KHS Meetings
The KHS holds an annual meeting in the fall of each year. The meeting is, minimally, a two day event with lectures and presentations by herpetologists. All interested individuals are invited to make presentations. The annual meeting is also the time of the Saturday night social and fund-raising auction. All are invited to bid on herpetologically oriented items (except for live animals or parts thereof) donated by a variety of sources including members.

KHS 2018 Annual Meeting Information - 3-4 November 2018

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KHS Keynote Address:

Jesús Rivas, Ph.D.

Jesús is a Venezuelan herpetologist, tropical ecologist, and television correspondent. His research interests include natural history, ethology, and conservation of tropical reptiles (green iguanas and green anacondas as well as the Orinoco crocodile, spectacled caiman, and green sea turtles) of the llanos of Venezuela. He is currently working at New Mexico Highlands University where he oversees the ecology lab while he continues his research and teaching.

On-line KHS Annual Meeting registration


On-line oral/poster presentation registration - Deadline 18 October 2018


FRIDAY NIGHT KHS SOCIAL SET: The Friday evening social (2 November, 7:00-10pm), will be held at the Avaste Inn and Conference Center (soon to become the Clarion), Address: 2700 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801 Phone: (620) 341-9287. Please plan to come out and enjoy some snacks, beer or soft drinks, and conversation. KHS has reserved a block of rooms and will hold all events at the Avaste. Adjacent to the rooms is a heated pool and hot tub, atrium, and breakfast area. Friday night socializing will take place in the atrium. Throughout the annual meeting there will be live amphibians and reptiles to photograph along with photography props in the atrium. Because of the venue no venomous snakes will be available for photography.

ANNUAL MEETING CALL FOR PAPERS, POSTERS, AND AUCTION ITEMS:
The 45th annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society will be held 3-4 November 2018 at the Avaste Inn and Conference Center (soon to become the Clarion), Address: 2700 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801 Phone: (620) 341-9287. Scientific paper sessions and general meeting activities will occur in the ballroom at the Avaste. Effective immediately, the Society is accepting titles for talks or posters to be presented at the meeting. The deadline for submission is October, 19 2018. Please submit a title and abstract on-line. This year abstracts will be published in Collinsorum.
The KHS annual meeting provides an opportunity for herpetologists and other like-minded individuals interested in amphibians and reptiles to come together for scientific lectures and friendly intellectual discussion. There is opportunity for socializing in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. Meeting registration is only $15.00.
This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Jesus Rivas of the biology department at New Mexico Highlands University. Jesus A. Rivas is a herpetologist, tropical ecologist, and television correspondent. His research interests include natural history, ethology, and conservation. Jesus is best known for his work on anacondas.
Herpetologists at all levels of expertise are encouraged and urged to give scientific paper presentations.
During the KHS Business Meeting (Saturday Afternoon) and KHS Auction (Saturday evening).... the following awards will be presented:

  • The Suzanne L. and Joseph T. Collins Award for excellence in Kansas Herpetology ($1,000.00). 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.
  • Howard Kay Gloyd/Edward Harrison Tayleor Scholarship. The KHS annually grants a scholarship ($300.00) named for Howard K. Gloyd and Edward H. Taylor, two distinguished Kansas herpetologists.
  • 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.
  • George Toland Award for Ecological Research on North American Herpetofauna. CNAH and 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.
  • Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology. 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 Meshaka Award. The Meshaka Award (kindly donated by Walter E. Meshaka, Jr. [Harrisburg, PA] may be awarded to any poster presented that pertains to North American herpetology, and comes with a Commemorative Certificate and a check for $100..

KHS 2018 Saturday Night Social, Poster Session, and Auction

The annual Saturday night social, poster session, and fund-raising auction will be held at the Avaste Inn and Conference Center (soon to become the Clarion), Address: 2700 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 66801 Phone: (620) 341-9287 starting at 6:30pm. KHS will provide FREE BEER, SOFT DRINKS, and SNACKS. The auction will be preceded by the 4th annual poster session. The poster session will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. All presenters may set up posters before this time in the atrium. At 7:30 the auction will be held in the ballroom of the Avaste.
The Walter E. Meshaka, Jr. Award for Excellence in Ecology will be awarded following the poster session. The Meshaka Award may be awarded to any poster presented that pertains to North American herpetology, and comes with a Commemorative Certificate, and a check for $100.
The 2018 KHS Auction will start immediately after the presentation of the Meshaka Award. Please bring herpetological items for the auction. Deliver them to the auction site Saturday evening. We count on you to bring items about amphibians, or reptiles and other stuff oriented to herpetology. PLEASE DO NOT BRING LIVING OR DEAD ANIMALS (OR PARTS). No specimens or body parts of herpetofauna will be sold at auction. Auctioneer Dan Fogell, will provide the entertainment and the KHS will supply snacks and beverages. Bring herpetological items to donate (the more scandalous the better) and join us for a relaxing and fun-filled evening.

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1975
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1976
Lawrence,
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1977
Emporia,
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1978
Caldwell,
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1979
Topeka,
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1980
Lawrence,
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1981
Wichita,
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1982
Lawrence,
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1983
Lawrence,
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1984
Fredonia,
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1985
Topeka,
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1986
Lawrence,
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1987
Emporia,
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1988
Lawrence,
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1989
Wichita,
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1990
Lawrence,
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1991
Pratt,
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1992
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1993
Emporia,
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1994
Wichita,
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1995
Lawrence,
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1996
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1998
Lawrence,
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Pratt,
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Kansas City,
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Topeka,
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Lawrence,
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2003
Emporia,
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2004
Manhattan,
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Pittsburg,
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Hays,
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Topeka,
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Wichita,
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Olathe,
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Hays,
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2013
Wichita,
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Manhattan,
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2015
Hays,
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2016
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2017
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