Herp Night!

This semester Bob, Amber Wright, and I are reviving a tradition of having a Herp Night once a month during the semester. This basically involves getting together people from around Honolulu who are interested in reptiles and amphibians and having someone give a seminar, followed by discussion. It’s a good opportunity to bring the local herp community together and chat about our favorite organisms. Last month we had Robert Fisher of the USGS give a talk on his work with Fijian Iguana conservation. They are doing some really cool work documenting iguana biodiversity and their distributions, as well as some serious on the ground conservation work to help preserve these species. You can read a bit more about that here. This month was my first chance to give a Herp Night talk. We had a great turnout last week, thanks to everyone for showing up! It was fun to get to talk about my research on sun skinks, and more generally about the history of herpetology in the Philippines. Looking forward to next month. I am working with Molly Hageman (collections manager at the Bishop Museum) and several folks at the Honolulu Zoo so that we can try and rotate the event between venues in the future. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in getting involved or giving a talk, please get in touch!

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