Dr. Ron Coleman is Professor at California State University, Sacramento and teaches courses on Ichthyology (the study of fishes), Fisheries Biology, Animal Behavior and other related topics. His specific field of study is evolutionary ecologist, which means that he tries to understand behavior in the context of the organism's whole life and in terms of how the behavior evolved by natural selection.
I am interested in cichlids from two angles, both as a scientist and a hobbyist. On the hobbyist side, it is hard to beat cichlids as entertaining and just plain interesting animals to have around. They are intelligent and curious creatures that come in so many shapes, sizes and colours that I find it hard to believe that anyone could not be fascinated by them.
Many of these same qualities of cichlids make them fascinating to me as a scientist. The sheer diversity of the family offers countless opportunities to evolutionary biologists like myself.
Cichlids, are nature's gift to the evolutionary biologist. So many questions of evolutionary biology are stifled because of the lack of diversity in many groups of organisms. For example, the North American sunfish are a fabulously interesting group of fishes and few things can match a male bluegill sunfish protecting his nest and babies. And yet, we can never answer the question of why it is the male bluegill that guards his nest rather than the female by studying sunfish. Why? Because it is the same for all sunfish. All species in the family exhibit male care so we have nothing to compare them with. This is not the case in c
Guests are always welcome at our meetings, however after your third visit we do ask that you officially join the club.
Meetings generally are at 6PM on the second Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noticed, so please check our Events Calendar.
Each meeting is attended by 25-50 people typically. The meeting starts with a welcome from our President and some business affairs may be discussed. We usually ask if there are guests present, raise your hand and tell us what kind of fish you keep!
Following business, there is a short break when you can meet other attendees, take a look at the fish that are available for sales, buy raffle tickets for aquarium goods and see the fish in our Bowl Show.
After the break, a speaker or other program is presented. We bring in speakers from all over the US and other countries. These speakers are usually an expert in cichlids or an aquarium-related topic. The talk usually lasts about an hour.
Following the talk, we announce the raffle winner and begin the auction of fish.
If you like fish or cichlids, you should come to the next meeting.
Doubletree Hotel Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515
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|Event Date||03-11-2018 6:00 pm|
|Event End Date||03-11-2018 9:00 pm|
|Location||DoubleTree Hotel Downers Grove|
The Greater Chicago Cichlid Association — GCCA — is a not-for-profit, educational organization, chartered in the state of Illinois, dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of information relating to the biology of the fishes in the family Cichlidae, with particular emphasis on maintenance and breeding in captivity. We are simply cichlid hobbyists who love cichlids.