Seibert Award Winners for 2021
The 29th annual Seibert Awards were presented virtually at the SSAR Business Meeting held over Zoom on Aug 6th, 2021 following the 63rd Annual Meeting of the SSAR in Phoenix, AZ on July 21st – 28th, 2021. These awards are named in honor of Henri C. Seibert, an early and tireless supporter of SSAR (having served as an officer for over 20 years). Because of the unusual nature of the Annual Meeting (in-person and virtual), awards were not made in the usual categories (Physiology/Morphology, Evolution/Systematics, Ecology, and Conservation). Instead, in recognition of outstanding student presentations at the annual meeting, two awards were made for in-person presentations and one award was made for on-line presentations.
Winners: In-Person Competition
Justin Bernstein, “Muddy Systematics: The Diversity and Biogeography of Mud Snakes (Serpentes: Homalopsidae).” Co-Authors: John Murphy, Harold Voris, Rafe Brown, Sara Ruane.
Julia Joos, “Thermal Ecology and Activity Patterns of Adult and Juvenile Bolson Tortoises (G. flavomarginatus).” Co-Authors: Christiane Weiss, Scott Hillars, Donald B. Miles.
Winner: On-Line Competition
Richard Kim, “Developing Alternative Control Strategies for Invasive American Bullfrogs to Protect Threatened Giant Gartersnakes and Their Native Anuran Prey.” Co-Authors: Marissa Baskett, Sharon Lawler, and Brian Halstead
All awardees will receive a check for US $200 and a book from SSAR.