World Lagomorph Society
World Lagomorph Society
Welcome
The World Lagomorph Society (WLS) is an association, which intends to intensify the communication between persons who are interested in the research, management and conservation of lagomorphs (rabbits, hares and pikas). The main purpose of the association is to promote the cooperation between lagomorph researchers and to spread the existent information, in order to improve the knowledge in this group. The WLS also aims to support the study on lagomorph species, in particular those under special conservation status, by helping funds for specific projects and by scientific support. As some lagomorphs have an important economic value, either as game or as pest species, a special attention will be drawn on these species, namely by promoting the exchange of technical reports.

Finally, WLS will promote the World Lagomorph Conference, each 4 years, and support complementary regional symposium in specific subjects. WLS also aims to get funds to support the attendance of students in conferences.
Latest News
NEW BOOK: The mountain hare in the Alps: A survivor artist with an uncertain future
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Annoucing a new book on the Mountain Hares (Lepus timidis) of the alps. The book is written in German by WLS member Maik Rehnus. See below for an English summary. 


The book can be purcahsed at this link.

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LaGomiCs (Lagomorph Genomics Consortium) meeting
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Born from a cooperative initiative of the European COST Action TD1101, “A Collaborative European Network on Rabbit Genome Biology – RGB-Net” 2011-2015, and of the World Lagomorph Society (WLS), the Lagomorph Genomics Consortium (LaGomiCs) is an international research framework whose final objective is the sequencing of the genome of all extant and select extinct lagomorph species over the next 5 years.

 

The second meeting of the Lagomorph Genomics Consortium (LaGomiCs), will take place at Zagreb (Croatia), May 6-8, 2014. This meeting is Satellite event of the RGB-Net Management Committee meeting, and it is organized

in collaboration with the World Lagomorph Society.

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New Book: Rabbit by Victoria Dickenson
Friday, December 20, 2013

Announcing the arrival of: Rabbit by Victoria Dickenson

part of the Animal Series from Reaktion Press; Release Date in North America December 15

Just in time for holiday gifting!

A labour of love and the definitive history of the bunny as told by a confirmed bunny lover

Link

And if you like that, here's a link to an earlier book in the series on our beloved Hare:

Link

 

 

PHD Project: Taxonomy and Systematics of Lepus
Monday, December 09, 2013

Here's an exciting oportunity to do PhD research on the taxonomy and systematics of Lepus at Queen's University Belfast. Click ont he link for more details

 

PhD in Lepus systematics

Lagomorphs at the 11th International Mammalogical Congress 2013 (Belfast)
Thursday, October 24, 2013

The most recent IMC highlighted current lagomorph research (abstracts in attached PDF), but also included the Irish Hare in their lovely logo. 

http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/IMC11/

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VIDEO: Snowshoe Hare Research
Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A wonderful video highlighting Snowshoe Hare research near Seeley Lake, Montana. 

LINK

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NEW BOOK: The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Rabbits of the World
Monday, August 05, 2013

Here is a new publication that should be of interest to almost every member of the World Lagomorph Society (WLS). The Biology and Identification of the Coccidia (Apicomplexa) of Rabbits of the World was published by Academic Press on June 14, 2013, and is available on Amazon.com. It is a taxonomic summation that evaluates the scientific and scholarly merit of virtually every paper published about Coccidia (Apicomplexa) from rabbits worldwide, thus providing a complete historical rendition of the known species. It is a guide to identification and treatment and is written in a style that can be understood by most educated lay persons and laboratory workers. It combines in 1 source, all the information that researchers, veterinarians, students, and others usually face in trying to find and navigate through this scattered literature. This book conceptually and historically summarizes the world's literature on apicomplexan parasites of rabbits and provides a quick guide to isolation procedures, identification, strategies for management, and available chemotherapy. Researchers in biology, parasitology, animal husbandry, rabbit raising, diseases of wild and domestic animals, faculty members in universities with graduate programs in these areas, colleges of veterinary medicine and agriculture, practicing veterinarians, farmers, students and other individuals involved in 4H should all be interested in this publication.

 

Link to Purchase

PNAS: Camouflage mismatch in seasonal coat color due to decreased snow duration
Monday, August 05, 2013

A recent cover of PNAS features a radio-collored Snowshoe Hare. 

More from PNAS:

"The snowshoe hare is one of 10 mammal species worldwide that undergo seasonal changes in coat color that provide camou- flage in snow-covered terrain. The initiation dates of seasonal coat color change are influenced by photoperiod, and are unaffected by the presence of snow. L. Scott Mills et al. estimate that by the end of this century, the projected decline in the number of days with snow on the ground will substantially increase the exposure of white hares mismatched on a brown, snowless background."

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WLS Member edited volume of Functional Ecology: Ecology of Stress
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A new edited volume of Functional Ecology highlights several topics of interest to lagomorph reserachers. The open access articles can be accessed by clicking here.

And lay summaries can be found by clicking here.

Ph.D. Graduate Research Assistantships
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Agency: Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Location: Syracuse, NY

Job Description: One Graduate Assistantship will be available to start in August 2013 to work on New England Cottontail (a Candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act) and Eastern Cottontail interactions, demography, and habitat associations. Graduate research will focus on radio-telemetry and population genetics-based studies of dispersal, survival, recruitment, and habitat use of the two species.  Successful applicant will teach for two fall semesters and be supported on a Graduate Research Assistantship for two spring semesters and two full years.  The most qualified applicants will have strong wildlife field skills, experience using molecular techniques, and strong demonstrated skills in data analysis. Duties will include writing study plans, implementing cottontail trapping and telemetry surveys, habitat sampling, genetic sampling and analyses, supervising technicians and undergraduate assistants, and preparing reports and presentations for scientific audiences.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a M.S. in Wildlife, Conservation Biology, Biology, or similar area.   Experience with field studies, including trapping and handling, of small or medium-sized mammals and molecular techniques is highly desirable.  

Interested applicants should submit the following: letter of interest, names and contact information of three references, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, and CV to: Dr. Jonathan Cohen or Dr. Sadie Ryan. Selected applicants will need to apply to the SUNY ESF Graduate School before acceptance. 

Application emails: jcohen14@esf.edusjryan@vt.edu Salary: Teaching assistantship for first two fall semesters, research assistantship (starting $20,000/yr) first two spring semesters and final two years, tuition waiver, health benefits Last Date to apply: March 10, 2012 Contact: Dr. Jonathan Cohen (jcohen14@esf.edu) and Dr. Sadie Ryan (sjryan@esf.edu).
E-mail: jcohen14@vt.edu(Preferred) 
Phone: 315-470-6763 (Cohen); 315-470-6757

Chicago Zoological Society: Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 

Dear LSG:

I am forwarding materials for the Chicago Zoological Society endangered species fund.  I can only nominate one proposal per year, and if you have been declined there is a 2-year waiting period on re-submissions.  And, applications are not being accepted for field research being conducted in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan and Singapore.  If you are interested, please contact me by 1 February and then I will get back to you (remember, if there is interest from more than one of you, I will have to make a choice!) – and early enough so that you have sufficient time to put together the full application.

Best Wishes,

Andrew

 

Andrew T. Smith

President's Professor and Parents Association Professor

Distinguished Sustainability Scientist

School of Life Sciences

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ  85287-4501

Phone:  1.480.965.4024

Fax:  1.480.965.8330

http://sols.asu.edu/people/faculty/asmith.php

 

 

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A Collaborative European Network on Rabbit Genome Biology - RGB-Net
Wednesday, January 02, 2013

All biological fields are facing drastic redefinition and improvement of baseline knowledge derived from the tremendous amount of information coming from genomics technologies. The sequencing of complete genomes represents a prerequisite for full exploitation of the massive information generated by high throughput platforms and new approaches. Sequenced genomes will benefit zoology at all levels and several projects have been already started in this direction.

 

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Lagomorph Distributional Data Request
Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Katie Leach (kleach01@qub.ac.uk) is a PhD student of mine at Queen's University Belfast who has just started a project examining the response of the Order Lagomorpha to climate change (proposal attached for your information).

She will be constructing predictive models of change in the range of each species of Lagomorph under various climate change scenarios before further improving models by either including interspecific interactions or using focal case studies e.g. Arctic hares or Himalayan pikas.

We have obtained the IUCN ranges for the species which are polygons but want to try and obtain as much raw data for specific records as possible.

If you have any distributional data at all (records, digital maps, scanned hardcopy dot maps or whatever) for any species of Lagomorph that you are willing to share to ensure your species is adequately covered by our models I would ask that you contact Katie directly by e-mailing her anything that you feel might be useful.

If you have any queries or questions about the research please do not hesitate to contact Katie directly.

Many thanks,

 

Neil Reid

Quercus Centre Manager

Office 5.014 | School of Biological Sciences | Queen’s University Belfast | MBC | 97 Lisburn Road | BELFAST | BT9 7BL

( +44 (0)28 9097 2281 | * neil.reid@qub.ac.uk | ý www.quercus.ac.uk

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PHOTO GALLERY - 4th World Lagomorph Conference
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

While also hosted at the 4th World Lagomorph Conference web page, we are posting here the photo gallery of the conference. See photos of scientific sessions, evening events, and conference excursions below. Enjoy!

EDIT: If you'd like to see some more photos from WLC4, Pat Kelly has kidly passed along the link to his:

More WLC4 Photos

 

 

 

5th World Lagomorph Conference
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

At the 4th World Lagomorph Conference the General Assembly of the World Lagomorph Society joyfully accepted the invitation of Patrick Kelly to held the 5th World Lagomorph Conference at the California State University in Stanislaus.

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4th World Lagomorph Conference
Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The 4th World Lagomorph Conference jointly organized by the World Lagomorph Society and the IUCN Lagomorph Specialist Group was hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, the Natural History Museum Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. It was the fourth time that lagomorph scientist from all over the world came together to exchange ideas and discuss current and future trends in numerous fields of lagomorph biology and management. We were happy to welcome more than 150 colleagues from 33 countries, covering all continents except the Antarctic. This conference offered three general sessions on “Ecology, Behaviour, and Management”, “Phylogeny, Palaentology, Systematics, and Morphology” as well as “Physiology, Diseases, and Animal Production”. The conference was enriched by our plenary speakers Charley Krebs (University of British Columbia, Canada) and Lorenzo Capucci (IZSLER, Brescia, Italy). Moreover, we hosted five workshops, meetings, and roundtables on “Rabbit Genome Biology”, “Molecular Systematics and Conservation Genetics”, “Taxonomy”, “Palaeontology” and “Evolution of reproductive strategies”. In sum, the 4th World Lagomorph Conference offered a broad spectrum of current research in this fascinating mammalian taxon. Two artists endowed the conference lobby with photos and paintings of hares, rabbits, and pikas. Andrej Lissovsky provided a photoshow of several lagomorph species during the coffee and lunch breaks. We are grateful to the organizing and scientific committee for their terrific work and we appreciate the support of the Hunting Organisation of Lower Austria, the International Council for the Conservation of Game and Hunting CIC, Swarovski Optik, and the City of Vienna. With their help we had the unique opportunity to delve into detailed and fruitful scientific exchange in the course of our social programme, namely the Welcome Party in the festival room at BOKU, an evening at a typical Viennese wine tavern (Heurigen), a Gala Dinner at the Nautilus Restaurant in Vienna’s Natural History Museum, as well as two optional post-conference excursions to the Nationalpark “Neusiedler See Seewinkel” or the Rax mountain in the Viennese Alps.

 
The conference proceedings are ready to download at LagDocs.
4th World Lagomorph Conference
Saturday, June 02, 2012

 

The 4th World Lagomorph Conference is coming!

This conference brings together researchers on rabbits, hares and pikas from all continents, making it the most relevant meeting on Lagomorphs. Over 140 participants covering 28 countries have already registered in this 4th edition. All topics of lagomorph biology, management and history, will be covered either by presentations in general/topic sessions or in specific workshop and round tables.

The general assembly of the World Lagomoprh Society and the meeting of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group (LSG) will also take place at the 4th World Lagomorph Conference.

See the provisional program at the conference website.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna, Austria in the heart of Europe!

Paulo Célio Alves & Klaus Kacklaender

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PhD Research Assistantship in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Idaho
Monday, April 16, 2012

Project Description: This research assistantship is part of an NSF-funded project to examine functional relationships and tradeoffs among habitat components.  The PhD student will be responsible for evaluating thermal and security aspects of the relationships between pygmy rabbits (specialists) and cottontail rabbits (generalists) and their habitats.  Activities will include construction of thermal physical models, animal capture and collaring, telemetry, measurement of habitat components in the field, participation in studies with captive animals, quantitative modeling of habitat selection, use of GIS to synthesize habitat features, and mentoring of undergraduate students. 

This research is a collaborative effort that includes faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and postdoctoral researchers from 3 universities (University of Idaho, Washington State University and Boise State University) and biologists and managers from collaborating agencies (Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Fish & Game, US Forest Service).

Requirements:  Applicants must have an M.S. or equivalent degree in biology, ecology, wildlife, or a related field.  Strong quantitative skills, field experience, and a positive attitude are required.  A record of field-based research and communication of science (publications and presentations) also is required.  The candidate must be strongly interested in working in a collaborative and interdisciplinary team. 

Start date:  August 2012 or January 2013

Application:  Please email or send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and GRE scores (unofficial copies of both are OK), and names/contact information for 3 references to:

Janet Rachlow

Department of Fish and Wildlife Science

P.O. Box 441136

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID  83844-1136

jrachlow@uidaho.edu  (Please indicate application for PhD Assistantship in the email subject line)

Review of applications will begin on 20 April 2012 and continue until a candidate is selected.

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Two PhD studentships on Lagomorphs
Monday, December 19, 2011

Many species of Lagomorphs (hares, rabbits and pikas), particularly those withinthe same Genus (for example, Lepus) exist in mutually exclusive allopatry. Species ranges rarely overlap with sympatry tending to be a temporally transient phenomenon. Each species, in the absence of another, can inhabit the potential range of its closest geographical neighbours, but upon contact each usually retreats to its preferred optimum habitat. However, demonstrating ecological competition in the wild is notoriously difficult and is usually inferred using broad-scale biogeographical patterns of species occurrence.

This 3 year studentship aims to examine the processes which contribute to the global distribution of Lagomorphs (all 92 species) including biogeography, ecology and interspecific interactions. Ecological niche modelling will be developed to include interspecific interactions and range edge effects.

An additional element of this project will also examine the responses of the Order to climate change and their physical adaptations which contribute to their ecological niche separation. In particular there may be a focus on Arctic species and the likely impact of future land cover changes in the region.

Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast
Closing date 29th February 2012

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4th World Lagomorph Conference to be held from July 24 to July 27, 2012 in Vienna, Austria
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Dear Lagomorph Researcher,

it is our pleasure to send you the 1st announcement of the 4th World Lagomorph Conference to be held from July 24 to July 27, 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

This meeting, organized every 4 years on behalf of the World Lagomorph Society (www.worldlagomorphsociety.org) and in cooperation with the IUCN SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group (http://www.ualberta.ca/~dhik/lsg/INDEX.HTM), brings together researchers on rabbits, hares, and pikas from all continents. It provides a perfect opportunity to share up-to-date knowledge in the all fields of basic and applied science in this fascinating mammalian order.

Please register at www.boku.ac.at/wlc4 and share this announcement with your colleagues.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna!

Klaus Hacklaender & Franz Suchentrunk
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Rabbits: The Animal Answer Guide; Susan Lumpkin and John Seidensticker; Johns Hopkins University Press
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Did you know that there are more than 90 species of rabbits, hares, and pikas, rabbits' little-known cousins? And that new species are still being found? Or that baby rabbits nurse from their mothers only once a day? How about that some people brew medicinal tea from rabbit pellets? Wildlife conservationists Susan Lumpkin and John Seidensticker have all the answers—from the mundane to the unbelievable—about the world's leaping lagomorphs.
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Nuralagus rex: Giant extinct rabbit that didn't hop
Monday, March 28, 2011
(PhysOrg.com) -- On the small island of Minorca, a popular European tourist destination, researchers have unearthed an enormous fossil rabbit skeleton. A recent study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology highlights this new find off the coast of Spain. This massive rabbit, aptly named the Minorcan King of the Rabbits (Nuralagus rex), weighed in at 12 kg (26.4 lbs)! Approximately ten times the size of its extinct mainland cousin (Alilepus sp.) and six times the size of the living European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus.
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Photo of the Day. Hares, Italy. National Geographic
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A pair of hares play in the springtime in Italy’s Casentino Forest National Park.
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Lagomorphs. Hopping out of view?
Monday, January 31, 2011

In spite of their reputation as prolific breeders, nearly one in four rabbits, hares and pikas - from the order known as lagomorphs - are classified as Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Lagomorphs are considered to be ‘keystone species’, as they have an effect on the environment that is disproportionate relative to their numbers.

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Year of the Rabbit – species hopping out of view?
Monday, January 31, 2011
Celebrations begin on Thursday 3 February 2011 to mark the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Rabbit. However, as we enter this new cycle in the Chinese zodiac, conservationists are warning that, in spite of their reputation as prolific breeders, nearly one in four rabbits, hares and pikas - from the order known as lagomorphs - are classified as Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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The 85th Annual Conference of the German Society of Mammalogy
Monday, January 31, 2011
The 85th Annual Conference of the German Society of Mammalogy will be held in Luxembourg from 13th-17th September 2011. Main topics Main topics: Wildlife Biology and Mammal Conservation in Europe.
For pre-registering please send an email to dgs2011@anf.etat.lu
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Post-release GPS tracking of hand-reared Irish hare leverets
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
A novel and innovative coupling of traditional radio-tags with new GPS loggers to track hand-reared Irish hare Lepus timidus hibernicus leverets after release into the wild has been developed.
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ECM6 - 6th European Congress of Mammalogy, Paris, 19-23rd July 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The MNHN, INRA, CNRS, SFEPM, and the European Society of Mammalogy are very pleased to announce that the next meeting will be held in the heart of Paris in the Historical Botanical Garden. The aim of the conference will be to gather all forces of European Mammalogy and to update our knowledge in Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Evolution, Ecology, Biogeography, Conservation of Mammals.
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Promoting Conservation, Protecting Species
Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Chicago Zoological Society administers the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) Endangered Species Fund, which supports conservation-oriented research.
The grant attracts dozens of innovative research projects each quarter, and the most promising of these are awarded funding.

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Rabbit Genome Project
Monday, November 15, 2010

The European rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus, originated in the Iberian peninsula and is the precursor of all domestic rabbits. Humans have been hunting and eating the European rabbit for over 120,000 years, but the rabbit was only domesticated in the year 600 AD.

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Second International Congress “Problematic Wildlife: Conservation and Management.”
Monday, November 15, 2010

Given the huge success and interest aroused by the first edition of this conference, done in Montefiascone (Viterbo, ITALY) on 8-9 June 2007, after four years, it was decided to repeat this opportunity to meet and study, in view of cyclical event.

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