Herpetology

Herp Nation: This site combines several different herp related forums to make up one of the best herp communites on the internet. The main forum focues on field herping and produces great field herping photography from around the world. There is also a captive bred forum for the herp keepers out there.

CNAH: The Center for North American Herpetology provides a vast ammount of knowledge concerning everything related to North American Herpetology including recent and interesting publications, jobs, school oppurtunities, and grants.

SSAR: The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles published the Journal of Herpetology and Herpetological Review. Their site also contains job postsing and grant oppurtunities.

Amphibia Web: an online system that provides access to information on amphibian declines, conservation, natural history, and taxonomy.

PARC: Partners in Amphibian and Reptilc Conservation celebrated it's 10 year aniversery in 2009. is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of the herpetofauna--reptiles and amphibians--and their habitats. This organization is dedicated to all herps and focuses on the preservation of habitat.

Friends and Colleagues

Daniel M. Portik: Ph.D. candidiate at the University of California, Berkeley looking to finish up by the end of 2015. Dan and I went to high school together. However, we did not become friends until our undergraduate work at John Carroll University where we both came to love herpetology and biological research. Dan's current research utilizes a variety of herpetofaunal taxa to answer questions about African biogeography. Dan has participated in several field excursions to Africa conducting his own research as well as helping collaborators.

Donald B. Miles: my current advisor and overall science/travel extrodinaire. Miles' work involves a broad spectrum of topics including the effects of global climate change on species diversity. More information can be found on our lab webpage.

Shawn F. McCracken: I met Shawn when he was a Ph.D. candidate at Texas State University-San Marcos. His major interests include the conservation, ecology, and systematics of amphibians; with an emphasis on the effects of anthropogenic disturbance to amphibian diversity and abundance in tropical rainforests. Much of his work currently takes place in Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, one of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet. Shawn is also the the founder of the Tadpole Organization. Shawn is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Texas State University-San Marcos.

Glen R. Hood: Ph.D. student at the University of Notre Dame in lab of Dr. Jeff Feder. Glen has a interest in insect ecology and evolution, but much of his research focues on parasitoid systems.

Caitlin Gabor: Assistant professor at Texas State University-San Marcos. Her lab primarily studies behavior of Poeciliidae fish and Eurycea salamanders.

Chris Nice: Associate professor at Texas State University-San Marcos. His lab studies the evolution and ecology of butterflies and other organisms (but Butterflies are defintily the favorite). Speciation is also a common focus of his lab.

Carl Anthony: Carl is an associate professor at John Carroll University. His work deals with include kin selection, cannibalism, food web dynamics, and the roles of aggressive behavior and territoriality in competitive exclusion. He his fond on Salamanders and good music.

Chris Sheil: Chris is an associate professor at John Carroll University. He is interested in morphology and systematics of herps, with a focus of turtles. He likes good music and is in a sweet band with Dr. Anthony called Heelspliter.

Ralph Saporito: Ralph was one of my mentors during my REU program at La Selva Biological Station. At the time he was finishing his Ph.D. at Flordia International University. Currently he is an assistant professor at John Carroll University where he does very cool work with animals that sequester toxins from their prey.

Dennis K. Wasko: Graduate of Miami University, current Assistant Professor at the University of Hartford, and overall badass. He mainly studies ecology of pit vipers, the Fer-de-lane (Bothrops asper) in particular, but he is interested in other aspects of snake ecology as well. He spent several years down at La Selva Biological Station doing his disertation work.

Donald J. Brown: I met Donald when he was a Ph.D. student at Texas State University-San Marcos. Donald was looking at the influence of fire and weather of various ecosytem components, particularly the Houston Toad. Donald ventures into other areas of work and I have colaborated with him on a couple projects. He has since completed his Ph.D and recently accepted a positon at West Virginia University.

Scientific Societies and Organizations

Chopsticks for Salamanders: An organization dedicated to the conservation of salamanders and their habitat.

OTS: The Organization for Tropical Studies is a non-profit group that combines 60+ institues and universities. This organization has a variety of field stations including the La Selva Biological Station as well as the smaller but much cooler Palo Verde Research Station. This organization provides REU oppurtunites in Costa Rica and Africa. They also offer several field courses, including the famous Tropical Biology Course that tears through all of Costa Rica during the intensive 2 month program.

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation: covers tropical biology on a global scale. They publish the journal Biotropica.

ASIH: The American Society of Ichthyologist and Herpetologists hold a joint meeting annually with SSAR and the Herpetologists league. They publish the journal Copeia and also offer a few grants.

AAAS: The American Association for the Advancement of Science is a non-profit organization focused on advancing nearly everything related to science. This group also publishes one the of most respected scientific journals, Science.

Distractions

PhD Comics: Piled Higher and Deeper is an awesome online comic that details the life that comes from being a graduate student. I had seen a few here and there when I was an undergrad, but after taking a look after I spent a few months in grad school, I pretty much read the whole thing from start to finish (which I do not recomend doing unless you have nothing else to do because it took me an entire day). Highly recommend it if you have not seen it already.

xkcd: Wierd, funny, online comic that doesn't make a ton of sense unless you are a huge nerd.

The Hot Seats: My cousins badass, alternative bluegrass (for lack of a better phrase on my part) band based out of Virgina. Awesome music and equally awesome beards. They bounce around the east coast for the most part, so look them up and go see a show.