Ten awards of US $500 each are available to students to help defray the cost of traveling to the 2018 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in Rochester, New York (July 11th-15th). For full details, see here.
Now available! – SSAR’s massive (926 pp.) new Facsimile Reprint of the works of Giorgio Jan, featuring the 300 snake plates of the Iconographie des Ophidiens (1860-1881) and 168 pages of new text and commentary by Jay Savage and Roy McDiarmid. You can purchase this exciting new publication in our bookstore through WildApricot here.
For full details, download the advertisement here: The Herpetological Contributions of Giorgio Jan (1791-1866)
The Herpetology Education Committee (HEC) seeks nominations for the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology to be presented at the 2018 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists in Rochester New York. This award recognizes superior teaching and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology, and provides student members of ASIH, HL, and SSAR the opportunity to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to herpetological education. The award recipient will receive US $500, an official letter, and a plaque from the HEC.
For full details, see the call for proposals here.
Please tell your graduate students about this grant opportunity. The Jones-Lovich Award in Southwestern Herpetology from the Herpetologists’ League is due Friday Jan 5, 2018 at 5 pm PST. One award will be given to fund $1000 for graduate research on any amphibian or reptile from the Southwestern US or Northwestern Mexico. Students that wish to apply must be HL members for 2018; they can join by going to http://herpetologistsleague.org/. Award requirements and cover sheet are here. Contact Carol Spencer email@example.com for more information if needed.
HR December 2017, Volume 48, Number 4. Our cover features a field photo of an Osteolaemus osborni (Congo Dwarf Crocodile), photographed in Odzala-Kokoua National Park (Republic of Congo), by Matej Dolinay.
This issue is scheduled to be mailed 29 December, although full contents are now available online to SSAR members at https://ssarherps.org/
SSAR is pleased to announce that it will provide funds for selected junior and senior high school students to attend the 2018 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Applications are due on March 15th, 2018. For more information, see the following form: SSAR_Student_Meeting_Support.
SSAR is seeking volunteer social media interns to help manage our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Are you a pro at finding the most important herpetological news online? Do you love to retweet the latest, greatest publications in the field? Are you looking for a way to give back to SSAR? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology (Announcement)
Presented by the Herpetology Education Committee
Sponsored by: American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (ASIH), The Herpetologists’ League (HL), and the Society for the Study of Amphibians & Reptiles (SSAR)
The Herpetology Education Committee (HEC) seeks nominations for the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology to be presented at the 2018 Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists in Rochester New York. Nominees must be current members of at least one of the sponsoring societies. Current Officers and Committee Chairs of ASIH, HL or SSAR, and members of the HEC are not eligible for nomination.
This award recognizes superior teaching and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology, and provides student members of ASIH, HL, and SSAR the opportunity to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to herpetological education. The award recipient will receive US $500, an official letter, and a plaque from the HEC.
Nominees should have a reputation among their peers and students for excellence in herpetological education, including, but not limited to:
1. Demonstrated highly effective and innovative teaching in the classroom and/or other education settings (e.g., zoological parks, aquaria, museums, field stations, environmental centers).
2. Superior mentoring of students in herpetology, as evidenced by student testimonials and placement of students in professional positions related to the field of herpetology.
The nomination packet (submitted as a single electronic PDF) should include the following:
1. A nominating letter highlighting the nominee’s experience and accomplishments (limit 3 pages).
2. Evidence in support of the nomination
a. Letters of recommendation from two current or former students addressing the teaching and mentoring skills of the nominee.
b. Letters of recommendation from two professional peers who are qualified to review the merits of the nominee with respect to teaching and mentoring skills.
Nominations will be accepted from current or former students of the nominee and must be received by the HEC Chair by 31 April for consideration. Incomplete nominations will not be reviewed.
Nominations will remain active for three years. After that, the nominee must wait six years before being eligible again.
Send electronic nomination files, including all letters, as a single PDF to:
Lynn Haugen, HEC Chair
Department of Natural Sciences
Western New Mexico University
PO Box 680
Silver City, NM 88062
HR September 2017, Volume 48, Number 3. Our cover features a field photo of an adult male Geoemyda spengleri (Black-breasted Leaf Turtle), photographed on Hainan Island, China, by Jeffrey E. Dawson. This issue is scheduled to be mailed 29 September. Congratulations to Jeffrey for his outstanding cover photo!
Members can now download the full edition here, and the full table of contents will be uploaded soon. All Natural History Notes, Geographic Distribution Notes, and Book Reviews are Open Access and are now available for download at the same link–for both members and non-members. If you are not a member of SSAR, please consider joining the leading international herpetological society. Student and online-only rates available. Follow the “About SSAR” and “Membership Information” links at ssarherps.org.