Crawfish Toad, Lithobates areolata, photo by Steve Beaupre

About ASIH

Mission Statement

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 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. The Society 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

Diversity is a dynamic, experience-enriching phenomenon that elevates excellence in all fields. 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, and socio-economic status. We strive to cultivate a society built on collaboration, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect.

The Society seeks to ensure a welcoming, safe, and accessible environment for all investigators. This environment includes physical, social, and cultural settings at its scientific meetings and the virtual environment associated with its list server and all other electronic communications. We are driven to create an inclusive environment where a diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives inspire our membership to advance scientific knowledge.