INTERNATIONAL HERPETOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM
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:
Proposals in this category should address new field research in areas such as population ecology, behavior and life history strategies of amphibians or reptiles.
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.
Proposals in this category should address research in captive behavioral studies or new techniques in captive maintenance and breeding of amphibians or reptiles.
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.
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 $24,000 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:
APRIL 30, 2021
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL
Heidi Ross & Kevin Barrett (Fundación EVACC, Panama)
Design, fabrication, and testing of mesocosms for the reintroduction of endangered Panamanian amphibians
Dr. Julia Riley (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Scaly sociality: investigating family living in armadillo lizards
Prakash Chandra Aryal & Chandramani Aryal (Environment, Protection, and Study Center, Nepal)
Trapped in the Anthropogenic landscape: conservation status of critically endangered Elongata tortoise at Bara district, Nepal
Hiral Naik (Save the Snakes, South Africa)
Assessing human-snake conflict in rural areas: the use of education tools to create awareness
Edgardo Griffith & Robert Hill (Fundación EVACC, Panama)
Outfitting a new captive-breeding facility for critically endangered Panamanian amphibians
Sarah Goodnight (East Carolina University)
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)
Pomona aqueduct: Deadly trap and geographic barrier for the Argentine Land Tortoise. Mitigation proposals
Clement Sullibie Saagulo (Threatened Species Conservation Alliance, Ghana)
Saving the Vulnerable West African Dwarf Crocodile from Urban Extinction in the Kumasi Metropolis,
Kinsey M. Brock (University of California, Merced)
Causes and consequences of color polymorphism in an endemic island lizard
Adam G. Clause (University of Georgia)
Dragons in the mist: Species discovery and cloud forest conservation in a biodiversity hotspot
Arun Kanagavel (Conservation Research Group, Kochi)
Busting the myth of consumption of threatened chelonians for curing hemorrhoids in Kerala, India
Sophia Larsen & Adam Brandt (St. Norbert College)
Toll-like receptor gene diversity in turtles (Order: Testudines) and implications for disease resistance
Alexandra Vlk (State University of New York, College at Oneonta)
Wood turtle (Gylptemys insculpta) nesting ecology, mating behavior and genetic diversity in disturbed and undisturbed habitats
Ellie Milnes & Pauline Delnatte (Toronto Zoo)
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)
Mitigating human-crocodile conflicts: A bottom-up approach in the Obuasi municipality, Ghana
Deb Prasad Pandey (Tribhuvan University)
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)
Bioaccumulation of Itraconazole
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
Rachel Rhymer (California State University, Northridge)
Determining the role of maternal care in an Argentinean lizard
Courtney Miller (University of New Orleans)
Distribution of the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in amphibians in a major biodiversity hotspot in Cameroon
Drew Foster (Phoenix Zoo)
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)
Turtles in the schools
Nelson Melendez (St. Joseph's University)
Diet of bog turtles (Glyptemys muhlenbergii): Diet comparison from populations found in northern and southern New Jersey
Brad Lock (Zoo Atlanta)
Conservation genetics and population surveys of threatened endemic reptiles in Guatemala
Genetic testing of Galapagos tortoises in the private sector
Shailendra Singh (TSA/India)
Promoting nature conservation awareness among urbanites of Lucknow and adjoining cities through Kukrail Guided Nature Tour (KGNT)
Kyle Hesed (University of Maryland)
Natural history of the Red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereous): Sex-biased dispersal, kin selection and mating systems
Michelle Thompson (Florida International University)
Diversity of amphibian and reptile community assembly in tropical secondary forest: The interaction between functional traits and environmental characteristics
Dustin Rhodes (University of Mississippi)
Transpecos ratsnake study
Attitudes, knowledge and awareness of snakes and snakebites among Chitwan National Park buffer zone people: Implication for conservation and public health in southern Nepal