About IHS

International Herpetological Symposium (IHS)

41 years have passed since the First Annual Symposium on Captive Propagation and Husbandry of Reptiles and Amphibians was held in July 1976, at Hood College in Fredrick, Maryland. The International Herpetological Symposium (IHS) evolved from this meeting. The mission of the IHS is to provide a forum for the dissemination of information and results of such research pertaining to the natural history, conservation biology, and captive management and propagation of amphibians and reptiles.

Each year the IHS is held in a different location and is hosted by a Zoological, Herpetological, or Herpetocultural institution.

The purpose of the IHS is twofold, (1) to provide a yearly symposium for the dissemination of information and research pertaining to the natural history, conservation biology, captive management, and propagation of amphibians and reptiles, and (2) the publication of such information. This publication is now available, for free, on this website under Proceeds. Unlike most herpetological societies or associations, IHS does not have a voting membership, but an Electoral Body. That body consists of the members of the Board of Directors, the Advisory Council, Publication Editors, and Chairs of various committees. These individuals are selected from all areas of herpetology and herpetoculture. Zoologists, herpetologists, and private herpetoculturists are all involved in planning and organizing the annual symposia.

IHS Officers

IHS President

Jennifer Stabile
Field Projects International
San Francisco, CA

IHS Vice President

Bob Ashley
Rodeo, NM

IHS Treasurer

Vicky Poole
Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth, TX

IHS Secretary

Justin Elden
St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis, MO

Immediate Past President

Ken Foose
Exotic Pets
Las Vegas, NV
David Grow
Kat Kyle
John Potash
Nancy Aulenbach
Russ Gurley
Gerry Salmon
Rob Nixon

IHS Advisors & Program Chairs

Myke Clarkson
Todd Goodman
James Badman
Giovanni Fagioli
Judith Bryja
Vince Scheidt
Nicole Sandoval