THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University biology professor Dr. Chris Bonvillain has been appointed to the executive board for the International Association of Astacology.
The astacology — the study of crawfish — executive board is made up of people who represent the crawfish farming industry, academia and state and government organizations from more than 40 countries.
“I am honored to serve on the IAA Executive Board and represent the United States and Southern U.S. crawfish,” said Dr. Bonvillain, who is one of only two appointed board members from the U.S.
“This shows that Nicholls biology faculty are involved in research that is important to our state,” said Dr. Quenton Fontenot, Nicholls biological sciences department head. “The fact that Chris is recognized by this international appointment confirms that Nicholls is recognized as a leader in crawfish research.”
The aim of the IAA is to encourage the scientific study, conservation and wise use of crawfish. The board works to maintain the organization objectives and provide expert comments and opinions on matters pertaining to crawfish worldwide. The board consists of four elected positions and seven members who are appointed by the board’s president.
The board meets every two years at the International Association of Astacology Symposium, with this year’s meeting having been in Pittsburgh. The next meeting will be in the Czech Republic in 2020.