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Abstracts of Contributed Papers Presented at the 1998 North American Echinoderms Meeting August 16-19, 1998, Wallops Island Marine Science Center, Wallops Island, Virginia



Following the tradition started at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (1989), and continued at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (1992), the third North American Echinoderms Meeting was sponsored by the Marine Science Consortium and held at the Wallops Island Marine Science Center in August of 1998. In keeping with the practices of prior meetings, this meeting provided a forum for colleagues from throughout North America to share current work, and fostered communication between researchers whose work is based upon some aspect of the biology of Echinodermata. Presentations covered a range of topics, from evolutionary relationships to ecological processes and from physiological mechanisms to aquacultural applications, illustrating the breadth of activities of researchers investigating the Echinodermata. Following are abstracts resulting from oral or poster presentations contributed to the 1998 North American Echinoderms Meeting, and a special, invited retrospective on meetings on Echinodermata in North America.