Southeastern Louisiana University snake and salamander expert, Dr. David Sever, has
been honored with the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year Award presented by the
international association Herpetologists' League.
Sever, the Kenneth Dyson Endowed Professor and former head of the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences, was presented the award at the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held recently in Alberquerque, N.M. At the meeting Sever presented an invited address and has been asked to author the lead paper in a future issue of the League's journal Herpetologica.
"The recognition of Dr. Sever as the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year is well-deserved,"
said Christopher Beachy, head of the Department of Biological Sciences. "Sever's international
expertise in reproductive anatomy of vertebrates is unquestioned. In terms of number
of scientific publications and grants, he is simply prolific. It is difficult to name
anyone who has written and worked more in this area. From my perspective as a professional
and as editor of a journal that publishes herpetological work, I consider Dr. Sever
one of the most important salamander biologists in history."
A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2004, Sever is known widely for his research into the sexual characteristics of salamanders and snakes. He is the recipient of several National Science Foundation Grants and co-edited the text "Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes," a heavily illustrated 759-page text.
Dr. Brian Crother, the Assistant Dean of the College of Science and Technology was recently elected President-Elect of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR), a national scientific society with members from around the world. The goals of the SSAR are to encourage education and dissemination of scientific thought, encourage conservation of wildlife in general and of amphibians and reptiles in particular, and to achieve closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional herpetologists, so that they may work together in the common cause of furthering science.