KHS Awards

KHS Bronze Salamander Award

Established in 1987, this Award is presented to those individuals whose efforts and dedication to the Kansas Herpetological Society go far beyond the normal bounds. The recipients of this Award have given exemplary service to the KHS, and are presented with an elegant bronze sculpture of a Barred Tiger Salamander (our official state amphibian). The statue, created by artist Errol D. Hooper, Jr., is currently poured and finished by Heartland Art Bronze of Lawrence, and is mounted on an attractive wooden base, with the recipient's name on a plate above the words For Distinguished Service. Candidates for the Award are chosen by the KHS Executive Council.

Former Recipients:
1987 John E. Simmons Lawrence
1988 Larry L. Miller Caldwell
1989 Joseph T. Collins Lawrence
1990 Janice J. Perry Lawrence
1993 Martin B. Capron Oxford
1998 Hank Guarisco Lawrence
1998 Kelly J. Irwin Topeka
2000 Eric M. Rundquist Lawrence
2002 Karen Toepfer Olathe
2010 Travis W. Taggart Hays
2011 Mary Kate Baldwin Topeka
2011 Eric Kessler Kansas City, Missouri

The Suzanne L. & Joseph T. Collins Award
for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology

The Collins Award was established in 1997 by The Center for North American Herpetology in recognition of the scientific and artistic achievements of Suzanne L. Collins and Joseph T. Collins, whose life-long study and conservation of the native herpetofauna of Kansas is amply demonstrated in their extensive and excellent writings and photography, both academic and popular, about these animals. The Collins Award, established by an initial generous contribution to CNAH from Westar Energy, is a trust in perpetuity controlled exclusively by CNAH, and will increase in amount through reinvestment. The award is minimally $1000.00, making it the largest annual state award for any biological, wildlife, or conservation organization in Kansas. It is also the largest national award given annually for research on or photography of amphibians, turtles, and reptiles. The recipient of The Collins Award, at the request of CNAH, is chosen by the KHS Awards Committee, which is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the KHS Executive Council; it is presented on the occasion of the annual meeting before the assembled membership. The recipient must be present to receive The Collins Award or another recipient will be selected.
Specifications of The Collins Award:
In even-numbered years, The Collins Award shall be bestowed upon that member of the KHS who, in the preceding two calendar years, accomplished the following: Had published a paper of academic excellence on the systematics, ecology, or conservation of a native species of Kansas amphibian, turtle, and/or reptile in the Journal of Kansas Herpetology, Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Herpetological Review, or the Journal of Herpetology, and/or presented a lecture of excellence on the systematics, ecology, or conservation of a native species of Kansas amphibian(s) and/or reptile(s). To qualify for The Collins Award, a portion of the field work or observations must have occurred in Kansas, or the systematic data must have been based in part on Kansas specimens. Individuals eligible for The Collins Award must be KHS members when they do the research, when the paper is published, or when the talk is given. Further, the KHS requires individuals who present papers to signify they are eligible for The Collins Award when they submit the title of the talk to the KHS Meeting Chairperson or just prior to giving the talk at the annual meeting; those individuals that publish a paper that meets the criteria must submit three copies of the published version to the Chair of the KHS Awards Committee in order to be considered for The Collins Award.
In odd-numbered years, The Collins Award shall be bestowed upon an individual who accomplished the following: Was chosen the best in a juried competition featuring the art of photography in portraying amphibians, turtles, and/or reptiles, said competition to take place under the auspices and on the occasion of the primary meeting of an appropriate organization or society in Kansas. To qualify for the The Collins Award, the art work must portray or be based on those species native to Kansas. The KHS is looking for striking images of Kansas herpetofauna that depict interesting behavior or include portraits of species in a natural habitat or setting. Images will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, color, action, drama, and overall impact. Entry to the competition constitutes agreement by the photographer to allow the winning photograph to be published by CNAH/KHS on its web site or in publicity releases. Entrants retain all other rights to the future use of their winning photograph. A total of up to five photographs may be submitted as prints. Prints must be mounted for display purposes. The back of each photograph must bear the photographer's name, address, telephone number, and entry number (1-5). The identity of the photographer will not be revealed to the members of the KHS Awards Committee. All entries must be delivered and set up by the photographer in the judging room by 10:00 am on Saturday of the KHS annual meeting. Photographers are responsible for their entries at all times. The KHS assumes no responsibility or liability for any photographic entries.

Former Recipients:
1998 - Paper/Presentation Travis W. Taggart Kansas City, Kansas
1999 - Photograph Gregory A. Sievert Emporia, Kansas
2000 - Paper/Presentation Emily C. Moriarty Austin, Texas
2001 - Photograph Daniel D. Fogell Omaha, Nebraska
2002 - Paper/Presentation John F. Cavitt Manhattan, Kansas
2003 - Photograph Larry L. Miller Topeka, Kansas
2004 - Paper/Presentation Dwight R. Platt North Newton, Kansas
2005 - Photograph Larry L. Miller Topeka, Kansas
2006 - Paper/Presentation Henry S. Fitch Lawrence, Kansas
2007 - Photograph J. Daren Riedle Canyon, Texas
2008 - Paper/Presentation Dustin J. Wilgers Manhattan, Kansas
2009 - Photograph Paul Rodriguez Omaha, Nebraska
2010 - Paper/Presentation George R. Pisani Lawrence, Kansas
2011 - Photograph Gregory A. Sievert Emporia, Kansas
2012 - Paper/Presentation William J. House Emporia, Kansas
2013 - Photograph Curtis J. Schmidt Hays, Kansas
2014 - Paper/Presentation Walter Meshaka Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
2015 - Photograph Josh Mead Hays, Kansas
2016 - Paper/Presentation George R. Pisani Lawrence, Kansas

Howard Kay Gloyd-Edward Harrison Taylor Scholarship

The KHS annually grants a scholarship named for Howard K. Gloyd and Edward H. Taylor, two distinguished Kansas herpetologists.
Nominations for the award ($300.00) are open to any KHS member enrolled in an accredited educational institution. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of potential for contributing to the science of herpetology. Students from high school through university are eligible. Self-nomination is encouraged.
If self-nominated, a letter of reference from an academician is required. Nominations should include typewritten details of the nominee's qualifications, plus name and address of the nominee and nominator.
Nominations should include, but are not limited to, academic record, herpetological activities, and future plans in herpetology. Academic record should address schools attended and an indication of academic performance in each (e.g., grade point average, teacher evaluations, courses completed, etc.). Herpetological activities should include a brief narrative that details experiences and activities that demonstrate a long-term interest in herpetology, and documents accomplishments in herpetological study. Future plans in herpetology should include a statement, not to exceed one-page, written by the student about his/her future interests and plans.
Applicants may include an optional appendix with photographs, awards, newspaper articles, reports written by the student, or other documents relevant to herpetological activities.
Nominations should be sent to the KHS Awards Committee Chair, and must be postmarked by 25 September. The scholarship winner will be announced at the KHS annual meeting in November. New applications will be accepted after 1 January of the following year.

Former Recipients:
1993 Daren Riedle Emporia, Kansas
1994 Paul Shipman Stillwater, Oklahoma
1995 Kembra Howdeshell Emporia, Kansas
1996 Emily C. Moriarty Notre Dame, Indiana
1998 Lani Burress Emporia, Kansas
1999 John Tollefson Emporia, Kansas
2000 Kevin Aldrich Emporia, Kansas
2001 Megan Kearney Emporia, Kansas
2002 Nicole Palenske Emporia, Kansas
2003 Sean M. Daly Emporia, Kansas
2004 Daphne Jones Emporia, Kansas
2005 Lynett Bontrager Emporia, Kansas
2006 David Bender Hays, Kansas
2007 Melissa Boetig Topeka, Kansas
2008 Ashley Inslee Hays, Kansas
2009 J. Kent Daniel Pittsburg, Kansas
2010 Jodie Hearlson Emporia, Kansas
2011 Jennifer M. Singleton Emporia, Kansas
2012 Andrew Coleman Emporia, Kansas
2013 Anthony E. Bridger Kearney, Nebraska
2014 Dave Penning Lafayette, Louisiana
2015 Justine Becker Emporia, Kansas
2016 Josh Mead Hays, Kansas

Alan H. Kamb Grant
for Research on Kansas Snakes

The KHS annually awards a grant ($300.00) in honor and memory of Alan H. Kamb, longtime supporter and member of the Kansas Herpetological Society.
KHS members are eligible to apply for The Alan H. Kamb Grant for Research on Kansas Snakes. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting in November. If no qualified proposals are submitted, no award will be made for that year.
The KHS Awards Committee will entertain proposals for research on Kansas snakes. The proposal must be limited to ten typed pages, and should include, but not be limited to the following: title, name of researcher, contact information, abstract, introduction and justification, objectives or hypotheses, materials and methods, significance of research and possible results, literature cited, timetable, and proposed budget. The research must be conducted on one or more native Kansas snake species. Additionally, a majority of the field work or observations must be proposed to occur in Kansas, or the data must be proposed to be collected, at least in part, on Kansas specimens.
Proposals for this grant should be sent to the KHS Awards Committee Chair, and must be postmarked by 25 September. The grant recipient will be announced at the KHS annual meeting in November. New applications will be accepted after 1 January of the following year.

Former Recipients:
2001 Curtis Schmidt Hays, Kansas
2002 Chris Hutson Hillsboro, Kansas
2003 Dustin Wilgers Manhattan, Kansas
2003 J. Kent Daniel Pittsburg, Kansas
2004 Erik Bartholomew Hays, Kansas
2005 George R. Pisani Lawrence, Kansas
2006 George R. Pisani Lawrence, Kansas
2007 Page Klug Manhatttan, Kansas
2008 Page Klug Manhatttan, Kansas
2009 Mindy Walker Kansas City, Missouri
2010 Prashant Deshmukh Emporia, Kansas
2011 Dexter Mardis Wichita, Kansas
2012 Greg Sievert Emporia, Kansas
2013 Dexter Mardis Wichita, Kansas
2014 Chris Visser Lincoln, Nebraska
2015 David Penning Lafayette, Louisiana
2016 Greg Sievert Emporia, Kansas

George Toland Award
for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna

The George Toland Award for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna was established in 2006 by the Board of Directors of The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) as a trust in perpetuity in recognition of the distinguished teaching career of the late George Fredrick Toland (1915-1992), a Salina (Kansas) biology teacher whose life-long field work with young folks in search of amphibians, chelonians, and reptiles was amply demonstrated in his extensive mentoring of the many students whose lives he so profoundly influenced. George was born in St. John, Kansas, on 25 September 1915. He received his Bachelor's Degree from McPherson College (Kansas) and his Master's Degree from Northern Colorado University. George taught school in the following Kansas communities: Canton, Turner, Caldwell, Minneapolis, and Salina. He was a horseman, a teacher, a poet, a writer, an author, a naturalist, a dramatics coach, a football coach, a statistician, a craftsman, a romantic, a photographer, but most of all he was a legend. He died on 15 March 1992 and is buried at his birthplace. By agreement with CNAH, the KHS annually makes an award ($200.00) in honor and memory of George Toland, a longtime supporter and member of the Kansas Herpetological Society. All students presenting papers on the ecology of North American herpetofauna at the KHS annual meeting are eligible for the George Toland Award. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of each annual meeting in November. The KHS Awards Committee will select the recipient of the George Toland Award. The recipient must be present to receive The Toland Award or another recipient will be selected.

Former Recipients:
2008 Steve D. Grant Canyon, Texas
2009 Emilie Blevins Manhattan, Kansas
2010 Katie Talbott Hays, Kansas
2011 Denise M. Thompson Springfield, Missouri
2012 Alexander J. Anton Omaha, Nebraska
2013 Josh Mead Lincoln, Nebraska
2014 Maya McElfish Emporia, Kansas
2015 No award given
2016 Carolyn Reiland-Smith Boca Raton, Florida

Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award
for Excellence in Field Herpetology

The Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology was established in 2010 by the Executive Council of the Kansas Herpetological Society as a trust in perpetuity in recognition of the distinguished careers in ecological herpetology of the late Henry Sheldon Fitch (1909-2009), a faculty member in the Divison of Biological Sciences at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and KHS Distinguished Life Member Dwight R. Platt, biology faculty emeritus at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. Both of these herpetologists distinguished themselves by their research excellence in the study of amphibians, chelonians, and reptiles, research amply demonstrated in their voluminous published works. For the Fitch-Platt Award, the KHS annually makes an award ($200.00) to a KHS member that, in the recent past, made a significant herpetological discovery in the field or conducted significant herpetological field work that contributed to our knowledge of these creatures. The winner will be announced at each annual KHS meeting in November. The KHS Awards Committee will select the recipient of the Fitch Platt-Award. The recipient must be present to receive The Fitch-Platt Award or another recipient will be selected.

Former Recipients:
2010 Stanley Roth Lawrence
2011 Eddie Stegall Wichita, Kansas
2012 Joseph T. Collins Lawrence, Kansas
2013 George R. Pisani Lawrence, Kansas
2014 - Award donated back to the KHS. Travis W. Taggart Hays, Kansas
2015 No award given
2016 Curtis J. Schmidt Hays, Kansas

Walter Meshaka Award

The Meshaka Award is presented to the best poster presented on the occaision of the KHS Annual Meeting.
Former Recipients:
2015
2016 David A. Penning Joplin, Missouri