• North Carolina Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation

2022 North Carolina Congress of Herpetology

A joint meeting between NCPARC and the NC Herpetological Society

May 11 – 14, 2022

Virtual via Zoom through Moodle

This meeting is free to attend but you must preregister here.

Agenda and speaker abstracts: (PDF) including online workshops and information on mentoring/networking opportunities available now!

MEMBERSHIP: If you wish to join NCPARC (it’s free!), please do so here: NCPARC membership. To renew membership for NCHS, or join for the first time, you may do so when you pre-register for the meeting online.

Wednesday, May 11th

12:00   Welcome and opening remarks; ice-breaker questions
12:10   Networking via break-out rooms (2-3 sessions, 2-3 minutes each)
12:20   International Wildlife Trafficking Syndicates: Jason Keith, Special Agent, United States Fish and Wildlife Service
12:45   Herp Conservation & Community: The Duke Forest Herp Community Science Project: Nicolette Cagle, Duke University
1:10     Developing Conservation Strategies for Salamanders in North Carolina: Dustin Smith, North Carolina Zoo
1:25     Wrap up and additional Q&A

7:00     Mentoring/networking opportunities

 Thursday, May 12th

12:00   Welcome, opening remarks, and networking
12:10   Using Camera Traps and eDNA to Evaluate Bog Turtle Occupancy and Population Status in North Carolina: Michael Knoerr, Tangled Bank Conservation and Virginia Tech
12:35   Plethodon Populations in Northwestern NC: Historical Site Revisits and Estimates of Population Parameters: Jon Davenport, Appalachian State University
1:00     Unwanted Herps: Invasive Amphibians and Reptiles in North Carolina: Jeff Beane, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
1:25     Wrap up and additional Q&A

7:00     Workshops:

  1.  Strike a Pose! Using Trail Cameras to Learn About Cryptic Herps with Kabryn Mattison, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  2. Genetic Applications for Species Conservation and Management with Heather Evans, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. The Value of Occupancy Modeling to Conservation with Andrew Durso, Florida Gulf Coast University

Friday, May 13th

12:00   Welcome, opening remarks, and networking
12:10   What We Have Learned About the Hickory Nut Gorge Green (Aneides caryaensis) Salamander Since Its Description: Surveys, Genetics, Disease Sampling, And Population Trends: JJ Apodaca, Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy and Tangled Bank Conservation
12:35   Tallying Terrapins Along the North Carolina Coast: Using Citizen Scientists to Inform Management: Sarah Finn, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1:00     Hellbender Conservation in North Carolina: Are We Doing Enough?: Lori Williams, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
1:25     Wrap up and additional Q&A

7:00     Trivia fun night! We will use Kahoot! so be sure to download this app onto your phone; there will be prizes!

Saturday, May 14th

10:00   Welcome, opening remarks, and networking
10:10   Gray Area: Where to Draw the Line Between Species of Gray Cheeked Salamanders?: Louisa Collins, Tangled Bank Conservation
10:35   Assessing Factors That Increase Dusky Gopher Frog (Rana sevosa) Larval Performance in Open-canopy Wetlands: Myles Lance, Western Carolina University
11:00   StumpCams for Buzztails: Observing Rattlesnake Behavior Using Trail Cameras: Jeff Hall, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
11:25   The Auspicious Start Of A Salamander Biologist: An Overview Of E.R. Dunn’s Salamander Fieldwork In The Southern Appalachians: David Beamer, Nash Community College
11:50   Wrap up and additional Q&A
12:00   NC Herp Society Executive Council meeting

Questions?  Contact Jeff Hall or Dave Beamer