Archive for Our Partners

John (JD) Kleopfer

Score one for the swamp thing.

Score one for the swamp thing.

Institution: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

My job: Swamp Thing Noodler

Real title: Herpetologist

Education: M.S. Environmental Science, Christopher Newport University

How I help save sallies: Through partnerships, education and research.

Best salamander story:  While working for the Virginia Living Museum as the Curator of Herpetology in the early 1990s, a woman brought into the museum a large brown salamander in a cup. Read more

Jeff Briggler, Ph.D.

The hellbender whisperer at work in Missouri.

The hellbender whisperer at work in Missouri.

Institution: Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)

My job: Hellbender Whisperer

Real title: Herpetologist

Education: University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Ph.D., 2005.

How I help save sallies:   I’m responsible for protecting and monitoring the 112 species of amphibians and reptiles in Missouri, including hellbenders. As state herpetologist it’s my duty to ensure that none of these remarkable species go extinct during my watch. Read more

Eric J. Chapman

WILL LIFT ROCKS FOR FOOD.

WILL LIFT ROCKS FOR FOOD.

Institution: Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – Watershed Conservation Program

My job: I lift car-sized boulders.

Real title: Director of Aquatic Science

Education:Montclair State University,MA, 2004

How I help save sallies: I work to document the elusive hellbender in as many streams as possible in western Pennsylvania because we can’t protect salamanders if we don’t know they exist. Since 2007, we have identified several new sites for this imperiled species in the Allegheny River watershed. Read more

Kelly Irwin

"Boo-Boo" befriends a female snapper.

“Boo-Boo” befriends a female snapper.

Institution: Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

My job: Boo Boo Biologist (because I’m always incurring some minor injury, I got that nickname from my parents when I was still a little kid, long before there was a Honey Boo Boo)

Real title: Herpetologist

Education: Texas A&M University, Wildlife & Fisheries Science, M.S., 1997 (but not a native Texan)

How I help save sallies: As the state agency herpetologist I am in charge of the conservation and management of the 120+ species of amphibians and reptiles that occur in the state of Arkansas. Read more

Evan H. Campbell Grant, Ph.D.

My job: Salamander Secret Investigator

Real title: Research Wildlife Biologist

Education: PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009

How I help save sallies: As a wildlife biologist, I conduct research on salamanders that can aid species conservation and management. Read more

Andrew Loudon

Andy gives each hellbender a bath to remove foreign bacteria before swabbing its skin.

Andy gives each hellbender a bath to remove foreign bacteria before swabbing its skin.

Institution: James Madison University

My job: Salamander Slime Collector

Real title: Graduate Student

Education:  Mount Union College, B.S., 2011. James Madison University, M.S., 2013

How I help save sallies: In the laboratory of Dr. Reid Harris, we study the microbial communities living on amphibians’ skin and how they protect against the amphibian fungal disease, chytridiomycosis. Read more