by following the 
link below.
Proposals are due by November  22nd, 2013.

Please feel free to email me at this address of Dr. Gray  
([log in to unmask] (mailto:[log in to unmask]) ) if you have any questions.

All the  Best,
Amanda Duffus Ph.D.
Global Ranavirus Consortium 

PD Rachel E.  Marschang, Dip ECZM (herpetology), FTÄ 
Mikrobiologie, ZB Reptilien
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