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Congratulations 2014 Grant Winners!


We are very pleased to announce that 4 proposals will be funded by the 2014 NCHS Grants in Herpetology program. The details of these proposals can be found below.


Adam Stuckert (ECU) -- An analysis of pigments and pigment gland development in a Müllerian mimicry system (Ranitomeya: Dendrobatidae) -- $600. webpage

Courtney Anderson (UNC-G) -- Identification and mapping of ephemeral pools in northern Guilford County -- $700 Somers lab webpage


Molly Albecker (ECU) -- Salt life: The effects of sea level rise on freshwater animal communities -- $780 webpage


Sandy Durso (NCHS) & Jean Beasley (Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center) -- Proposal to create two educational sea turtle costumes for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center -- $900 sea turtle center and costume webpage


Previous year's winners listed HERE.




2015 Grant Submission Postmark Deadline 15 October 2014!



The North Carolina Herpetological Society (NCHS) presents a small grants program to support herpetological
research, conservation, and education projects by members of the NCHS. Grants ranging up to $1,000 will be awarded on an annual basis, as funding is available. All applicants must be current NCHS members. Proposals submitted in proper format will be evaluated by the NCHS Grant Review Committee and forwarded with recommendations to the Executive Council for approval. An effort will be made to select the best projects, while trying to support the efforts of the broadest range of members. If suitable proposals are lacking, less than the total available funds will be awarded. Unused funds will revert to the NCHS Treasury.


Research and conservation projects concerned with Endangered, Threatened, Special Concern, or declining species are encouraged, but other projects will be considered.


Educational projects should address a recognized area of need, and should identify the principal audience to be reached.


Applications will be accepted from individuals only, and only one application per year per member will be accepted. Projects demonstrating good success and a need for continuation may receive additional funding for a maximum project duration of three years. However, alternative funding for project continuations is encouraged. Applications should include:

a. Objectives of the project
b. Proposed methodology
c. Budget for use of requested funds
d. Timetable for project activities
e. Project location information
f. Brief résumé or curriculum vita of applicant including address and phone number
g. Any cost share involved with the project
h. A statement indicating intent to comply with all state and federal laws that may apply to activities or species
associated with the project, and intent to follow the guidelines for conducting field research on amphibians and reptiles published jointly by SSAR, HL, and ASIH (copy available on request).

Up to 80% of requested funding can be paid prior to completion of a project at the discretion of the Executive
Council. Final payment will be made upon receipt of the final report. If a grantee is unable to complete a project for any reason, unexpended funds must be returned to the NCHS with an explanatory statement. At the discretion of the Executive Council, equipment purchased with grant monies may be retained by the NCHS after completion of project activities.

Project results should be presented to the membership of the NCHS either in the newsletter NC Herps or as a
program at a Society meeting.


Grant applications should be submitted by email to (preferred) or mailed to:

Andrew Durso (NCHS Grant Review Committee Chair)
Department of Biology
Utah State University
5305 Old Mail Hill
Logan UT 84322

All applications must be received (or postmarked) by no later than 15 October 2014. Applications received
after the deadline may not be considered for funding. Acceptable formats include MS Word document and Adobe pdf. Notification to grant applicants will be made during the first week of November and successful applicants will be
announced at the NCHS Fall Meeting. Grant awards will normally be available on 15 January. An interim grant report is due on 15 August, and the final report is due on 15 March of the following year.

The final written report should include a title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results,
discussion, acknowledgments, and literature cited, in that order. The report should be no more than 13 pages unless special circumstances dictate otherwise.

Funding to support this grants program will be set at 30% of the balance of funds in the NCHS Treasury over
$5,000, exclusive of special fund balances, and shall not exceed $3,000 annually. Monies available for a grant cycle will be determined by July, prior to review of proposals by the Grant Review Committee. Funding level for the NCHS Grant Program is subject to annual review and adjustment at the discretion of the Executive Council.

The Grant Review Committee is appointed by the President of the NCHS. All members of that committee are
members of the NCHS, and may not apply for a grant while serving on the committee. Any Executive Council members applying for a grant should abstain from discussions about and voting on the approval of said grant(s) when reviewing the recommendations of the Grant Review Committee.

Current Grant Review Committee
: Andrew Durso (chair), Dave Stephan, and Lori Williams
[NOTE: These initial guidelines for the NCHS herpetological grants program were accepted by the Executive Council on 20 February 1994, amended 8 Jan. 2006 and revised on 1 Sept. 2010.]



2013 Grant Winners

Jeff Beane: Project Simus -- $695 Project Simus website


Leigh Anne Harden: Seasonal variation in osmotic and metabolic status of diamondback terrapins -- $360 webpage

Rebecca Tarvin: Evolutionary origins and consequences of alkaloid insensitivity in poison frogs -- $695


2012 Grant Winners

David Cooper & Henry Wood (NC Herpetological Society) – Ecological and genetic study of a disjunct population of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in North Carolina ­– $1,000

Jeffrey C. Beane (NCSMNS) – Project Simus: An ongoing study of the Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) and other declining reptiles in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain of North Carolina ­– $450
Project Simus website

Sean C. Sterrett (University of Georgia) – Why the conservation of freshwater turtles matters: Nutrient dynamics of common freshwater turtles in the Southeastern United States– $450
Sterrett website from University of Georgia

Jonathan P. Micancin (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill) - Evaluating the suspected decline of Pseudacris nigrita (Southern Chorus Frog) in North Carolina - $400
Micancin website from UNC-CH

Melanie N. Stock (University of Wicsonsin – Madison) - The effects of soil temperature on belowground amphibian hibernation in an urban versus rural environment - $400
Balster lab website from UW-Madison


2011 Grant Winners

A record number of grant proposals (10) were received in 2011. $2,000 in funds was available. The committee chose to award the following grants:

$800 to David Cooper, Henry Wood, and Phil Bradley for “Ecological Study of a Disjunct Population of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in North Carolina”

$400 to Jeff Beane for “Project Simus: An Ongoing Study of the Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) and Other Declining Reptiles in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain of North Carolina”

$400 to Kristen Cecala for “Leaping the Gap: Effects of Canopy Gaps on Connectivity of Appalachian Salamander Populations”

$400 to Julie Ray for “Changes in Upper Trophic Levels as a Result of Chytridiomycosis-induced Amphibian Declines”


2010 Grant Winners

The three winning projects include ones on Costa Rican anurans, marbled salamanders, and hognose and other colubrid snakes.



2009 Grant Winners!


Three grants were awarded this year for a herp related research in 2009. One involves modeling climate change in Southern Appalachian stream salamander communities.  The second project will look at effects of prescribed burning on lizards in longleaf pine habitats.  The third project will be a study of hydroperiod on newts.