This is the modest beginning of Neal Foster's website, currently under construction.

American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists

Here is a link to the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. We'll soon add some pages here about the activities of the South Central Great Lakes District.

Lyme Disease

Both my wife Meredith Spencer Foster and I have chronic Lyme disease, a condition about which there is considerable disagreement within the medical community vis-a-vis "correct" diagnosis and treatment methods. It is a spirochetal infection contracted from the bite of an infected deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. Newly-released (April 1999) results of canine serosurveys conducted by scientists at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and veterinarians in southeastern Michigan show a marked increase between 1993 and 1996 in the percentage of dogs exposed to Lyme -- from 0.1 per cent to 3.4 per cent -- and suggest that Lyme disease may be an emerging public health threat in southern Michigan. This ominous development - a gradual geographic spread as well as an increased incidence of Lyme - is similar to the trend observed in many other parts of North America, including neighboring areas of the midwestern U.S. and Canada.

Here is a link to information about Lyme disease in Michigan.

Here is a link to the Lyme Disease Association of Ann Arbor, a support and study group which Meredith and I co-lead. It is the Washtenaw County branch of the Michigan Lyme Disease Association.

Here is a link to the Lyme Disease Network.

Here is a link to Dr. Joseph Burrascano's Diagnostic Hints and Treatment Guidelines for Tick-borne Illnesses. His clinical approach appears to be the most appropriate according to recent publications in the refereed medical literature.

Here is a link to the Lyme Disease Foundation.

U.S.G.S. Great Lakes Science Center

Here is a link to the U. S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center, where I was Fishery Research Biologist from 1977 to 1998 and continue to work after retirement as a part-time volunteer on certain research manuscripts and other projects dealing with the comparisons between hatchery and wild salmonids (trout, salmon, and charr species) and biology and behavior of lake trout or lake charr, Salvelinus namaycush.

Here is a link to the splendid John Van Oosten Library of the Great Lakes Science Center

University of Michigan

Here is a link to the University of Michigan.

Here is a link to the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, where I am Adjunct Assistant Professor.

Cornell University

Here is a link to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University.

Here is a link to the College's Department of Natural Resources, where I pursued graduate studies in Vertebrate Zoology (especially Ichthyology) and master's and doctoral research on the reproductive biology, ecology, and behavior of southeastern U.S. killifishes from 1959 to 1965. These studies were largely supported by grants from the National Science Foundation to Professor Edward C. Raney.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

Here is a link to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, established by Philadelphia naturalists in 1812.

Here is a link to the Academy's Patrick Center for Environmental Research, formerly called the Department of Limnology, where from 1965 to 1976, as Assistant Curator, I conducted comparative research studies on killifishes with the support of two N.S.F. grants and participated in a large number of freshwater, estuarine, and marine environmental survey studies. I also took part in three expeditions with the late Dr. James E. Boehlke to study the freshwater fishes of the Colombian llanos.

Here is a link to the Academy's marvelous Ewell Sale Stewart Library and its remarkable collection.

Orchids, Aroids, and Bromeliads

Here are three links to plant societies for the culture and study of groups of tropical and subtropical plants that I enjoy growing as a hobby.

First, a link to the Ann Arbor Orchid Society, which my wife Meredith and I cofounded in 1992.

Here is a link to the International Aroid Society.

Here is a link to the Bromeliad Society International.


Here is a link to the American Killifish Association, an international organization devoted to the culture and study of fishes belonging to the teleost fish family formerly called the Cyprinodontidae, a fairly large group of small, often highly colored, sexually dimorphic fishes. Many species of killifishes are popular among certain specialized aquarists, while other species are used as experimental fishes in ecological, physiological, developmental, or behavioral research, as test fish in contaminant bioassays, or even as baitfish by recreational fishers. I am a Life Member of the AKA and in the early 1960's designed the logo that it still uses.

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