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Herpetology Hotline Funding for Research Teaching Toolbox Pursuing a Career in Herpetology

The Herpetology Education Committee is seeking nominations for the Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology, sponsored by the American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists, The Herpetologists’ League, and the Society for the Study of Amphibians & Reptiles. The award will be given at the annual Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (JMIH) to recognize superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology. Nomination materials should be submitted to the committee chair, Whit Gibbons by March 31, 2012. For details on this award and the nomination procedure, please contact Whit or visit

Herpetology Hotline

Do you have a question about a reptile or amphibian, or about herpetology? Click here to submit your question for an expert in herpetology!


Funding for Research 

Grant agencies
Studying reptiles and amphibians takes time and resources, especially if you’re working internationally. So here are some funding sources.

There are some great funding opportunities for undergraduate researchers in Herpetology. Click here to see these resources, compiled by Kristine Grayson (Davidson College ’02) and Kristen Cecala (Davidson College ’07)

Student Awards
There are several sources of funding for research for undergraduate and graduate students. We have compiled a list of these with the organizations and deadline. Please contact the webmaster if you know of resources that are not posted here.

Teaching Toolbox
Are you teaching a course and looking for a module featuring reptiles and amphibians? Here are some resources that may help. If you have a contribution for the toolbox, please send it to Cathy Bevier
Davidson Herp Outreach
Box Turtle Connection (an e-book)
Various resources are available at the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) site, through the American Museum of Natural History

Pursuing a Career in Herpetology

Read some insight from Dr. J. Whitfield Gibbons (Savannah River Ecology Laboratory) [PDF] [DOC]

Herpetology as a Career [PDF] [DOC]
This document was written in 1985 by a committee (Drs. Henri C. Seibert, Ralph W. Axtell, Neil B. Ford, and Martin J. Rosenberg) and gives some good advice and possible jobs to pursue