The Ohio Valley Unified Malacologists (OVUM) is an annual one-day meeting founded by Francisco Borrero and Tim Pearce in 1997. There are no dues, officers, abstracts, bylaws or publications. It provides a friendly inexpensive forum for professional and amateur students of mollusks to share with each other their results and ideas. Participants are encouraged to present their science, but active listening and insightful questions are extremely valuable, too. Posters are also welcome. Giving a presentation or a poster are not requisites for attending.
University of Saint Francis 2701 Spring St, Fort Wayne, IN 46808
OVUM is patterned after similar meetings such as the Bay Area Malacologists (BAM) (started 1971 by Gene Coan), the Southern California United Malacologists (SCUM) (1997 by George Kennedy), Mid-Atlantic Malacologists (MAM) (1998 by Tim Pearce), and the Florida Unified Malacologists (FUM) (2009 by José Leal).
2007 Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA
2008 Cincinnati Museum Center’s Geier and Collections Research Center, Cincinnati, OH
2009 Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2011 Thomas More College Center for Ohio River Research & Education, California, KY
2012 University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
2013 Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
2014 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
2015 Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA
2016 Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY
2017 University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN
2018 Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA