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The first Symposium on Captive Propagation and Husbandry of Reptiles and Amphibians was held in June of 1976 at Hood College in Fredrick, MD. The International Herpetological Symposium (IHS) evolved from this meeting. The mission of the IHS is to provide a forum for the dissemination of information and results of such research pertaining to the natural history, conservation biology and captive management/propagation of amphibians and reptiles.

Each year the IHS is held in a different location and is hosted by a zoological, herpetological or herpetocultural institution.

The purpose of the IHS is twofold:

  1. To provide a yearly symposium for the dissemination of information and research pertaining to the natural history, conservation biology, captive management and propagation of amphibians and reptiles

  2. To build a community open to all individuals who are interested in reptiles and amphibians and provide a platform that fosters the exchange of ideas and information

Unlike most herpetological societies and associations, IHS does not have a voting membership. We are governed instead by an Electoral Body that consists of the members of the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Publication Editors and chairs of various committees. These individuals are selected from all areas of the herpetology and herpetocultural worlds. Zoologists, herpetologists and private herpetoculturists are together involved in the planning and organizing of each annual symposium.



IHS President 2023-2027

Program Chair 

Myke Clarkson

IHS Vice President  open term 

Vendor Chair

Bob Ashley

IHS Treasurer  open term

Grants Committee Chair

Vicky Poole

IHS Secretary  open term

Collegiate Speed Session Chair

Justin Elden

IHS Immediate Past President

Jennifer Stabile

IHS Advisors & Program Chairs

Judith Bryja- Advisor 2018-2024

Giovanni Fagioli- Advisor 2018-2024 

Nicole Sandoval- Advisor 2017-2023

Vince Scheidt- Advisor 2018-2024

Ryan McVeigh- Advisor 2020-2023

Erica McVeigh- Advisor 2020-2023

Neil Balchan- Advisor 2020-2023

Theresa Moran- Advisor 2023-2025

Russ Gurley- Advisor 2023-2025

Cayle Pearson- Advisor 2023-2025

Scout Aulenbach- Advisor 2023-2025

Todd Goodman- Junior/NEXT GEN Herpetologist open term

James Badman- Grants open term

Kristen Wiley- Grants open term

Rob Nixon- Grants open term

Erin Jackson- Artist in Residence open term



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