The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund

Application Instructions

The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund was established by the Tucson Herpetological Society (THS) to support research that contributes to the conservation of the herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert, including the states of Arizona, southern California, Sonora, and on the Baja California peninsula and gulf islands. Dr. Cecil R. Schwalbe spearheaded the fund in honor of the many contributions to our understanding of herpetology in the Sonoran Desert by Dr. Charles H. Lowe. The fund was inaugurated at the Current Research on the Herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert II Conference, April 2002.

The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund provides much needed financial support to local researchers with the idea that the more we know about our environment, the better prepared we will be to preserve it. The fund covers the cost of travel, permits, diagnostic tests, and field equipment such as GPS units, Pesola scales, radio telemetry equipment, dip nets, snake hooks, and even software. Purchased equipment is kept as the property of the THS so that it can benefit multiple projects well into the future. The fund operates outside the loop of Universities and granting agencies and is open to researchers – students, amateurs, and professionals – regardless of affiliation. The fund is supported solely by private donations and monies raised by the THS. In particular, we wish to acknowledge Dr. Daniel Beck who generously donated profits from his book, Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards to the Fund. In addition, the proceeds of the Current Research on the Hetertofauna of the Sonoran Desert IV auction contributed to the CH Lowe Research Fund.

Since its inception, the fund has Contributed $13,079.00 to a variety of important projects (See below).

The THS is exremely pleased that the CH. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund has attracted the attention of such well-written and scientifically strong proposals and we would like to continue to support an even greater number of proposals in the future. We can only expect that interest in the fund will increase and we want to be able to meet those needs and continue supporting these exciting and important projects. The proceeds of the Current Research on the Hetertofauna of the Sonoran Desert IV auction contributed $1,191.00 to the CH Lowe Research Fund. The THS thanks you for your continued support! For more information please contact:

William B. Cooper
C.H. Lowe Research Fund, Committe Chair
Tucson Herpetological Society
PO Box 709
Tucson, AZ 85702-0709
http://tucsonherpsociety.org
cooperw@ipfw.edu

2016:

Rafael Alejandro Lara Resendiz, University of California, Santa Cruz – $600

Thermal ecology and extinction risk of the flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii) in the United States/Mexico border region.

2015: No awards

2014: No awards

2013:

Karla Moeller, Arizona State University – $1,000
Dealing with Dehydration: Stress and Immune Response of the Gila Monster across Hydration States.

Diana Zamora Bárcenas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Querétero – $1,000
Occurrence of the Fungal Skin Disease, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in Amphibians of Northwestern and Central México. 

Erin R. Zylstra, University of Arizona – $635
Population dynamics of lowland leopard frogs (Lithobates yavapaiensis) and canyon treefrogs (Hyla arenicolor) in isolated mountain canyons.

2012 

Darren Anderson, Tucson – $1,000
Gila Monster, Heloderma suspectum, in a Suburban Environment near a National Park. 

Melissa Amarello, Arizona State University – $1,000
The Role of Kin Selection in Rattlesnake Aggregations.

Kevin Bonine and Allison Buchanan, University of Arizona – $1,000
Finding Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) Genetic Microsatellites for Use in Studying Population Structure.

2011No awards

2010:

Diana Zamora Barcenas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Querétero and
Jim C. Rorabaugh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – $500
Occurrence of the Fungal Skin Disease, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, in Amphibians of Northwestern and Central México.

Katherin Marie Gray, University of Arizona – $500
Effects of buffelgrass on Sonoran desert tortoises.

Krystyn Pozarowski and Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann, University of Arizona – $500
Effects of Fragmentation on Rattlesnake Populations in a Human-dominated Landscape (continuation of previously funded project).

2009

Antje Adams,University of Arizona – $500
Genetic Variation of the Yarrows Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus jarrovii) from the Santa Catalina Mountains in Relation to Other Sky Island Populations in Southern Arizona.

Dr. Kevin Bonine, University of Arizona – $500
Phylogeography of the Canyon Treefrog (Hyla arenicolor) in the Rincon and Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona.

Adrian Munguia-Vega, University of Arizona – $500
Molecular Tracking of Three Species of Lizards in a Fragmented Landscape from Sonoran Desert to Prevent the Extripation and Extinction of Endemic Reptiles from the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico.

Krystyn Pozarowski and Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann, University of Arizona – $500
Effects of Fragmentation on Rattlesnake Populations in a Human-dominated Landscape.

Dr. Dr. Adrian Quijada-Mascareñas and Dr. Phil Rosen, University of Arizona – $500
For Lowe’s enjoyment: a survey of canyon whiptails in the Gran Desierto Mountains of northern Sonora.

2008:

Adrian Munguia-Vega, University of Arizona – $500
Habitat Fragmentation in the Baja California Penninsula and Its Effects on the Genetic Structure of Four Endemic Vertebrates with Constrasting Dispersal Behavior.

Kimberly Baker and Dr. Kevin Bonine, University of Arizona – $500
Thermal Ecology and Disease in Canyon Treefrogs (Hyla arenicolor).

2007

Tara Luckau, University of Arizona – $500
Quantifying Chytridiomycosis Infection of Wild Frogs Using Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction.

2006:

Dr. Hans-Werner Herrmann and Dr. Phil Rosen, University of Arizona – $500
Freshwater Turtle Conservation Genetics in the Southwest.

Ali M. Rabatsky, University of Louisiana – $500
Rattle Reduction and Vestigialization of Complex Features in Three Rattlesnake Species Endemic to Islands in the Sea of Cortez.

Christine L. Schirmer, University of Arizona – $500
Canyon Treefrog (Hyla arenicolor) Genetic Structure in the Rincon Mountains, Arizona.

2005:

Robin Llewellyn, Tucson, Arizona – $500
2005 Herpetological Inventory on the Esperanza Ranch along the Santa Cruz River, near Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona.

Dave Prival, Tucson, Arizona – $500
Long-term Twin-spotted Rattlesnake Population Monitoring in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains.

Erik F. Enderson and Thomas R. Van Devender, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – $350
Aerial Photos Used to Assist in Herpetofauna Surveys in Sonora, Mexico.

2004:

Melissa Amarello, University of Arizona – $494
Defensive Behavior of Crotalus polystictus (Mexican Lance-headed Rattlesnakes) Toward Human.

2003:

Lori Woods, RECON Consultants – $500
Developing Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians and Reptiles of the Arid Southwest.

 

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