The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) is a society dedicated to the scientific study and conservation of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles.
The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists is dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. The primary emphases of the Society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields. The programs of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists are part of a global effort to interpret, understand, and conserve the Earth's natural diversity and to contribute to the wise use of natural resources for the long-term benefit of humankind.
An Overview of the Society
John Treadwell Nichols established Copeia in 1913 and published the first issues at his own expense. Named in honor of Edward Drinker Cope, this journal was one of the first to be devoted to the publication of scientific papers on fishes, amphibians and reptiles. A few years later, Nichols, Henry W. Fowler and Dwight Franklin created the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) to increase communication among ichthyologists and herpetologists and to oversee editing of Copeia. Inspired by Nichols' vision, the infant Society gradually increased in size and influence. ASIH is now the premier scientific organization dedicated to the scientific study and conservation of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. Current membership consists of approximately 2,400 scientists, students, and others. Similarly, Copeia is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious scientific journals of its kind and it can be found in over 1,000 libraries worldwide.
The Society Welcomes Diversity
The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists is dedicated to the scientific study and conservation of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles. The society welcomes and encourages participation by all individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a society built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all.