2015 Meeting at the University of Kansas
THURSDAY, JULY 30 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2015
SSAR held its 2015 meeting on the beautiful and centrally located campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence. All scientific sessions were held in the Kansas Union, which is adjacent to the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, the setting of more than a century of research and graduate education in herpetology. This was a joint meeting with the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) events.
Featured speakers include:
- Keynote Speech by David Hillis “Evolutionary Insights from Studying Amphibians and Reptiles”
- Plenary Lecture by Harry Greene “The Life and Times of a KU Herpetologic Icon: Henry Fitch”
- Presidential Lecture by Miguel Vences “Inventory of an Imperiled Paradise: Two Decades of Herpetology in Madagascar”
- PARC Special Speaker Tyrone Hayes “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men”
Conference highlights included:
• SSAR Symposium “Bones, Frogs, and Evolution” honoring Dr. Linda Trueb.
• SSAR Symposium “Frontiers in Integrative Organismal Biology: Herpetological Horizons.”
• Reception honoring distinguished senior herpetologists.
• The Herpetological Quiz, arranged by the graduate students at UT Arlington and KU, with prizes.
• Guided tours of herpetological collections and newly renovated laboratories in the museum.
• Tour of the Fitch Reservation at the KU Biological Field Station and Reserves, led by George Pisani.
• Special presentation for the International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology featuring author Sally Haines of the KU Spencer Research Library.
• Redesigned audiovisual shows arranged by David Dennis and Eric Juterbock.
• Display of live Kansas amphibians and reptiles with photographic set-ups.
• Exploring non-academic careers in herpetology: a lunch time event for students hosted by PARC.