HR March 2017, Volume 48, Number 1. Our cover features a field photo of an adult Coleonyx reticulatus (Reticulate Banded Gecko), photographed by Noah Fields. This issue is scheduled to be mailed 27 March, although full contents are now available online to SSAR members at https://ssarherps.org/herpetological-review-pdfs/. All Natural History Notes, Geographic Distribution Notes, and Book Reviews are Open Access and are now available for download at the same link. If you are not a member of SSAR, please consider joining the leading international herpetological society. Student and online-only rates available. Follow the “Join SSAR” link on the home page. Congratulations to Noah for his outstanding cover photo!
The Carl Gans Collections and Charitable Fund is pleased to support attendance awards to students—both graduate and undergraduate, but not postdoctoral—who are attending the XI Latin American Congress of Herpetology: Puce, Ecuador (July 24th – July 28th, 2017).
The awards are open to all students regardless of nationality who are eligible to register at the conference. You may not apply if you applied for our previous 2017 conference grants. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 1, 2017.
You may access additional information about these grants and apply online via the Gans Collections and Charitable Fund’s Grants page.
SSAR is very pleased to announce the establishment of a new endowment in support of postdoctoral fellows. These awards will assist successful applicants to attend and present their research at SSAR’s annual meetings and meet and interact with leaders in the field, which comes at a key time in their careers when they are seeking permanent positions. Awards are open to postdocs from all countries. The first awards will be made to attend the Society’s 2017 meeting as part of the JMIH event at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas, USA (July 12–16, 2017). Application deadline is: March 1, 2017.
For full details, click here.
The Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (CAAR) consists of accounts of taxa prepared by specialists, including synonymy, description, diagnosis, phylogenetic relationships, published descriptions, illustrations, distribution map, and comprehensive list of literature for each taxon. Over 900 accounts have been published since the initiation of the series in 1963. The series covers amphibians and reptiles of the entire Western Hemisphere. Previously, accounts were published as loose-leaf separates; beginning in 2013 accounts are published as on-line PDFs. All accounts are open access and now are available for free download at the University of Texas Library Repository.
Symposia are important components of the Annual Meeting. They allow researchers in a given subfield to come together and present the latest research in that area; benefit society members through interactions with symposium participants; and can result in proceedings, books, or special topic section in the Journal of Herpetology. We invite the submission of symposium proposals for SSAR at the 2018 Annual Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. The deadline for electronic submission has been extended to March 17, 2017. See the SSAR website (https://ssarherps.org/meetings/symposium-proposals/) for submission guidelines.
We are excited to announce that Journal of Herpetology has begun continuous publication, where articles are published officially online shortly after they are accepted.
The Herpetology Education Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology, which will be presented at the Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (JMIH). This award recognizes superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology, and provides student members of the North American herpetological societies the opportunity to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to herpetological education, in either the classroom or mentoring student research endeavors. Winners of the award will be encouraged to become active in the HEC, which will facilitate continuity of the HEC and maintenance of the standards by which future awards are bestowed.
Letters of nomination are due to the HEC Chair by 31 March 2017. Please see the linked document below for full details.
Full details: The Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology 2017
We are sad to announce the passing of Ermi Zhao (赵尔宓), a colleague, friend, scientist and world-renowned herpetologist, last month in December 2016. Zhao Ermi is best known as the former deputy director of the Chengdu Institute of Biology, who presided over a prodigiously productive program of new species discoveries, systematic analysis, and biogeographic explorations becoming one of the leading experts of Chinese herpetology. He is best known to western scientists as the co-author of Herpetology of China with Kraig Adler in 1993. In addition, he wrote several books on Chinese amphibians and reptiles and wrote over 140 scientific papers including several new species, subspecies and even generic descriptions for amphibians and reptiles. He became a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001 and was named an Honorary Foreign Member of ASIH in 2008. Zhao Ermi will be remembered for his curious mind, his scientific rigor and dedication to herpetology.
The holiday season is here! Without any argument, it is the best season to find a comfortable couch, a warm blanket and some chocolate brownies. Watching Game of Thrones or Netflix is indeed a great idea while snuggling up, but I’d rather watch frog documentaries. Why? Because these have taken me on an awesome trip into the world beyond mine. The movies I have listed here are inspiring, intriguing and hair-raising all at the same time. I think it is a brilliant idea to make use of the holiday season to learn something exciting while not compromising on the entertainment.
Following are five of my favourite freely available films on frogs. Take my list and just watch the documentaries below, and soak up this world that you have never imagined.
What’s it about? This is by far, my favourite frog documentary. Not only is it in Sir David Attenborough’s voice but it also tells you about every basic fact that you must know about these incredible lil’ creatures. The movie is a journey into a weird and cryptic world of frogs. It talks about their life histories, their extraordinary anatomies and their unbelievable breeding behaviours. The film shows colourful frogs from the rainforests that live high up in the canopy and glide down to the ground. It also features frozen frogs showcasing their extraordinary hibernation skills.
What’s it about? The deadly chytrid fungus that is spreading all over the world. Allison Argo, who is known for lending her voice to animals that cannot speak for themselves, has narrated and directed this movie. In her strong yet soothing voice, she stresses on the major concerns in the amphibian world. This video will take you on a roller-coaster ride and will get you thinking from the depths of your grey matter!
What’s it about? The Frogs of Sharavathi Valley and the Western Ghats of India created by my dear friends Saurabh and Ramit. The documentary shows life in monsoons in the deep forests of India. It focuses on some endangered and endemic species of frogs. The creators broadcast a colourful and psychedelic journey into the lives of lesser known frog species while stressing on their importance in the ecosystem.
What’s it about? Coyote Peterson’s adventures have always fascinated me. This is one of my favourite episodes wherein he handles a poison dart frog. (Some poison frogs have skin toxins potentially dangerous to humans, and I do not encourage anyone to do stunts that Coyote does.) In this video, he handles the Granulated Poison Frog.
What’s it about? Professor Jean-Marc Hero talks about the connections between human beings, frogs and the planet Earth. TED talks have always inspired me. And this talk is about something I truly believe in. Professor Jean-Marc’s presentation is inspiring and thought-provoking not only to students and professionals studying frogs but also to people from various other backgrounds. If any of the documentaries above have gotten you a tad bit interested in frogs, you must add this TED talk to your playlist and take a leap further in the world of frogs!
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