What is Herpetology?
a Georgia Herp.
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President: Michaela Daniel
Advisors: Dr. Michael Black and Dr. Adam Safer
- BioBlitz at Mill Creek Nature Center (5/25/14)
- Behind-the-scenes tour of the Herpetology Collection at ZooAtlanta (11/24/13)
- "The Florida Scrub Lizard: A Model Organism for Integrative Ecological Research" talk by Lance McBrayer, Ph.D. of Georgia Southern University (11/1/12)
- Hosted Dr. Joe Mendelson from ZooAtlanta to speak on the dramatic decline of amphibian populations and conservation and research efforts to protect them (4/20/11).
- Traveled to Columbia, South Carolina for the Repticon with venomous reptiles (3/12/11).
- Participated in a Boy Scout educational festival for the second year in a row to introduce scouts to live herps and the field of herpetology (3/2011).
- Collected herp locality and abundance data in a BioBlitz at Sweetwater Creek State Park to help park staff better understand and manage their wildlife resources at the park (11/14/2010). We will be returning (possibly Spring 2011) to do another assessment in a different season.
- Educated the public with hands-on displays and live animals for Fernbank Natural History Museum's Show and Tail: Geckos in collaboration with One More Generation (8/7-8/10).
- Educated the public and collected signatures against rattlesnake roundups in Georgia for Zoo Atlanta's "Saturday for Snakes" in partnership with One More Generation (7/31/10).
- Visited Dirty Fingernails Club afterschool program at Mary Lin Elementary for an introduction to the reptiles and amphibians of Georgia, practice identifying the frog calls of Georgia, and a guided outdoor herping expedition (5/3/10).
- Special reception with Jeff Corwin after his talk at Georgia State University (9/22/09).
- Visit to Mary Lin Elementary School classes to give an introduction to the reptiles and amphibians of Georgia, practice identifying the frog calls of Georgia (5/19/09).
- Trip to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island as volunteers preparing for terrapin nesting season (building artificial nests), prepping stakes for summer, and assisting with Shell-e-brate Earth Day crafts (3/3-4/09).
- Frogwatch USA amphibian
survey at Charlie
Elliott Wildlife Center. We saw a juvenile copperhead snake and
many frogs and toads. Based on audio surveys, we found Fowler's toads,
bullfrogs, green frogs, southern leopard frogs, Cope's gray treefrogs,
upland chorus frogs, spring peepers, and northern cricket frogs.
Decline Bourne Lecture at
Zoo Atlanta. Dr. Jeffrey Bonner, President and CEO of St. Louis Zoo,
Council member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Chair
of the Amphibian Ark, speaks on the global fight to save amphibians in
the Year of the Frog. (3/27/08)
- Volunteers from the
Herpetology Club participated in the 2nd
Annual Gwinnett Parks and Recreation Snake Day
held at the Dacula Park
Activity Building, next to Dacula Park. (9/15/07)
- Guest speaker Alicia
Hill talked about her experiences and research in
Costa Rica studying frog diversity on a
reforestation reserve near Hacienda Baru. (8/22/07)
Herpetology Club at Georgia State University won Outstanding Leadership
Program Award for the BioBlitz
event at the 2007 Royal Flame Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the
of Student Life and Leadership at Georgia State University. Our own
President Bridget Wynn was also a
finalist for the Student Leader of the Year Award at the Royal Flame
Awards Ceremony and was awarded Georgia State University Panther
of the Month for her campus involvement, leadership, and service in
month of March. Our Treasurer Dana Mustafa and Vice President Alex
Guile were finalists for the prestigious ACE Award.
- Brains Rule!
Event and Neuroscience Expo at Zoo Atlanta. Three thousand
visitors came to the Neuroscience Expo and 175 middle schoolers
from Renfroe Middle School came to the Brains Rule! event, and
herpetology club members volunteered to help educate
the public with the "What's Your Poison?" booth on venomous snakes and
the actions of anti-venom. Contact Dr.
Kyle Frantz to volunteer for next year. See pictures of
the Neuroscience Expo in the Spring 2007 issue of the Synapse.
- The Bioblitz
was won by Auburn University, who took home the crystal hemipene
to the AJC for coming out and reporting
on the event. This event was sponsored by Georgia State
University's Office of
Community Service and Dean
of Students (Dean
Stout) and the GSU Biology
Department. For more information on this
event, click here.
- Okefenokee Spring Break Trip
(see picture below):
The Okefenokee camping trip was the first two days of GSU's Spring
Break, March 3rd and 4th. We camped out at the Stephen Foster State
Park on Saturday and were surrounded by barred owls as we roasted
marshmallows (thanks to our friends from Campbell University
bird calls). We night herped Saturday up and down the road and along
the water's edge as frogs called. On Sunday we canoed to Billy's Island
amidst the alligators and turtles, then watched the snakes feeding and
listened to the baby alligator calls at the Stephen Foster State Park
- Field trip to Atlanta
Botanical Garden in December with talk by Amphibian Specialist Beth
Timpe and a
behind-the-scenes tour of the frog collection with amazing species
like the critically endangered lemur leaf frog. (12/15/06)
- Field trip to Camp
Thunder with Sean Graham and Beth Timpe for herp survey in December
different species found, including frogs, salamanders, lizards, a
snake, and a
turtle). We helped add to the chytrid fungus survey
currently underway by Save a
- Talk by former AHC
President and current expert-on-call Sean Graham on the reptiles and
amphibians of Georgia. (11/16/06)
- Public outreach at
the Brain Balloon
in October, where we helped with the Brain Balloon and manned the
"What's Your Poison" booth as an estimated 1,000 visitors came to see
the Brain Balloon and learn about neuroscience.