SSAR is offering twelve awards of US $500 each to students to help defray the cost of traveling to the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, (July 6-10)due April 30, 2016. An applicant for a travel award must be a student and a current member of SSAR, must not have previously received a travel award from SSAR, and must be the first author of a paper or poster to be presented at the 2016 meeting. The application package must include: 1) a letter signed by his/her major advisor or department chair that states that he/she is not completely funded for travel from another source and, if the research is co-authored, that the work was primarily the product of the applicant; 2) a copy of the abstract that was submitted for either poster or oral presentation. The winners will be chosen at random. Winners will also be required to volunteer 3-5 hours to help with the auctions we use to help fund these awards. More information about the award can be found on it’s designated webpage. If you have additional questions, or would like to submit your application please email Vincent Farallo.
March 18th is the deadline to submit an abstract for this year’s JMIH held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 6th-10th 2016.
This includes regular symposia presentations, contributed oral presentations, posters, and 5-min lightening talks.
For more information or to submit your abstract, please click this link.
It should be noted that in order to present in New Orleans, all presenters, including symposia presenters, must register and pay for the meeting. Meeting registration is done through a separate online system accessed from the Registration Information page and requires a separate login username and password. Your username and password are not necessarily the same for the two systems. This is not required by the deadline, but is required in order to give your presentation(s).
We look forward to seeing everyone this summer in New Orleans!
Each year the Herpetological Education Committee (HEC) selects the recipient of the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology. The awardee is selected based upon outstanding and/or notable teaching effectiveness and mentoring of research students in the area of herpetology. Letters of nomination should be submitted to the HEC Chair (Scott Boback, firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 March 2016. More information can be found here.
The private foundation established by the late Carl Gans is continuing his legacy in herpetology and biology through the dissemination of his works and offering grants to students within his fields of study.
The fund has announced that it will support travel awards available to both graduate and undergraduate students who are attending any of three different meetings in 2016, two of which are herpetology focused, including the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in New Orleans, LA (July 6-10) and also the World Congress of Herpetology in Hangzhou, China (August 15-21). All students are eligible for these awards regardless of nationality. Applications can only be submitted for a single conference (ex. you can not apply for funding to attend both JMIH and WCH). Applicants must present a paper (oral or poster) at the meeting within the broad spectrum of research conducted by Gans on the biology of reptiles and amphibians to be eligible. The application deadline for both awards is 15 March 2016. See here for more information and application instructions.
Professor Gans was considered one of the preeminent specialists on the biology of reptiles and made contributions to their systematics, comparative and functional morphology, physiology, biomechanics, and behavior in over 600 publications. The fund consists of a Board of Trustees led by Leo Gans, Dr. Ronald Gans, and Eva Lynn Gans, and a Scientific Advisory Board, which is under the direction of Drs. Kraig Adler, Aaron Bauer, Amos Bouskila, Herb Rosenberg, and Linda Trueb.
The Gans Collections and Charitable Fund has recently published Gans’ Biology of the Reptilia series online, freely available at carlgans.org. The series consists of 22 volumes and approximately 14,000 pages, covering the morphology, behavior, development, ecology, neurology, and physiology of reptiles. The webpage provides the complete table of contents and index of the series, as well as direct access to the full content of every volume. The Fund hopes that access to this valuable resource will enable and inspire further study in these fields.
The 8th World Congress of Herpetology will take place August 15th to 21st 2016 in Hangzhou, China. For more information please visit the website dedicated to this years meeting or view the most recent announcement.
There will also be substantial support for students to attend this years meeting. Herpetology students from around the world are invited to apply for the WCH8 Student Support Schemes. Up to 48 scholarships are available for Full conference support (8) and Partial conference support (40). Scholarships are competitively based on academic merit; however priority will be given to students from under-represented countries.
Submit your application via email with WCH Scholarship Application in the subject heading, no later than 16 February 2016 to:
Professor Jean-Marc Hero, WCH Secretary General:email@example.com
Start 2016 doing good for amphibian research! Two days left for several of these amphibian research campaigns at Instrumentl, a science crowd-funding site, where there are currently 19 projects to choose from. To mention just a few: research on the deadly salamander fungus (Bsal) to breeding ecology in Bhutan’s Amolops to educational outreach and innovative new field techniques with frog call monitorin by cell phone for the recently descirbed Rana kauffeldi.
The abstract submission site is now open for the 2016 Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in New Orleans, LA held July 6th to 10th!
The abstract submission form and instructions are available here.
You will be required to register for the site. Once you have registered, you will get a reply with instructions on how to submit your abstract. Please read the instructions carefully, as there are some changes from last year.
The abstract submission site will close on 18 March 2016.
As has become more common at scientific conferences in recent years, there is now an option to give an oral “lightning” talk. These are 5 minute talks, 10 slides maximum, and no questions from the audience following the talk. These short form talks are ideal for presenting preliminary research or for putting out a call for data, feedback, or collaboration.
We look forward to seeing everyone in NOLA!
Would you like to contribute to SSAR but don’t have the money to spare? If you use Amazon.com you can help give back to the society every time you make a purchase! Just use this link to go to Amazon Smile which will make a small contribution to an organization of your choosing every time you make a purchase.
Once on the site you should be prompted to choose a charity. If you are not prompted you can click the link below the search bar that says “Supporting” indicated in the first screenshot below and click “Change your charity”:
After you click that link you will be taken to a page to search for organizations as is shown in this next screen shot:
Simply type “Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles” into the search bar and hit search. The search should load a page similar to the following screenshot with SSAR as the first organization listed:
Simply click “Select” and you will be supporting SSAR every time you make a purchase from Amazon! Just make sure you use the Amazon Smile link every time you shop. Amazon will normally ask you if you want to go to Amazon Smile if you attempt to use the regular Amazon site after you have selected a charity.
In honor and memory of Dr. David J. Morafka, distinguished herpetologist and authority on North American gopher tortoises, the Desert Tortoise Council, with the aid of several donors, has established a monetary award to help support research that contributes to the understanding, management and conservation of tortoises of the genus Gopherus in the southern United States and Mexico: G. agassizii,G. morafkai, G. berlandieri, and G. flavomarginatus. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 December 2015. Full details and an application form can be found here:
The Dr. Margarita Metallinou Postdoctoral Travel Award
Dr. Margarita Metallinou was a talented, up and coming evolutionary biologist and herpetologist who was tragically killed in July 2015 while doing fieldwork in Zambia. She had been scheduled to present her latest work at the SSAR meeting later that month at the University of Kansas. The suddenness of her loss has shaken the entire scientific community who lost a promising and gifted researcher as well as a vibrant role-model for aspiring female scientists. To commemorate her legacy, SSAR has launched an effort to establish a Postdoctoral Travel Award endowment in her name.
This permanent endowment will allow post-PhD students from any part of the world to attend a scientific conference in the USA, as Margarita had planned to do. They will be able to present their research at the annual meeting of the world’s largest professional herpetological society and to confer with other scientists in their field. This exposure is essential to establishing a young scientist’s reputation and can often lead to other opportunities including employment. Read more about this campaign on Instrumentl.
to support this endowment on Instrumentl
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