44th meeting of the IHS
EASTERN TIME (ET)
7:00pm-10:00pm IHS Ice Breaker and Registration
Join us for a complimentary social event at our host hotel. Snacks and drinks available!
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
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****
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"
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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SPEAKER SLOTS ARE NOW FULL FOR 2022
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