Login

Join GCCA

Subscription Plans

Individual Member

Single (Adult or Minor with sponsor).

 

 

Why you should join?

  • Monthly Meetings featuring expert speakers (10 per year)
  • Participation in our Breeders Award and CARES programs
  • Priority registration for Swap Meets (5 per year)
  • Ability to buy fish at our Rare Fish Auction (2 per year)
  • Participation in Bag Exchanges (during Covid)
  • Members-only events such as Holiday Party, Picnic, hobby tours and more
  • Our award-winning website which includes hundreds of articles, a cichlid classifieds allow you to find local fish for sale and special members-only sections
  • Show your support for the top cichlid club in the USA
Duration: 1 Year
Price: $20.00
Family Member

Family (Spouses and children under the age of 18 & all under one roof) - roommates, relatives, in-laws, adult siblings, etc will need to get individual memberships

Single (Adult or Minor with sponsor).

Why you should join?

  • Monthly Meetings featuring expert speakers (10 per year)
  • Participation in our Breeders Award and CARES programs
  • Priority registration for Swap Meets (5 per year)
  • Ability to buy fish at our Rare Fish Auction (2 per year)
  • Participation in Bag Exchanges (during Covid)
  • Members-only events such as Holiday Party, Picnic, hobby tours and more
  • Our award-winning website which includes hundreds of articles, a cichlid classifieds allow you to find local fish for sale and special members-only sections
  • Show your support for the top cichlid club in the USA
Duration: 1 Year
Price: $25.00
Lifetime Member

Lifetime Member

A Lifetime Memebership entitles you to all the benefits of GCCA for your entire life. 

Single (Adult or Minor with sponsor).

Why you should join?

  • Monthly Meetings featuring expert speakers (10 per year)
  • Participation in our Breeders Award and CARES programs
  • Priority registration for Swap Meets (5 per year)
  • Ability to buy fish at our Rare Fish Auction (2 per year)
  • Participation in Bag Exchanges (during Covid)
  • Members-only events such as Holiday Party, Picnic, hobby tours and more
  • Our award-winning website which includes hundreds of articles, a cichlid classifieds allow you to find local fish for sale and special members-only sections
  • Show your support for the top cichlid club in the USA
Duration: Lifetime
Price: $500.00

GCCA Meeting: April

GCCA Meeting: April

Dr. Sam Borstein presents "The Science of Cichlids"

About the Talk

Sam’s talk will discuss two different projects that use cichlids to better understand two major concepts thought to promote speciation and generate diversity in fishes. One such concept is adaptive radiation, which is the rapid speciation and ecological diversification from a common ancestor. Cichlids have commonly undergone adaptive radiation (the cichlids of Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria being some examples). Another major concept is key-innovation. Key-innovations are traits that are thought to lead to the evolutionary success of organisms that possess them. One such example of a key-innovation are the pharyngeal jaws, which all cichlids possess and are thought to have promoted cichlid speciation via dietary specialization. Sam will discuss cutting-edge ways (such as genomics, microCT scanning, and large eco-evolutionary studies) that his research group addresses questions around these concepts and how they help in understanding the pathways that have led to the staggering diversity of cichlid fishes.

About the Speaker

Sam Borstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Texas State University in San Marcos. Sam’s research focuses on better understanding the ecological and evolutionary factors that have led to the stunning diversity of fishes and has allowed them to become the most diverse group of vertebrates. Although Sam’s research broadly addresses the global diversity of fishes, much of his work focuses on cichlid fishes as a model to understand ecological and evolutionary processes. Sam's research has taken him to Costa Rica and Suriname to collect fishes. Sam’s blog about his research and fish can be reached at fish4thought.wordpress.com.fish4thought.wordpress.com.

GCCA Meeting Agenda

Times are approximate.

  • 5:30PM - Pizza and Beverages. Limit 2 slices per member
  • 6:00 PM - President Jason Libasci offers his opening remarks and business meeting (20 minutes + break)
  • 6:30 PM Speaker (1 hour)
  • 7:30 PM Regular Meeting Auction of fish and BAPs

Guests are welcome!

All guests are welcome, but if you attend more than twice we ask that you Join or Renew Membership in our club.

Meeting Location

Chicago Hilton Northbrook
2855 Milwaukee Ave, Northbrook, IL 60062
Map and Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/jhan4BvCgttD64ms8

Event Properties

Event Date 04-14-2024 5:30 pm
Event End Date 04-14-2024 9:00 pm