Professional Awards

Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology is awarded to an individual for long-term excellence in the study of amphibian and/or reptile biology, based principally on the quality of the awardee's research; consideration is also given to educational and service impacts of the individual's career.

Robert H. Gibbs Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Systematic Ichthyology is  awarded for "an outstanding body of published work in systematic ichthyology" to a citizen of a Western Hemisphere nation who has not been a recipient of the award.

Robert K. Johnson Award for Excellence in Service recognize members who perform exceptional service to the society.

Joint Meritorious Teaching Award in Herpetology recognizes superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of herpetology.

Honorary Foreign Members is a recognition of eminent distinction in research bestowed upon ichthyologists and herpetologists who are located outside Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Meritorious Teraching Award in Ichthyology recognizes superior teaching effectiveness and mentoring of students in the area of ichthyology.

Joseph S. Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in Ichthyology recognizes members for an outstanding body of work in any area of ichthyology, including, but not limited to: ecology, behavior, life history, genetics, conservation, and systematics.

Spiritus Award recognizes members for excellence and dedication in support of ichthyology and herpetology collections.

photo of a western cottonmouth that's in a defensive posture
photo of a western pigmy rattlesnake on a rock