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About the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

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SSAR, a not-for-profit organization established to advance research, conservation, and education concerning amphibians and reptiles, was founded in 1958. It is the largest international herpetological society, and is recognized worldwide for having the most diverse program of publications, meetings, and other activities.

The SSAR Conservation Committee brings conservation issues that affect reptiles and amphibians to the attention of state and federal government agencies, non-government organizations, and herpetologists worldwide. The committee serves as a liaison between the SSAR and public and private groups to provide expert advice, factual knowledge, and educational information about problems confronting amphibians and reptiles, including habitat protection, endangered, threatened, and special concern species, commercial and private use, contaminants, and priorities for conservation-oriented research.

The committee coordinates SSAR responses to proposed national and international legislation and other conservation matters involving reptiles and amphibians. Official responses are submitted for approval by the President and Secretary before public release. Chair submits annual report to Secretary prior to the annual meeting of the Board.

The SSAR also supports numerous grants programs, international exchanges and internation cooperative efforts for study and publications.

If you would like to become a member or become more involved in the activities of the SSAR, please see the membership or contacts page for further information.


What's New at SSAR
2013 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

The Albuquerque Convention Center in New Mexico will be hosting the 2013 Joint meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists from 10-15 July. The deadline to submit Abstracts is 31 March 2013.

Click here to be taken to the official JMIH page

Student Mentorship at JMIH 2013

Attention Student Members! Would you like to have help making the most of attending the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH, Albuquerque, July 10-15, 2013)?

SSAR will be continuing a mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students for whom Albuquerque will be their first national meeting.

Mentors will be advanced graduate students who have attended JMIH in previous years and who can orient you to the meeting, help make introductions, and enhance your overall meeting experience.

If this is your first meeting, we invite you to apply for a graduate student mentor. We are also accepting applications from graduate students who would be willing to serve as mentors. Applications for both will be accepted during meeting registration.

For more information, please contact kristinekaiser@gmail.com.

Online version of Scientific and Standard English Names

Fresh on the WWW as of 31 March 2011, you can now go online and see the most updated version for the listing of Reptiles and Amphibians of North America north of Mexico! Dates are presented for most recent changes, stay up-to-date with the official herpetological taxonomy

Scientific and Standard English Names!!!


New Student Mentorship Program

**Applications are now closed for this program; current applicants will be notified shortly with details about the mentorship program at the 2012 WCH**

SSAR will be introducing a mentorship program for undergraduate and graduate students for whom the World Congress of Herpetology (Vancouver, August 8-14, 2012) will be their first national or international herpetology meeting. Mentorship positions will be limited to seven applicants, chosen at random, with the expectation that this program will be expanded in future years. Mentors will be advanced graduate students who have attended international herpetology meetings in previous years and who can orient you to the meeting, help make introductions, and enhance your overall meeting experience.

If this is your first meeting, we invite you to apply for a graduate student mentor. Applications will be accepted during meeting registration. For more information, please contact kristinekaiser@gmail.com.


Succesful JMIH conference, 2011

Thanks to everyone who was able to donate to the auctions and attend the conference, lots of great presentations and good times were had

Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology announced in order to recognize individuals with superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology. Please see the Herpetological Education page for more information.


CONGRATULATIONS to the JOURNAL OF HERPETOLOGY for being Ranked Among the Top 100 Journals in Biology and Medicine in the Past 100 years!.
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Interested in becoming a herpetologist? Have a herpetological interest but need a bit of direction? General inquiries about herps? This HERE is your link to some helpful websites and some insightful information from those advancing the field of herpetology! Check it out, get acquainted, and get your feet wet in an incredible and fun field!

The authoritative resource for the scientific and vernacular English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding, Sixth Ed. is now available for download.. FREE, go to the following Link for more information and access to the PDF.

Considerations and Recommendations for Raising Live Amphibians in Classrooms, SSAR’s response to a recent article in Science and Children, Download the article here as a PDF

"Urban Herpetology" (Volume 3 in the Herpetological Conservation Series) has been nominated for a Wildlife Society Outstanding Book Award and editors - Joseph Mitchell, Robin Jung Brown and Breck Bartholomew - have been nominated for the Outstanding Editorship Award. See following PDF for a cover of the book! Urban Herpetology




   
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