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©1976–2018 International Herpetological Symposium (IHS)
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ABOUT THE

COMMITTEE

The first Symposium on Captive Propagation and Husbandry of Reptiles and Amphibians was held in June of 1976 at Hood College in Fredrick, MD. 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/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

  2. To build a community open to all individuals who are interested in reptiles and amphibians and provide a platform that fosters the exchange of ideas and information

Unlike most herpetological societies and associations, IHS does not have a voting membership. We are governed instead by an Electoral Body that consists of the members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Publication Editors and chairs of various committees. These individuals are selected from all areas of the herpetology and herpetocultural worlds. Zoologists, herpetologists and private herpetoculturists are together involved in the planning and organizing of each annual symposium.

IHS

OFFICERS

IHS President

2017-2021

Program Chair 

Jennifer Stabile
Field Projects International
San Francisco, CA

jens@fieldprojects.org

IHS Vice President

Vendor Chair

Bob Ashley
E.C.O.
Rodeo, NM

ecoorders@hotmail.com

IHS Treasurer

Grants Committee Chair

Vicky Poole
Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth, TX

vpoole@fortworthzoo.org

IHS Secretary

Collegiate Speed Session Chair

Justin Elden
St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis, MO

elden@stlzoo.org

Immediate Past President

Sponsorships Chair

Ken Foose
Exotic Pets
Las Vegas, NV

exoticpetslv@gmail.com

IHS Advisors & Program Chairs

Nancy Aulenbach- Advisor

James Badman- Advisor 

Judith Bryja- Advisor 

Myke Clarkson- Chair Videographer 

Giovanni Fagioli- Advisor 

Todd Goodman- Advisor

David Grow- Advisor 

Russ Gurley- Chair Junior/NEXT GEN Herpetologist 

Kat Kyle- Chair Social Media 

Rob Nixon- Advisor 

John Potash- Advisor

Ari Flagle- Chair Special Species Pre-Symposia 

Gerry Salmon- Advisor 

Nicole Sandoval- Advisor

Vince Scheidt- Advisor