SSAR 2015 at the University of Kansas 

Thank you for attending! The final meeting program remains available for download. Abstracts may be viewed either through our smartphone app (available as SSAR2015 at the Apple and Android stores) or via a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.


Masticophis flagellum from Wilson Lake State Park, Kansas. Photo copyright Chan Kin Onn.

The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, together with Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) and the herpetological societies of Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas, the Center for North American Herpetology, and the International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology will hold a joint meeting from July 30-August 2, 2015 on the beautiful and centrally located campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

All scientific sessions will be held in the Kansas Union, which is adjacent to the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, the setting of more than a century of research and graduate education in herpetology. The intimate campus setting will facilitate personal and friendly interactions while moderating fees for registration and lodging.

This unique campus format meeting will include oral and poster presentations, silent and live auctions, vendor displays, student social, symposia, and special lectures provided by David Hillis (Keynote),  Harry W. Greene (Plenary) and Miguel Vences (President’s Travelogue) and Tyrone Hayes (PARC Special Lecturer).

Conference activity highlights include:
• Redesigned audiovisual shows arranged by David Dennis and Eric Juterbock
• Reception honoring distinguished senior herpetologists, allowing students to interact personally with luminaries in the field
• The Herpetological Quiz, arranged by the graduate students at UT Arlington and KU, with prizes for winners
• Guided tours of herpetological collections and newly renovated laboratories in the Biodiversity Institute
• Tour of the Fitch Reservation at the KU Biological Field Station and Reserves, led by George Pisani
• Special presentation for the International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology featuring author Sally Haines of the KU Spencer Research Library
• Display of live Kansas herps with photographic set-ups
• Exploring non-academic careers in herpetology: a lunch time event for students hosted by PARC

Conference Schedule Highlights

Thursday, July 30
SSAR Board of Directors Meeting
Presidential Travelogue Lecture
Welcome Social

Friday, July 31
Poster sessions and concurrent papers 
Plenary sessions
Keynote Lecture
Plenary lecture
PARC symposium
Reception for distinguished senior herpetologists
AV shows

Saturday, August 1
Poster sessions and concurrent papers
Exploring non-academic careers in herpetology a lunch time event for students hosted by PARC
SSAR and PARC symposia
SSAR student social
Live auction and reception

Sunday, August 2
Concurrent papers
PARC and SSAR symposia
SSAR business meeting
Outdoor picnic
AV shows

Monday, August 3 (after SSAR meeting ends on August 2nd)
Meetings and tours for the International Society for the History and Bibliography of Herpetology, plus day trips and tours.



Registration Information

Student members*              US $160
Regular members                      $295
Seniors (retired / over 70)         $160 
(membership not required)
Non-members                           $375
Late surcharge after June 30     $  50                     
*For this meeting, student members of SSAR, HL, ASIH, and other international, national, and regional herpetological societies are eligible for the SSAR student member rate.

Abstracts for all papers (oral and poster) are due to the conference organizer by May 15th. These should include title, author or authors, and address (both postal and email). 


Transportation, Parking and Accommodations

The Kansas City International Airport is one hour northeast of Lawrence, with transportation to Lawrence available via shuttle.
Parking within a 3-block radius of conference activities will be available in surrounding university lots and nearby streets.

A wide variety of housing options are available ranging from low-cost dormitory rooms that can be shared to local hotels and motels. Options include:
• On-campus dormitory housing - $40/person (shared double) -  $60/person (single)
• Springhill Suites by Marriott (downtown) - $104 (double queen suite)
• The Oread Hotel (1 block away) - $125-209
• Holidome (2 miles away) $79.99 for up to four people including breakfast.