IHS 2021

July 21

Time Zone


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

                                  Join us for a socially distanced event outside. Complimentary Pre-packaged snacks, water, tea, coffee, and beer. Bagged meals                                        available for purchase. 

July 22

9:00am-9:30am           Andrew Durso, Ph.D.                                              Florida Gulf Coast University 

Remote                           That's Not a Copperhead Either! (Mis-)Identification of Snakes in a Citizen Science Challenge


9:30am-10:00am         Mark Mandica, M.S., Tobias Landberg Ph.D.       The Amphibian Foundation 

Remote                           New Routes into Herpetology: The Amphibian Foundation’s Conservation Research Bridge Program


10:00am-10:30am       Rachel Pikstein, M.S.                                      Grand Canyon University 

In-person                         Studying Morphological Selection in a Grand Invasion; How Tegu Lizards Can Teach Lessons in Evolution,

                                     Ectotherm Adaption, & Conservation


10:30am-10:50am       COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)


10:50am-11:20am       Sarah Goodnight                                           East Carolina University 

Remote                            Effects of Halipegus spp. parasite infection on vocalizations and dispersal of the green tree frog Hyla cinerea


11:20am-11:40am       Ellen Bronson, med. vet., Dipl. ACZM                 Maryland Zoo Baltimore 

Remote                           Pharmacokinetics of single and multi-dose transdermal itraconazole in the liver and skin of the 

                                     Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki)


11:40pm-12:00pm       Dr. Shailendra Singh, Arunima Singh                  Turtle Survival Alliance: India/ Wildlife Conservation Society

Remote                           Imparting River Reptile Conservation Education at Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Centre, India


12:00pm-1:40pm         LUNCH (on your own)


1:40pm-2:00pm           Hiral Naik                                                   Save The Snakes

Remote                           Assessing human-snake conflict in Hoedspruit using education tools to create awareness


2:00pm- 2:20pm          Sheri Ashley                                                 Chiricahua Desert Museum/E.C.O.

In-person                         The Chiricahua Desert Museum History and Beginnings


2:20pm-2:45pm           Adam G. Clause, Ph.D.                                   Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Remote                           Helping dragons and people: Discovery of a remarkable new lizard species facilitates applied 



2:45pm- 3:00pm         Kyle Miller Hessed                                          Hessman College

Remote                          Population biology of the Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) at a site in Maryland


3:00pm-3:20pm          COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)


3:20pm- 3:40pm         Chuck Smith, Ph.D.                                         Wofford College 

In-person                        Social Behavior in Snakes  


3:40pm- 4:10pm         Michael McFadden                                         Taronga Zoo 

Remote                          Securing the Future of Australia’s Most Threatened Amphibian Species


6:30pm-7:30pm          IHS Board Meeting (CLOSED MEETING: Board Members Only)


8:00pm-9:00pm          Memorial for Former IHS President Ken Foose

July 23

9:00am-9:40am          Heather Barrett and BFREE Staff                         Belize Foundation for Research & Environmental Education

Remote                          Inspiring the next generation of turtle conservationists in Belize: Education and re-wilding actions during a pandemic


9:40am-10:00am        Rachel Tevis                                                  Chiricahua Desert Museum

In-person                        Managing the Live Collections at the Chiricahua Desert Museum                                   


10:00am-10:30am      Jerrod G. Tynes, M.S., M.Ed. & PAS                   University of Texas North at Dallas

Remote                          Teaching Herpetology in a Virtual Environment - Preparing our next generation of Herpetologist in the world of COVID 


10:30am-10:50am      COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)


10:50am- 11:20am     Collegiate Speed Session


Remote                          Brooke Proffitt, Illinois State University: Parental Behavior in Oophaga pumilio (Strawberry Poison Dart frog)


Remote                          Calvin Schaefer, Truman State University: Habitat Use, Home Range Size, and Movement Rates in Two Sympatric

                                    Pitvipers (Crotalinae) in Far West Texas


11:20am- 11:35am     Sean Sterrett                                                 Monmouth University

Remote                          SPARCnet: A geographically and intellectually distributed network focusing on population dynamics and adaptation

                                    of Red-Backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)


11:35am- 11:55am     Kristina Chyn, Ph.D.                                        Texas A&M University

In-person                        Predictive roadkill models on native and endemic herpetofauna informed by community (citizen) science


12:00pm- 1:40pm       LUNCH (on your own)


1:40pm- 2:00pm         Gary Sipperly                                

In-person                        Managing Large Collections of Colubrids and Captive Breeding


2:00pm- 2:40pm         Michael Skibsted                                            Santa Margarita Catholic High School                                    In-person                        Effects of habitat alternation and co-occurrence with introduced red-eared sliders on a Southwestern pond turtle

                                    basking site usage in a Southern California urban creek


2:40pm- 3:00pm          Dylan Maag                                                            San Diego State University                                                       In-person                         Hybrid Field studies of Crotalus viridis X C. scutulatus population north of the Chiricahua Desert Museum



6:30pm                       IHS Dinner Sponsored by the Chiricahua Desert Museum 

                           ****Admission to the CDM and Dinner included in registration****


7:30pm-9:00pm          Special Presentation: AN EVENING WITH ROM WHITAKER

Remote                          Romulus Whitaker, is the founder of the Madras Snake Park and Madras Crocodile Bank in India. He set up the Irula Snake-catchers                                      Cooperative in 1978, Andamans Centre for Island Ecology in 1989 and Agumbe Rainforest Research Station in 2005. His                                                recognitions include the Whitley Fund for Nature Award, Rolex Award for Enterprise, Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation, Salim Ali                                    Award for Nature Conservation, and Padma Shri Award from the Government of India. Rom co-authored is the co-author of the book                                     “Snakes of India – the Field Guide”. 

July 24

9:00am-9:30am            Saunders S. Drukker                                     Texas State University San Marcos

In-person                          Creating a Functional Body Condition Index (BCI) for Montane Rattlesnakes (Crotalus): Development and

                                      Plans to Implement a BCI in Analyses of Habitat Dynamics, Diet, and Wildland Fire


9:30am-9:50am            Frank Retes                                                Goanna Ranch 

In-person                          Captive Breeding of Monitors


9:50am-10:20am          Speaker (slot has been filled)



10:20am-10:40am        COFFEE BREAK (complimentary)


10:40am-11:10am        Tim Cole                                                   Rattlesnake Preservation Trust 

In-person                          LONESTAR RATTLESNAKE DAYS: Educational and fun for the whole family without animal cruelty 

                                      and poisoning our water table


11:10am-11:40am        Michelle E. Thompson                                   Field Museum of Natural History 

Remote                            Recovery of amphibian and reptile communities during tropical secondary forest succession


11:40pm-12:00pm        Kinsey M. Brock, Ph.D.                                 University of California 

Remote                            Evolving in isolation: population divergence in an island lizard color polymorphism


12:10pm-1:40pm          LUNCH (on your own)


1:40pm-2:10pm            Justin Elden                                                  St. Louis Zoo 

In-person                          TBA


2:10pm-2:40pm           Arlene Hernandez                                          University of North Texas Dallas



2:40pm-3:00pm           Speaker (slot has been filled)    


3:00pm                        CLOSING REMARKS: IHS President                                      



*****BANQUET ***** 

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


6:00pm-8:00pm           Banquet Entertainment 


8:00pm-11:00pm         Live & Silent Auction                                           

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Special Thanks To

Bob and Sheri Ashley, Chiricahua Desert Museum - Local Hosts 

Erin Jackson- IHS Logo and T-Shirt Design 

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

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