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Frank L. Pezold III – retired from aqua

I must thank Frank L. Pezold III, for his great work during the last two years for aqua, and especially because he made it again possible for this strict peer-reviewed scientific journal to be even more respected an appreciated by the international Ichthyologic community.
Frank has committed himself for an intensive university research program and must retire from aqua, just at the end of aqua’s 20th successful year of publishing, from the very beginning for any author to have their colour photos – up to an almost unlimited number  – for free. In this respect aqua was a pioneer in scientific journals.
With Frank, another very hard working and worldwide respected scientist, departs from our journal, in the order of top people having given all they could to make this journal what it is today. And we must feel honoured and are a little proud of having had some of the best ichthyologists working with and for aqua. Without the late Keith Bannister, first scientific editor, followed by Walter Ivantsoff, Friedhelm Krupp and Helen Larson, aqua would have never been able to be among the top scientific journals.
Frank who is Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) (since 2006) has also been a Research Associate of the American Museum of Natural History since 2005.  His lab focuses on the diversity, evolution and conservation of fishes with an emphasis on gobioid fish systematics. He and his students conduct fieldwork in the US, and many other parts around the globe and his current projects include: 1) population structure of amphidromous fishes of Micronesia, 2) evolution and systematics of the gobiid genera Ctenogobius, Oxyu­rich­thys, Sti­pho­don and Sicydium, as well as the crypto­benthic Pacific coral reef fish community ecology and evolution, 3) ecological speciation and adaptive radiation of gobies, 
4) cryptic speciation in African freshwater sleepers (Eleotridae: Kribia), and 5) conservation genetics of California desert fishes. And Frank’s recent publications have appeared in Zootaxa, Biolo­gy of Fishes, Journal of Natural History, in aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, in Fishes of the freshwaters of the lower Guinea ichthyogeographical province: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo Brazzaville. G. Teugels, M. Stiassny and C. Hopkins eds., in the Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, in Copeia and elsewhere.
I look forward to find out more on his future work, and count on his cooperation of the monograph 
of the Gobioid Fishes of the World with Doug Hoese and Helen Larson and myself. The entire team of aqua, wishes Frank the very best for his upcoming projects and sincerely “Thank you very much” again, for your hard work, every one appreciated it very much.
Heiko Bleher

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