Current Projects

Annual Meetings

The Society's annual meetings bring together scientists from throughout the world to present original research in the form of papers, posters and symposia that review broad areas of interest to the advancement of knowledge and relating to the diversity, conservation and utilization of ichthyological and herpetological resources. These meetings have been held in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as well as the United States.



Copeia is an internationally respected, widely-cited quarterly that publishes original research on fishes, amphibians and reptiles, emphasizing systematics, ecology, behavior, genetics, morphology and physiology.

Special Publications

These publications are major works on museum collections, faunas and taxonomic groups.

Awards & Recognitions

Professional Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Fellows - These are members of ASIH who have attained special distinction as investigators and/or have made noteworthy contributions to the Society.
  • Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology - This prize is awarded to an individual for long-term excellence in the study of amphibian and/or reptile biology.
  • Honorary Foreign Members - This is a recognition of eminent distinction in research bestowed upon ichthyologists and herpetologists who are located outside Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  • Joint Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology - This award is given at the annual Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (JMIH) to recognize superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology.
  • Joseph S. Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in Ichthyology - This award recognizes a member for an outstanding body of work in any area of ichthyology, including, but not limited to: ecology, behavior, life history, genetics, conservation, and systematics.
  • Robert H. Gibbs, Jr. Award - This prize is given in recognition of an outstanding body of published work in systematic ichthyology by a citizen of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Robert K. Johnson Award for Excellence in Service - This award recognizes members that perform exceptional service for the Society.
  • Spiritus Award - This award recognizes excellence in service and support of natural history collections of fishes, amphibians and reptiles.

Graduate Student Grant Funds

Travel awards of $300 each ($500 for intercontinental travelers) will be awarded to help defray travel expenses to participate in the annual ASIH meeting. Selection is by a random draw of all applicants in advance of the meeting. 

There are two special bequests from members of ASIH to aid young scientists in their research activities include:

Student Awards

Two awards for high scholarly achievement also have been established by generous gifts:

Areas of Special Concern

ASIH has an active volunteer committee program that focuses on issues of special concern for science and society as they relate to knowledge of ichthyology and herpetology in a number of areas including:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Environmental Quality
  • Nomenclature
  • Scientific and Public Education
  • Scientific Research Collections, Resources and Practices
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midland watersnake coiled on a rock next to a stream
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timber rattlesnake on the ground
rattlesnake coiled next to some desert rocks