IHS 2022

44th meeting of the IHS 

June 8

Time Zone


7:00pm-10:00pm     IHS Ice Breaker and Registration 

                                  Join us for a complimentary social event at our host hotel. Snacks and drinks available!

June 9

9:00am-9:10am         OPENING REMARKS: IHS President, Jennifer L. Stabile 

9:10am-10:10am         KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Joseph R. Medelson III, Ph.D.    

                              Director of Research, Zoo Atlanta & Adjunct Professor Georgia Institute of Technology   

                                     "Snakes, Sand, and Robots"                                       


10:15am-10:45am       Mark Mandica, M.S., Director, Amphibian Foundation                           

                                     "Conservation Status Update of the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander"


10:45am-11:00am       COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)


11:00am-11:30am       Neil Ford, Ph.D., Professor Emeritis, University of Texas Tyler                                         

                              "Journeys of a Field Biologist"

11:35am-12:05pm       Rowland K. Griffin, Curator of Reptiles, Zoológico La Aurora 

                              "Conservation of the Guatemala Beaded Lizard: An International Collaboration"


12:10pm-12:25pm     Kristina Chyn, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University

                              "Amphibian and Reptile Exclusion Fence Controlled Trial Efficacies and Roadkill Surveys"

12:25pm-1:40pm         LUNCH (on your own)


1:40pm-2:00pm           Clinton S. Doak, Assistant Curator, Turtle Survival Center, Turtle Survival Alliance

                              "Conserving the 𝐶𝑢𝑜𝑟𝑎 𝑔𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑠 complex" 


2:05pm- 2:35pm          Chelsea Thomas, Amphibian Program Coordinator, Atlanta Botanical Gardens                                 

                                     "Striped Newt Repatriation Project Participation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden"        

2:40pm-3:10pm         Todd Pierson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Kennesaw State University

                             "Next-generation natural history: genetic tools for studying salamander ecology" 


3:15pm-3:45pm        Ruth Marcec-Greaves DVM PhD, Executive Officer, Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center

                             “Let’s get topical! (A minimally invasive method for using hormones to induce

                              breeding in small amphibian species)”

3:45pm-4:00pm          COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)


4:00pm-4:30pm         Cindy Steinle, Board Member, Chicago Herpetological Society; Founder, Small Scale Reptile Rescue                                                  "The good, bad and ugly, Tales of 25 years in reptile rescue"                                         


4:35pm-4:55pm         Ben Stegenga, Research Assistant, Longleaf Savannas Initiative, The Orianne Society                                      

5:00pm-5:30pm        Roger Carter, Treasurer, Hoosier Herpetological Society

                            "Searching for Hidden Herps" 

5:35pm-6:05pm      Cynthia Blankenship, Cloud Forest Animal Care Coordinator, Zoo Miami

                           "Fungus Among Us: A Case Series on the Management of Ophidiomycosis at Zoo Miami"


7:30pm-9:00pm      LIVE CheloniaCast with hosts Jason Carter, Michael Skibsted, Jack Thompson, and Ken Wang


June 10

9:00am-9:40am          Christopher Jenkins, Ph.D., CEO, Orianne Society

                                    "Emperor of the Forest"


9:45am-10:20am        Kent A. Vliet, Ph.D., University of Florida

                              "Changes in our understanding of the diversity of extant Crocodylia"

10:20am-10:35am      COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)                 


10:35am-11:05am      Dustin Smith, Curator of Herpetology, North Carolina Zoo

                              "Conservation of the Virgin Islands Boa: Past, Present, and Future"                                                

11:10am- 11:40am     Justyne Lobello, President and Founder, Georgia Reptile Society, Director of Marketing, VivTech Products

                             "The Shift in Captive Herpetoculture"

11:45am- 12:15am     Robert Mendyk, Curator of Herpetology, Audubon Zoo

                             "Multi-generational Reproductive Management of the Shingleback Skink (Tiliqua rugosa) at Audubon Zoo"


12:15pm- 1:20pm      LUNCH (on your own)

1:20pm- 1:35pm      Casey Perkins, Conservation Research Technician, Amphibian Foundation
                            "Urban Ecology Research at the Amphibian Foundation"

1:40pm- 3:00pm      Junior Herpetologist and Next-Gen Herpetologist Session 

                            - Introduction by Russ Gurley, Junior and Next-Gen Herpetologist Coordinator 

                            - Jack Knowlton (Junior Herpetologist grant recipient
                            - Thomas Clem (Junior Herpetologist grant recipient)
                            - Katie Karl (Next Gen Herpetologist grant recipient)    



5:00pm-10:00pm                                IHS Dinner and Tour at ZOO ATLANTA 

                           ****Admission to Zoo Atlanta and Dinner included in registration****

June 11

9:00am-9:45am            Elliott Jacobson, DVM, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Zoological Medicine, University of Florida                                                       "Medical Management of Large Collections of Reptiles"

9:50am-10:35am         Daniel Parker, Sunshine Serpents

                              "Diamondback Terrapins in Florida"


10:35am-10:50am        COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)

10:50am-11:20am        Alex Shepack, Postdoctoral Researcher Dept of Biology, University of Notre Dame

                               "Back from the brink: Amphibian population recoveries following epidemic declines"


11:25am-12:10pm       Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson, DVM, DABVP (Reptile and Amphibian), Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital of Georgia

                                      "Veterinary Medical Care of Reptiles and Amphibians"

12:15pm-12:30pm      Udita Bansal, PhD Student, Washington University in St. Louis

                               "Vegan or not: diet influences latitudinal gradients in life-history traits, but not reproductive output, in lizards"

12:30pm-1:40pm          LUNCH (on your own)


1:40pm-2:50pm            Collegiate Speed Session


                               Introduction by Justin Elden, Collegiate Speed Session Coordinator


                               Elizabeth Haseltine, Georgia State University

                               “Diel activity and location patterns of zoo-housed juvenile Amazon Basin Emerald Tree Boas”


                               Maisy D. Englund, Georgia State University

                               “Beaded lizards olfaction discrimination in a radial arm maze”


                               Sophia Babish & Anais Paterno, Georgia Institute of Technology

                               “Cognition in helodermatid lizards in the context of a radial-arm maze”


                               Hannah Strudwick, Georgia Institute of Technology

                               “Effects of Rotating Novel and Non-natural Enrichment on Captive Snake Species at Zoo Atlanta”

                               Stephen Falick, Sul Ross University 

                               "Studying the desert: The college experience in a herpers mecca"


2:55pm- 3:15pm          Samantha Dillon, Wildlife Technician & Charlie Abeles, Wildlife Biologist, The Longleaf Alliance

                                     "Recovery of the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander on Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area, FL"

3:15pm- 3:30pm        COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)               


3:30pm-4:00pm           Holly S. Carter, Secretary, Hoosier Herpetological Society

                              "An overview of Indigos and Cribos"    


4:05pm- 4:15pm          Bryan D. Hudson, Ph.D. Student, Clemson University     

                              "The real house-kings of Atlanta: harnessing community science data to reveal

                              rapid urbanization effects on cryptic wildlife"


4:20pm- 4:45pm        Tim Cole, Austin Reptile Services                                 

                                     "The Viral Viper of Central Texas: how the first live specimen of Crotalus ornatus from Travis County, Texas                                       became a social media sensation in 2019" 



*****BANQUET ***** 

6:00pm-11:00pm         Beer at 6:00pm, Dinner served at 6:30pm


7:00pm-8:00pm           ****BANQUET SPEAKER: WHIT GIBBONS****

                                Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia 

                                          "What Does a Retired Herpetologist Do?

                             Lingering Mysteries about Reptiles and Amphibians"


8:00pm-11:00pm       AWARDS and CLOSING REMARKS: IHS President, Jennifer L. Stabile

                              LIVE AUCTION (please bring items!)                                           

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Special Thanks To

Robert Hill, Zoo Atlanta - Local Host

Mark Mandica, Amphibian Foundation - Local Host

Erin Jackson- IHS Logo and T-Shirt Design 

Michael Smith- Author of The Wild Lives of Reptiles and Amphibians

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