SSAR’s RENOWNED AUDIOVISUAL SHOWS
NOW ONLINE FOR SOCIETY MEMBERS TO ENJOY
Thousands of herpetologists since 1979 have seen one or more of SSAR’s famous AV productions, beginning with “Amphibians of the Appalachians.” These shows have been enjoyed over and over again at the society’s annual meetings and, beginning in 1989, at the world congresses of herpetology. These shows have continued to be revised and technologically upgraded over the years, but many herpetologists have never had an opportunity to see them. Until now!
SSAR has just placed the three shows on this website, with the aid of the Gans Collections and Charitable Fund, so that all society members can enjoy them again and again. Login below for details about each program and how to view the shows.
SSAR’s AUDIOVISUAL PROGRAMS
Currently we present the following past slideshows with descriptions following. Each show is 25–30 minutes long. More to come!
Amphibians of the Appalachians
This show—created by David M. Dennis for the 1979 SSAR annual meeting where he was assisted by J. Eric Juterbock—depicts a full year in the lives of the salamanders and frogs of the Appalachian Mountains of eastern North America. The photography, all done in the field, Illustrates the large species diversity and spectacular landscapes. Later, Dennis and Juterbock went into the field to re-photograph the entire show over several years using modern digital methods. Version B was made for the benefit of overseas audiences, but the Latin names will be of use to anyone not familiar with the Appalachian herpetofauna.
Herpetologists Past and Present
This show, which features the herpetologists of the world, was commissioned by SSAR as part of its 25th anniversary celebration in 1982. Kraig Adler wrote the script and collaborated with David M. Dennis in creating the show. J. Eric Juterbock assisted in later revisions. The show is in two parts: (1) The herpetologists of the past, all deceased, the distinguished group of people who founded and developed our discipline, and (2) the current generation of herpetologists, perhaps not so distinguished-looking but very lively indeed! The change in the background music marks this difference in their appearance and style of work.
This show focuses on species of amphibians and reptiles that are named for people. Some of these names are obvious, but others are not. The images are organized like a quiz: first, a photo or two of the animal appears, then comes a portrait of the person after whom the species was named, followed by a short pause to see if the viewer can guess the names of the species and person before the details are revealed. The show was written by Kraig Adler and technical collaboration was provided by David M. Dennis and J. Eric Juterbock.
A new program in production: Herps of the Great American West
For many years now, David M. Dennis and J. Eric Juterbock have made photographic excursions throughout the American West, supported by SSAR, to create a new herp-themed show that will debut at the society’s 2021 meeting at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Following that showing, the new show will be posted on this website for all SSAR members to enjoy.