Navigation Links
National herpetology society honors UT Arlington professor for discoveries
Date:9/11/2012

Jonathan Campbell, a UT Arlington biology professor known for traveling into the remotest regions of Central and South America to catalog biodiversity, has received the 2012 Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology, a national honor given by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

The annual award was announced this summer at the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver, Canada. The prize is awarded to an individual for long-term excellence in the study of amphibian and/or reptile biology, based principally on the quality of the awardee's research; consideration is also given to educational and service impacts of the individual's career.

"Our awardee's scientific career has been one of discovery, finding and describing unknown species, and synthesizing the body of knowledge on Latin American herpetology," Jonathan Losos, Harvard professor and herpetology curator of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, said in introducing Campbell's recognition. "He has studied the biodiversity and biogeography of Central and South America, often as faunas were going extinct. It is no hyperbole to say that, without his work, many forms would have gone extinct without even being known."

In presenting the award, the society lauded Campbell's ability to connect with the people of Latin America and his prolific published work, which includes systematic monographs and revisions, field guides and descriptions of more than 100 new species. Losos' introduction highlighted how Campbell's "facility with Spanish and his calm attitude allow him to travel into areas that are inaccessible to most scientists.

"One famous story recounts how he convinced government officials to issue permits to enter a region even they were afraid to enter. Then, two days later he persuaded guerillas to allow him to continue his work (and not shoot him) because he was 'only a scientist collecting frogs,'" Losos said.

Campbell has been a professor at The University of Texas at Arlington since 1983 and chair of the College of Science's biology department since 2002. He is also director of the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center at UT Arlington. The Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center houses more than 130,000 specimens of more than 4,000 species collected from more than 90 countries.

"It is no surprise to see Dr. Campbell honored by his peers," said Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science. "Here at UT Arlington he has been instrumental in building the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center into a nationally-known resource and providing valuable field experiences and mentoring for biology faculty members, graduate students and undergraduates."

Campbell is an outstanding representative of the faculty at UT Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.


'/>"/>
Contact: Traci Peterson
tpeterso@uta.edu
817-272-9208
University of Texas at Arlington
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. NSF interdisciplinary program takes on critical national research priorities
2. 2 pioneering plant genomics efforts given a funding boost by National Science Foundation
3. NC State leads national effort to evaluate fresh water sustainability in the southern US
4. Jeff Crandall Honored With SAE International Arnold W. Siegel International Transportation Safety Award
5. 2016 International Congress of Entomology to be held in Orlando, Florida
6. Brazil joins international marine research effort
7. Iconic Darwin finch genome sequenced in Genome 10K international collaboration
8. German National Academy of Sciences issues a critical statement on the use of bioenergy
9. National Science Foundation awards $1 million to improve the efficiency of DNA fabrication
10. International regulation curbs illegal trade of caviar
11. The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry presented its 2012 awards at CYTO 2012
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/16/2016)... 2016 The global ... reach USD 1.83 billion by 2024, according to ... Technological proliferation and increasing demand in commercial buildings, ... drive the market growth.      (Logo: ... development of advanced multimodal techniques for biometric authentication ...
(Date:6/9/2016)... in attendance control systems is proud to announce the introduction of fingerprint attendance control ... right employees are actually signing in, and to even control the opening of doors. ... ... ... Photo - ...
(Date:6/7/2016)... , June 7, 2016  Syngrafii Inc. ... a business relationship that includes integrating Syngrafii,s patented ... branch project. This collaboration will result in greater ... the credit union, while maintaining existing document workflow ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160606/375871LOGO ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 A person commits a ... crime scene to track the criminal down. An ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses DNA evidence to track ... Sound far-fetched? It,s not. The FDA has increasingly ... support investigations of foodborne illnesses. Put as simply as possible, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016   EpiBiome , a precision microbiome ... in debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). The ... to advance its drug development efforts, as well as ... "SVB has been an incredible strategic partner to ... traditional bank would provide," said Dr. Aeron Tynes ...
(Date:6/23/2016)...  Blueprint Bio, a company dedicated to identifying, protecting ... has closed its Series A funding round, according to ... "We have received a commitment from Forentis Fund that ... meet our current goals," stated Matthew Nunez . ... complete validation on the current projects in our pipeline, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Velocity Products, a division of ... and optimized exclusively for Okuma CNC machining centers at The International Manufacturing Technology ... among several companies with expertise in toolholding, cutting tools, machining dynamics and distribution, ...
Breaking Biology Technology: