For full details, see the press release here: Zoo Atlanta Press Release
Research, Conservation, Education
For full details, see the press release here: Zoo Atlanta Press Release
Sean Hartzell published the attached Letter to the Editor in HR 48(2). We at SSAR would like to know–what do you think? Comment on our Facebook or Twitter (@ssarherps) accounts.
Read here: Wherefore and whither the reprint?
HR June 2017, Volume 48, Number 2. Our cover features a field photo of an adult Crotalus totonacus (Totonacan Rattlesnake), photographed in Tamaulipas, Mexico by Iván Trinidad Ahumada-Carrillo. This issue is scheduled to be mailed 30 June, 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 Iván for his outstanding cover photo!
Below is a statement from the Curators of Amphibians and Reptiles at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). Please see the attached documents for more details:
“Rumors are circulating among the community regarding a recent announcement that the new White House budget does not include funding for curating the terrestrial vertebrate collections at NMNH. The curators of Amphibians + Reptiles at the NMNH have put together a brief explanation of how these proposed cuts would impact the herpetological community.”
From our friends at the Herpetologists’ League:
The Herpetologists’ League is initiating a competitive research award for assistant professors and others in equivalent positions at research institutions in memory of Raymond D. Semlitsch, a consummate field ecologist and experimental biologist who dedicated his life’s work to understanding the ecology and evolution of amphibians and reptiles. Ray Semlitsch spent the last 20 years of his career at the University of Missouri-Columbia examining ecological questions that could offer management solutions for the conservation of amphibians, and our understanding of amphibians is richer from his efforts. The Raymond D. Semlitsch Research Award will support research on the ecology, evolution, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles, with particular interest in research on contemporary questions that helps bridge disciplines and that incorporates manipulative, experimental approaches. Funding for this award was initiated by one of Ray’s early mentors in his research career, Dr. James R. Spotila. The award will be accompanied by a $5,000 research grant to be administered by the recipient’s university or equivalent research institution.
For full details, see the call for proposals at the HL website.
The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.
Message from the organizers of an American Fisheries Society symposium:
The Program Committee for the 2018 AFS Meeting has extended the deadline for abstract submission. The new deadline is March 31, 2017.
The Imperiled Species and Fish Culture Sections of the American Fisheries Society would like to extend this invitation to present at a Symposium entitled, “Captive Propagation of Imperiled Aquatic Organisms” to be held at the AFS Meeting in Tampa, FL on Aug 20-24. We are soliciting for presenters who are willing to share their successes and failures culturing any imperiled aquatic species. Below is the abstract for the symposium, which has been accepted by program organizers.
Abstract: A growing number of aquatic organisms including fishes, mussels, and crayfish, among other aquatic organisms are imperiled. To aid conservation and recovery efforts, there is an increasing use of methods to propagate these organisms in captivity to support population augmentation and reintroduction efforts and for use in experiments. Methods for spawning and rearing many species either are scattered in the literature, are in unpublished documents, or in some cases are little more than anecdotes. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together scientists, managers, and others who work with captive propagation to exchange knowledge and attempt to synthesize what is known about captive propagation of different taxa, which new methods seem most fruitful, and which areas are most in need of further research. We will solicit case histories, results of experimental studies, and reviews and syntheses of captive propagation efforts. The ultimate goal of the symposium will be to produce a published volume that will serve as a general resource for scientists and managers and which can serve as at textbook for specialized graduate courses.
Presentation Format: 20-minute time slots (15 minutes presentation, 3 minutes questions + 2 minutes for room change)
The turn-around time for this is short as usual. Abstracts are due to AFS (https://afs.confex.com/afs/20
We hope that you will come and share your tricks for conservation culture.
Register now to attend the 2017 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists!
*You will need to create a new profile upon registering this year. Your old password and username will not work.
July 12-16, 2017
Austin Renaissance, Austin, TX
Meeting information is available at
American Elasmobranch Society
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
The Early Life History Section of the American Fisheries Society
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.