IHS Grant Winners

IHS Grant Winners


2012       Dustin Rhodes (University of Mississippi) – Conservation Biology         

Transpecos ratsnake study

 2012       Deb Pandey – Education

Attitudes, knowledge and awareness of snakes and snake bites  among Chitwan National Park buffer zone  people: implication for conservation and public health in southern Nepal

2013       Michelle Thompson (Florida International University) – Conservation Biology  

Diversity of amphibian and reptile community assembly in tropical secondary forest: the interaction between functional traits and environmental characteristics

2013       Kyle Hesed (University of Maryland) – Natural History

Natural History of the Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus): Sex-Biased Dispersal, Kin Selection, and Mating System

2014       Jerry Fife – Captive Propagation

Genetic Testing of Galapagos Tortoises in the Private Sector

2014       Nelson Melendez (St. Joseph’s University) – Natural History

Diet of Bog Turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii): Diet comparison from populations found in Northern and Southern New Jersey

2014       Brad Lock (Zoo Atlanta) – Conservation Biology     

Conservation Genetics and Population Surveys of Threatened Endemic Reptiles in Guatemala

2014       Shailendra Singh  (TSA/India) – Education

Promoting nature conservation awareness among urbanites of Lucknow and adjoining cities through Kukrail Guided Nature Tour (KGNT)

2015       Drew Foster (Phoenix Zoo) – Captive Propagation    

Yuman Fringe-toed Lizards at the Phoenix Zoo: Captive Propagation and an Investigation into Temperature Sex Determination in the Species

2015       Rachel Rhymer (California State University, Northridge) – Natural History         

Determining the Role of Maternal Care in an Argentinean Lizard

2015       Courtney Miller (University of New Orleans) – Conservation Biology   

Distribution of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in amphibians in a major biodiversity hotspot in Cameroon

2015       Shailendra & Arunima Singh (TSA/India) – Education

Turtles in the Schools



CAPTIVE PROPAGATION – Dr. Ellen Bronson, D.V.M., D.A.C.Z.M. and Amy Rifkin, B.S. (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore) Bioaccumulation of Itraconazole
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY 1st Place  Alexander Shepack (Southern Illinois University) Back from the brink: rebounding amphibian populations in a pathogen enzootic environment
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY  2nd Place  Kristina Chyn (Texas A & M University) Effects of roads on endemic Taiwan reptiles and amphibians
EDUCATION-  Sean C. Sterrett, Evan H.C. Grant, & Chris Sutherland (Pennsylvania State University & U.S. Geological Survey) Integrating science and society: Improving public awareness about the link between climate change and local conservation issues using terrestrial salamanders as a model system
NATURAL HISTORY  Deb Prasad Pandey, PhD (Tribhuvan University) Food spectrum of Common Krait (Bungarus caeruleus): an implication for snakebite prevention and biodiversity conservation

Captive Propagation – Ellie Milnes VetMB MRCVS & Pauline Delnatte DVM (Toronto Zoo)

A Pilot Study Using Laboratory-Raised Hematophagous Triatomine Bugs for Low-Stress Minimally-Invasive Blood Sampling of Zoo Reptiles and Amphibians

Natural History – Sophia Larsen & Adam Brandt (St. Norbert College)

Toll-like receptor gene diversity in turtles (Order: Testudines) and implications for disease resistance.

Conservation Biology – Alexandra Vlk (State University of New York – College at Oneonta)

Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) Nesting Ecology, Mating Behavior, and Genetic Diversity in Disturbed and Undisturbed

Education – Akwasi Anokye (Threatened Species Conservation Alliance)

Mitigating Human-Crocodile Conflicts: A Bottom-up Approach in the Obuasi Municipality, Ghana