While pet-keeping suffices for many herp enthusiasts, some with particularly deep interests can only be happy when working with reptiles and amphibians full time. My own path to career in herpetology, while twisted (even “tortuous” at times!), was well worth the struggle…as you can see by the attached photos, I’m very fortunate (please also see this article). In Part 1 I highlighted several important steps one can take to lay the foundation for a career in herpetology. Following are some further thoughts. Read More »
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I have belonged to local herpetological societies since childhood, and continue to be involved with several today. A few, such as the NY Turtle and Tortoise Society, nicely serve both professional herpetologists and lay people…but whatever their leanings, all are of immense value. Today I’d like to highlight some professional groups and journals that are open to everyone.
The Bronx Zoo’s Reptile House has copies of the “Big Three” – The Journal of Herpetology, Copeia and Herpetologica – dating back to the first issues of each, and in my 21 years working there I think I went through most of them! Membership tends to be expensive (student rates are often available), so I summarize research notes from current issues and post them here on occasion (please see articles below). Read More »