Distinguished Herpetologists Lecture Series

Each year, the President of the Herpetologists' League designates a Distinguished Herpetologist to deliver a plenary lecture, with approved by the Board of Trustees. This recognition is bestowed to an individual based on his or her contributions to advancing scientific and public understanding of herpetology through research, teaching, and service. In addition to presenting a lecture during the plenary session of the following year's HL meeting, the Distinguished Herpetologist is also encouraged to publish a manuscript as the lead article in Herpetologica.

Publication Guidelines

  • Such contributions shall be limited to 10 pages of printed text.
  • Such contributions shall be treated as "points of view" manuscripts, that is, they will be reviewed by the editor and two referees familiar with the subject matter (and preferably with the Distinguished Herpetologist). Both the Distinguished Herpetologist and the referees will be advised by the editor that the contribution must adhere to HL's usual standards of rigor with respect to clarity and organization, but that it is not necessary that the papers contain new or original data. Rather, such contributions, though potentially highly variable in content, might often be expected to emphasize synthetic, historical, or philosophical themes.
  • Distinguished Herpetologists will be invited to supplement their printed contributions by providing material to be posted on HL's website. In addition to posting the text of the published contribution, this site may contain a biography and/or bibliography of the Distinguished Herpetologist, or even the Power Point presentation of their lecture.

--approved by HL Board of Trustees, 18 October 2006

Past Awards Winners

Ernest E. Williams
The anoline radiation: Unity and variation

Thomas Uzzell, Jr.
In praise of common widespread frogs

Roger Conant, University of New Mexico

David B. Wake, University of California at Berkeley
Species, genes and morphology – a perspective on evolution in salamanders

Carl Gans, University of Michigan
Locomotion of Limbless Vertebrates: Pattern and Evolution

Jay M. Savage, University of Miami
Searching for the Golden Frog

Henry S. Fitch, University of Kansas

Ilya S. Darevsky, Academy of Sciences of the USSR
Recent research in parthenogenesis in lizards

no award

Henry M. Wilbur, Duke University
Salient features of amphibian populations

Raymond B. Huey, University of Washington
Evolution of performance: Reptiles and amphibians as models for general biological questions

Stevan J. Arnold, University of Chicago
Comparative quantitative genetics: A case study with gartersnakes

Linda R. Maxon, Pennsylvania State University
Molecular insights into Caribbean and Mediterranean biogeography

Richard Shine, University of Sydney
A new hypothesis for the evolution of viviparity in reptiles

Michael J. Ryan, University of Texas
Sexual selection and commnunication in the tungara frog

Harry W. Greene, University of California at Berkeley
Historical legacies and contemporary snake biology

Martha L. Crump, Northern Arizona University
Frogs, unpredictability, flexibility and the future

Sharon B. Emerson, University of Utah
The evolution of morphological novelties

Jonathan Campbell, University of Texas at Arlington
Herpetologist in the mist: Life among Guerillas

Linda Trueb, University of Kansas
Frogs, fossils and phylogeny: a perspective on the last 140 million years and prospectus for the future

William R. Branch, Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa
Herps and hopes: Africa, a new millennium

George R. Zug, Smithsonian Institution
In and across the deep blue sea: Ages of seaturtles & dispersal of Oceania lizards

William Duellman, University of Kansas
In search of El Dorado: The neotropical herpetofauna

Eric R. Pianka, University of Texas
Can we read the vanishing book of life?

Roy McDiarmid, Smithsonian Institution
Mystery, motivation, and science: A herpetologist's perspective

Carl Gerhardt, University of Missouri
Evolution and mechanisms of acoustic communication in frogs and toads

Marvalee H. Wake, University of California at Berkeley
Eye of newt and toe of frog: Herpetology in 21st century science

Patrick T. Gregory, University of Victoria
Northern lights and seasonal sex: Reproductive ecology of cool-climate viviparous snakes

Julian Lee, University of Miami
From Bloomington, Indiana, to Balankanche Yucatan: Reflections of a naturalist in tropical America

Indraneil Das, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Perceptions, use and conservation of amphibians by indigenous people worldwide

Aaron Bauer, Villanova Univeristy
Hands, sands, and southern lands: Geckos in space and time

Laurie Vitt, University of Oklahoma
Walking the natural history trail

David Sever, Southeastern Louisiana University

J. Whitfield Gibbons, University of Georgia and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
What we didn't know in 1964: Fifty years of herpetology

Raymond D. Semlitsch, University of Missouri, remembered by James Spotila 
Raymond Semlitsch: Forty years of snakes and salamanders - experimental approaches to herpetology

Jonathan Losos, Harvard University
Known knowns and unknown unknowns: herpetological progress in fits and starts

James P. Bogart "Unisexual Salamanders in the Genus Ambystoma: bending and breaking evolutionary stereotype."

No Award