The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles’ Roger Conant Grants in Herpetology are due December 15, 2017. For these grants you must be a member of SSAR, and these include funds for graduate and undergraduate research. The Herpetologists’ League’s E.E. Williams Grant in Herpetology is due 15 December 2017 and the Jones-Lovich Grant in Southwestern Herpetology is due 5 January 2018. For the latter two grants, you must be a graduate student and a member of the Herpetologists’ League.
The 8th World Congress of Herpetology (WCH8) will be held 15-21 August 2016 in Hangzhou, China. The Organizing Committee is currently inviting proposals for symposia at WCH8. Each symposium will last two hours, with eight 15-min presentations.
If you are interested in organizing a symposium, please submit your proposal via email no later than 31 July 2015 to the following e-mail addresses:
Professor Xiang Ji, Nanjing Normal University
The proposal should include:
- The title of the proposed symposium
- Names of the organizers and their affiliations
- A brief description of the theme
- A tentative list of speakers
All proposals will be evaluated by the Scientific Program Committee chaired by Professor Ya-Ping Zhang, and up to 30 will be selected based on scientific merit and the timeliness of the
topic. The selected symposium will be announced by 31 August 2015.
For more information about the 2016 congress (WCH8), please visit the website at:
Professor in Ecology & Zoology
President, Chinese Herpetological Society
Secretary General Elect, World Congress of Herpetology
Chair, Local Organizing Committee for WCH8
Nanjing Normal University, China
The SSAR is sad to announce that longtime member and Herpetological Review Section Editor Charlie Painter (1949-2015) passed away on 12 May 2015. Charlie was a well-known, respected and liked expert on the herpetofauna of the southwestern US. A full obituary will appear in an upcoming issue of Herp Review.
April 30th, 2015 is the deadline for submission to the 2015 SSAR Student Travel Awards. Please see here for more information.
I am pleased to announce that the United States Department of Defense (DoD) recently accomplished what no other department of the U.S. government has… the development of a Strategic Plan for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management on Department of Defense Lands. Endorsed on February 19, 2015 by the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, this plan is focused on amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats. Occupying just over 24 million acres, DoD has more threatened and endangered species per acre of American lands than any other federal landowner. Through this strategic plan, the testing and training capabilities of America’s military will be enhanced while simultaneously protecting the nation’s amphibian and reptile heritage.
This plan is the outcome of years of planning and efforts including members of all the military services. The endorsed version is a text document, and DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (DoD PARC) will soon complete limited copies of a printed version that will include photographs.
For updates or to be added to the DoD PARC mailing list, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and also take a moment to visit our websites at:
Lovich, R.E., C. Petersen, P. Nanjappa, E. Garcia, A. Dalsimer. 2015. Department of Defense Natural Resources Conservation Compliance Program. Strategic Plan for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Management on Department of Defense Lands. 12 pages.
The following new officers were elected for 2015:
President Elect – Rick Shine
New Board Members:
Kim Lovich (2018, Conservation)
Robin Andrews (2018, Regular)
Emily Taylor (2018, Regular)
Tony Gamble (2018, Member-at-Large)
New Committee Chairs:
Jeremy Feinberg has replaced Dawn Wilson as Student Participation Committee Chair
Jeff Ettling has replaced Marina Gerson and Ann Paterson as Membership Committee Chair
Congratulations to our new President-Elect, Board Members and Committee Chairs!
The Jones-Lovich Grant for Southwestern Herpetology is available for 2015 and awards $1000 to one student working in the southwestern US or NW Mexico. Applications are due 9 January 2015 (Friday) at 5 pm. For more information and to download the application see the Herpetologists’ League Student Awards page.