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Symposia and Workshops

Herpetology of the Californias

First Annual Symposium and Banquet
In Honor of the Scientific Contributions of Laurence M. Klauber

May 15, 1998 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Symposium Program | Symposium Abstracts

The San Diego Natural History Museum announces a symposium on the history and status of herpetological research in California and Baja California, in honor of the scientific contributions of Laurence M. Klauber.

Topics will include

  • collections and collecting in the region
  • history of herpetological research in the region
  • biology, systematics
  • conservation of regional herpetofauna
  • evolution of the herpetofauna of California and Baja California

A banquet lunch on the day of the symposium will feature Philip Klauber and Harry Greene as keynote speakers, focusing on the career and scientific contributions of Laurence Klauber.

Related Activities

Harry Greene, Ph.D., will be giving a lecture at the museum on Thursday, May 14, at 7 p.m., followed by a signing of his new book, Snakes: The Evolution of Mystery in Nature. You can purchase a ticket for this event in advance at the museum members' price. If you wish to do this, please indicate this and include the ticket price with your registration. The ticket will be held for you on-site.

A banquet lunch on Friday, May 15, will feature Philip Klauber and Harry Greene discussing the scientific contributions of Laurence Klauber. Registration for the banquet can be made separately but must be made no later than May 12.

A reception will follow the symposium on May 15, featuring our spring exhibit, REPTILES!

On Saturday, May 16, the museum will host ReptileFest, a public awareness and information day on reptile-related topics, including snakebite, laws and permits, ethics of collecting, problems with the pet trade and with the establishment of exotics, and conservation of regional herpetofauna. Your symposium registration receipt will admit you to ReptileFest free of charge.

Format for Abstracts

The presentation of original research, both on-going and completed, is encouraged. Students, faculty, and naturalists are invited to submit abstracts.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically via email using the following format:

  1. Title
  2. Authors (for multi-authored papers asterisk speaker)
  3. Address, Phone, FAX, and email
  4. Abstract (500 words or less)

Email to Bradford Hollingsworth -- Deadline for Abstract Submission April 1, 1998.

Collections Access

The SDNHM herpetology collection will be accessible off-site for visits, use, and loans on Thursday, May 14, and on Saturday afternoon, May 16, as well as all day Sunday. (Osteology and types specimens will be available on-site.) Please contact Sally Shelton to arrange visits, use, or specimen loans. The collection will be closed during the symposium itself.

The San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum is part of the Balboa Park museum community. It was established by the San Diego Society of Natural History, which was founded in 1874. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The San Diego Natural History Museum is dedicated to providing biological and geological expertise and education for southern California and Baja California.

The SDNHM herpetology collection includes holdings of 68,000 reptile and amphibian specimens, including 66 primary and secondary types. The most important part of the collection is the range of over 8000 rattlesnakes collected by Laurence Klauber, whose notes and library are also housed at the Museum.

The SDNHM collections are part of the museum's Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, which supports the San Diego Natural History Museum's mission by providing the scientific foundation for its operations and programs. The BRCC seeks to fulfill this mission through the discovery, description, and understanding of the natural environment of the museum's region and how that region is integrated with the wider world.

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Herpetology of the Californias Symposium
Sally Shelton, Collections Care & Conservation
San Diego Natural History Museum
P. O. Box 1390
San Diego, CA 92112 USA
telephone: (619) 232-3821 ext. 226
fax: (619) 232-0248