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INTERNATIONAL HERPETOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM
GRANTS

The IHS has established a grant program to provide financial assistance to individuals or organizations conducting herpetological research, conservation and education. Proposals are due by April 30 of each year and recipients are announced by September. Grants are available annually in amounts up to $1,000 USD and will be awarded to applicants who projects represent a significant contribution to herpetology in one of the following areas:

Herpetological
NATURAL HISTORY

Proposals in this category should address new field research in areas such as population ecology, behavior and life history strategies of amphibians or reptiles.

Herpetological
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Proposals in this category should address new research on threatened, imperiled or a surrogate for such amphibian/reptile species, or the phenomena that taffeta the maintenance, decline and restoration of their natural habitat.

Captive
PROPOGATION

Proposals in this category should address research in captive behavioral studies or new techniques in captive maintenance and breeding of amphibians or reptiles.

Herpetological
EDUCATION

Proposals in this category should address starting and/or maintaining an educational program pertaining to amphibians or reptiles at a facility available to the public, such as a zoological park, school or community center.

APPLICATION
INFORMATION

The total number of grants awarded is dependent upon the balance of the dedicated grant fund during any given year. The IHS Grant Fund is made available through the fundraising efforts of our annual silent auction and dedicated donations. Over $18,000 has been provided to worthwhile projects since 2012.

Applicants may be anyone from the herpetological community, both public and private. Recipients must agree to the following conditions of acceptance:

  • Recipients will be required to present their findings at a future symposium, either in person or via poster, at their own expense.

  • Information gained from the project must be made available to the public.

  • IHS, Inc. must receive a summary or final report by the dates indicated. Include a summary of project objectives or methods used, conclusions, recommendations and a statement of expenses.

  • IHS will be acknowledged as a sponsor in any printed materials produced as a result of the project. A copy of the IHS logo can be made available upon request.

  • All research must abide by all local, state and federal laws, and any research involving live animals must adhere to regulations listed under the USDA Animal Welfare Act.

  • IHS grants do not pay for overhead of any kind.

Please download the following PDF for application information:

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JAN. 1, 2020

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED BEGINNING

IHS GRANT
RECIPIENTS

2019

Edgardo Griffith & Robert Hill (Fundación EVACC, Panama)

CAPTIVE PROPOGATION

Outfitting a new captive-breeding facility for critically endangered Panamanian amphibians

Sarah Goodnight (East Carolina University)

NATURAL HISTORY 

Effects of Halipegus spp. parasite infection on vocalizations and intraspecific communication in the green

tree frog Hyla cinerea

Erika Kubisch (Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina)

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Pomona aqueduct: Deadly trap and geographic barrier for the Argentine Land Tortoise. Mitigation proposals

Clement Sullibie Saagulo (Threatened Species Conservation Alliance, Ghana)

EDUCATION

Saving the Vulnerable West African Dwarf Crocodile from Urban Extinction in the Kumasi Metropolis,

Ghana

2018

Kinsey M. Brock (University of California, Merced) 
NATURAL HISTORY

Causes and consequences of color polymorphism in an endemic island lizard

Adam G. Clause (University of Georgia) 
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Dragons in the mist: Species discovery and cloud forest conservation in a biodiversity hotspot

Arun Kanagavel (Conservation Research Group, Kochi)
EDUCATION
Busting the myth of consumption of threatened chelonians for curing hemorrhoids in Kerala, India

2017

Sophia Larsen & Adam Brandt (St. Norbert College) 
NATURAL HISTORY

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

Alexandra Vlk (State University of New York, College at Oneonta) 
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Wood turtle (Gylptemys insculpta) nesting ecology, mating behavior and genetic diversity in disturbed and undisturbed habitats

Ellie Milnes & Pauline Delnatte (Toronto Zoo) 
CAPTIVE PROPAGATION

A pilot study using laboratory-raised hematophagous triatomine bugs for low-stress minimally-invasive blood sampling of zoo reptiles and amphibians

Akwasi Anokye (Threatened Species Conservation Alliance)
EDUCATION
Mitigating human-crocodile conflicts: A bottom-up approach in the Obuasi municipality, Ghana

2016

Deb Prasad Pandey (Tribhuvan University)

NATURAL HISTORY

Food spectrum of common krait (Bungarus caeruleus): An implication for snakebit prevention and biodiversity conservation

Alexander Shepack Southern Illinois University)

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY – 1st PLACE

Back from the brink: Rebounding amphibian populations in a pathogen enzootic environment

Kristina Chyn (Texas A&M University)

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY – 2nd PLACE

Effects of roads on endemic Taiwan reptiles and amphibians

Ellen Bronson & Amy Rifkin (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore)

CAPTIVE PROPAGATION

Bioaccumulation of Itraconazole

Sean C. Sterrett, Evan H.C. Grant & Chris Sutherland (Pennsylvania State University & U.S. Geological Survey)
EDUCATION
Integrating science and society: Improving public awareness about the link between climate change and local conservation issues using terrestrial salamanders as a model system

2015

Rachel Rhymer (California State University, Northridge)

NATURAL HISTORY

Determining the role of maternal care in an Argentinean lizard

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

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

Shailendra & Arunima Singh (TSA/India)

EDUCATION

Turtles in the schools

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

Brad Lock (Zoo Atlanta)

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Conservation genetics and population surveys of threatened endemic reptiles in Guatemala

Jerry Fife 

CAPTIVE PROPAGATION

Genetic testing of Galapagos tortoises in the private sector

Shailendra Singh (TSA/India)

EDUCATION

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

2013

Kyle Hesed (University of Maryland)

NATURAL HISTORY

Natural history of the Red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereous): Sex-biased dispersal, kin selection and mating systems

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

2012

Dustin Rhodes (University of Mississippi)

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Transpecos ratsnake study

Deb Pandey

EDUCATION

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