Twentieth Annual


Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee

September 25-27, 2014



***Meeting details***


September 25th & 27th (Thursday - Saturday)


 Conference Objectives

To foster an understanding of the past, present, and future of Tennessee herpetology and herpetofauna; to encourage communication between persons researching and managing our amphibians and reptiles; and to help identify needs and goals to benefit the conservation of our herpetofauna and their habitats.

 Who Should Attend

All persons interested in Tennessee herpetology and herpetofauna, including academicians, students, resource managers, zoo and aquarium personnel and the general public.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eric O’Neill, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

"Past, Present and Future research on Molecular Ecology of Amphibians and Reptiles”


All registrants, including speakers, will be assessed a $25.00 registration fee at the door to help cover the cost of the meeting.  The registration fee will be $10.00 for all students. Pre-registration due by September 12th.


A catered dinner will be served, Thursday night before the Auction.

$15 Single Meal ticket, ($8 for students).  Vegetarian options will be available). NOTE: RSVP – Please let us know if you will join us for the meal and if you prefer the vegetarian option. We need to have a good idea of the number attending before the meeting. Thank you.


Still working on a conference hotel.

However, there are a variety of hotels in downtown Nashville at a variety of price points, hotels near Vanderbilt or downtown will be the closest ones to the Belmont campus.


Coming soon.


An auction will be held Thursday after dinner.  Please bring your herpetology related items (shirts, field guides, posters, etc.) & anything else worthy for donation to this scholarship award fundraiser.

Field Trip

We are Planning a guided field trip to the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, where we will hear about their recent success of the first ever captive breeding of Hellbenders and The Zoo’s new Komodo Dragons! Meet Friday Morning at 8:45 in the Zoo Lot, for the tour before heading to Belmont for the meeting.

Saturday morning we will be doing some field herping at Bell’s Bend Park. Meet at the Bell’s Bend Nature Center at 9:45.


Additional Information

For additional information about the conference, please email or phone one of the following individuals: Dr. John Niedzwiecki (Conference host)  or Tom Blanchard at