Creepy Crawlies Galore
The NNU Herpetology Lab (John Cossel and students) hosted the Annual Meeting of the Idaho Herpetological Society and the Idaho Chapter of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation on Saturday Nov. 16th. The meeting highlighted oral presentations from NNU Biology students Jessie Cossel and Jen Field (see photo) on their research of a threatened frog from Costa Rica, a keynote address from Eastern Nazarene College professor Jonathan Twining on amphibians of vernal pools from the Eastern US, and many other interesting talks.
Of course, the 20-30 reptiles and amphibians on display in the afternoon were a large attraction. “How large?” you might ask. About 4 feet large, if you consider NNU’s own American Alligator (Al or Alli gender determination still pending), or 8-10 ft for the various boas and other snakes.
All in all, the day was a great success as it fosters research and conservation of reptiles and amphibians and highlights NNU programs and facilities while encouraging appreciation of an often misunderstood group of animals.
Watch for the event again in November 2014.
– Dr. John Cossel Jr., Chair/Professor Biology Department
Photo caption: Jessie Cossel on the left and Jen Field and friends threatened “Blue-sided Tree Frogs”