This just in from L.A.W. guest blogger Brian Folt, a great opportunity to get updated on important amphibian and reptile research and conservation in Alabama and nearby:
The Alabama Chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ALAPARC) is holding its annual meeting September 28-30 at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. For those interested in the ecology, biology, and conservation of southeastern herpetofauna, this may be an informative and fun meeting to attend. Check out the meeting website for more details. Friday and Saturday there are field outings planned to look for local animals; specifically, researchers from University of Alabama – Birmingham will be leading a search for Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin), while folks from Auburn University will be leading other (likely more exciting) adventures. There are still slots available for presentations (either talks or posters), so don’t hesitate to share with everyone about what you have been doing to study and conserve herpetofauna (Alabama or otherwise).
So far, the list of talks includes:
David Nelson – Road-kill survey of Alabama Red-bellied Turtles (Pseudemys alabamensis) on the Mobile Bay Causeway – XI
Craig Guyer – Get ready for name changes: Emerging taxonomic issues in Alabama’s herpetofauna
Andrew Cantrell – Thinking outside the box: Recycling materials for herpetofaunal research
Thane Wibbels – History of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle in the Gulf of Mexico: The biology and politics of saving an endangered species
Jimmy Stiles – Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) repatriation in Alabama
Chris Murray – Alligators in Alabama: Ecology and management of a population at Eufala
National Wildlife Refuge
Brian Folt -- The Alabama Riverfrog Initiative: Recent successes and a call to arms
B. Folt – The distribution and status of the Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) in Alabama
Scott Goetz – The natural history and conservation of Canebrake Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) in Virginia
Sean Graham -- The impacts of invaders: Basal and acute stress glucocorticoid profiles and immune function in the Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) threatened by invasive ants (Solenopsis invicta)
A number of folks have also signed up to present posters!
Sierra Stiles – Habitat use of introduced Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) in Alabama
Melissa Miller – Habitat association of snakes in Everglades National Park with implications for Alabama snakes
Kristin Bakkegard – Movement within a population of the federally-endangered Red Hills Salamander (Phaeognathus hubrichti)
Kayla Beiser – Epigenetic influences of methylation inhibitors on Dmrt1 expression in the Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta)
And I hear the organizers stocked up on great beverages for festivities. Registration ends September 14, so get on the horn, folks! Hopefully we’ll see you all there.