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Open session      

Sunday 5 January

Time Session
09:00 - 16:00

Pre-congress workshop: An open-source hardware GPS data logger for wildlife movement studies
Matt Cross           

09:00 - 17:00 Taieri Ridge/ Macraes fieldtrip (ticketed event)
Venue: Please meet in the ISB Link Building
14:00 - 15:00 

Student paper judges meeting
Venue: St David A & B

16:00 - 18:00 Registration open
Venue: ISB Link Building

Monday 6 January

Time Session
08:00 - 12:00

Exhibition pack in
Venue: ISB Link Building

08:00 - 19:00

Registration desk open
Venue: ISB Link Building

12:00 - 13:30

Congress opening & Māori welcome (Mihi Whakatau)
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

13:30 - 14:30

Lunch amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

14:30 - 15:15

Keynote: Slowly does it: working with reptiles that may outlive their researchers
Alison Cree
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

15:15 - 15:45

Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions Species Conservation   Population & Landscape Genetics 1     X-ray Microtomography in Herpetology: A New Era of Morphological Study   Amphibian Bioacoustic Symposium   Adaptation & Evolution 2      Adaptation & Evolution 1 Novel Approaches to Science Communication & Conservation Engagement in Herpetology New & Innovative Technologies for Herpetological Research  
 Venue  St David St David A & B  St David E   St David F Castle 1  Castle 2  Burns 1   Burns 2
16:00 Evaluating long-term population age structure changes of a critically-endangered frog
Sophie McCulloch  
Sex-biased dispersal in the Asp viper
Sylvain Ursenbacher  
Evolution of dermal armour in monitor lizards (Squamata: Varanidae)
Chris Broeckhoven  
Comparison of call properties, morphometrics and genetics as clade delineating tools in North-Asian Hylid treefrogs
Amaël Borzée  
  First report of extracranial calcified endolymph in Liopholis skinks (Scincidae) and its relationship with burrowing
Rocio Aguilar
Digging into the diversification of the mantellid frogs of Madagascar (Anura: Mantellidae)
Angelica Crottini  
When the world falls in love, case study of a small frog going global
Teresa Camacho Badani
Utilizing do-it-yourself open-source technologies to make easier the life of the field herpetologist
Patrick Cain
16:05 The powerhouse of asexual cost? Endurance and mitochondrial efficiency in parthenogenetic whiptail lizards (genus: Aspidoscelis)
Randy Klabacka  
16:10 The role of variable temperatures on acclimation of thermal and performance phenotypes 
Mitchell Hodgson  
16:15 Lessons learned from 10 years of Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) conservation
Houston Chandler  
Salamander population persistence from a spatially explicit cross-ecosystem perspective
Kaori Takagi  
  Functional morphology and evolution of dorsal shields in horned frogs (Anura: Ceratophryidae)
Chris Broeckhoven
Identifying frog chorusing in environmental recordings using acoustic indices and false-colour spectrograms 
Sheryn Brodie  
  Climate change drives reptile community collapse and adaptation on Orchid Island
Wen-san Huang
Transcriptional comparison of MHC IIß1 in amphibians that are susceptible and resistant to chytrid fungus 
Minjie Fu  
 Using social media to promote positive outcomes for amphibians and reptiles
Steven Allain

Lure, Trap & Retreat! Development of a novel 'no-dig' trap for terrestrial herpetofauna
Trent Bell

16:30   Comparative phylogeography of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest leaf litter lizards (genus Enyalius)
Connor French  
  Biomechanics and morphological patterns in head-first burrowing frogs
Marta Vidal-Garcia
Acoustic communication applied for the control of invasive cane toads Rhinella marina
Kiyomi Yasumiba  
Microclimate, more than phylogeny, drives interspecific variation in heat tolerance within a subtropical anuran community
Gustavo Adolfo Agudelo Cantero  
  Evolution of antigen processing genes in salamanders
Gemma Palomar
#Frogtraits and Swamp Trolleys: new art and creative strategies in amphibian conservation and public outreach
CiCi Blumstein (Agent Amphibian) 
Citizens capturing cryptic and charismatic chelonians for conservation: photographic capture-recapture and mobile app development
Matt Cross
16:45 Using movement to inform conservation corridors for Mojave Desert Tortoises
Steven Hromada  
  Parasites driving host divergence? Recent research in a long term study of Australian sleepy lizards
Mike Gardner
Using MicroCT to investigate morphological evolution of elapid snake skulls
Emma Sherratt  
  The structural characteristics of anuran advertisement calls in different habitats
Mike Emmrich
Alpine temperatures and sex reversal of alpine Eastern three-lined skinks in South Eastern Australia 
Duminda Dissanayake  
  Local adaptation to dietary toxins shapes poison frog chemical defenses
Stephanie Caty
The importance of film for communication and outreach in the field of herpetology
Katherine Garrett  
Evaluation of a camera trapping system for detecting Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnakes
Gregory Lipps
17:00   Proteus conservation project in Croatia
Petra Kovac Konrad
  Genomic signatures of population structure and disease susceptibility in common toads
Robert Jehle
Comparative skull morphology of Leptotyphlopidae via Micro-CT images
Claudia Koch  
  Beam forming as an acoustic tool for population counts in amphibians 
Catharina Karlsson
Degrees of change: within and between population variation in phenological reaction norms in a lizard
Erik Wapstra  
Investigating molecular adaptations in dendrobatid poison frogs
Karen Siu-Ting  
Using social media to benefit herpetology, your career, and public perception of reptiles and amphibians
Jonathan Kolby
CritterPic®: A new tool for passive detection and photography of herpetofauna
Katherine Muchna
17:15   Conservation status of the Floreana racer (Pseudalsophis biserialis biserialis) in the Galapagos Islands
Luis Ortiz-Catedral
Population genetic analyses of the rediscovered Hula painted frog uncover unexpected structure
R.G. Bina Perl  
  The weird skull of Xenotyphlops and a reinterpretation of blindsnake origins
Mark D. Scherz
The relevance of bioacoustic monitoring for reassessing conservation status of bush frogs in Western Ghats
Robin Suyesh  
  Extreme temperatures and developmental instability across reptiles
Lisa Schwanz
Fluctuating toxins and the evolution of chemical defenses in a poisonous amphibian
Gary Bucciarelli  
Indigenous culture and folk taxonomy as communication and engagement tools in herpetology
Fortunate Phaka (via video)

Fine-scale density modeling of an endangered sand-dune lizard with drone mapping
Ismael Brack
17:30 Artificial retreats increase the abundance of the endemic and endangered lizard Liolaemus lutzae from Brazil 
Carlos Rocha  
  Genetic pattern of the eastern golden frog (Pelophylax plancyi) in the megacity, Shanghai
Xu Wei
Skull anatomy of a rare mid-Cretaceous tetrapod using HRCT data
Juan Diego Daza  
Let the little guys speak! Anuran community ecology and calling acoustics in windfarms
Cory Trowbridge  
  Transcriptomics of viviparity and long egg retention in a bimodally reproductive skink (Saiphos equalis)
Camilla Whittington
  Electric blue: novel toxins in long-glanded Calliophis sidestep neurotoxic arms race
Daniel Dashevsky

Open Croaks: 

'Q+A' session 

Cici Blumstein

(Agent Amphibian)

Experimental eradication of invasive Brown Treesnakes with an automated bait manufacturing and aerial delivery system
Shane Siers

17:45   Genetic population assignment as a tool for identifying geographic origin of trafficked freshwater turtles
Matthew Young  
High throughput microCT scanning of small fossils: an example using Australian herpetofauna
Christy Hipsley  
    Twofold stealth; a new perspective on anti-predatory repertoires
Ashadee Miller  


18:00 - 19:30

Welcome reception amongst exhibition (all delegates)
Venue: ISB Link Building

Tuesday 7 January

Time Session
08:00 - 19:00

Registration open
Venue: ISB Link Building

08:30 - 09:15

Keynote: Ecology, behaviour, and conservation of Southeast Asian amphibians: what can we learn from the Island of Borneo
Ulmar Grafe
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

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Concurrent sessions Behavioural Ecology 1    Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 1    Emerging Frontiers in Sex Chromosome Evolution    Ecological Interactions 1   Moving Herpetofauna in the Right Direction Part I: Conservation Translocations Adaptation & Evolution 3
Ecophysiology 1 Amphibian Disease Susceptibility in a Changing World 
 Venue St David  St David A & B  St David E St David F   Castle 1  Castle 2 Burns 1  Burns 2   
09:30 Sticky fingers: microhabitat choice, adhesive performance and toe-pad morphology in velvet geckos (genus: Oedura)
Lin Schwarzkopf  
  Chromosome diversity in Malagasy reptiles: an evolutionary perspective from available data and new chameleon karyotypes
Marcello Mezzasalma
  Sex chromosome evolution in snakes and lizards
Tony Gamble
Anuran larvae disperse seeds and enhance germination of aquatic plants
Ivan Gomez-Mestre  
Challenges, desperation and hope: a review of herpetofauna conservation translocations
Luke Linhoff
Rapid differentiation of sexual signals in Cane toads Rhinella marina
Kiyomi Yasumiba
The future of Western Pond Turtles: what might climate change do?
David Germano
Global impacts of chytridiomycosis on amphibians
Ben Scheele

09:45 Which shade of yellow? A preliminary study of dorsal pattern determinants in aposematic salamanders
Raoul Manenti   
Integrative taxonomy of the rock gecko Cnemaspis siamensis species complex (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in southern Thailand
Natee Ampai  
Uncovering the mechanisms and drivers of the rapid transitions among frog sex chromosomes
Dan Jeffries  
Putative mutualistic symbiosis between an ant and a snake
Yosuke Kojima  
Modeling strategies and evaluating success during repatriations of elusive and endangered species
Brian Folt
  Evolution of caudal luring behavior in Crotalinae Oppel, 1811 (Serpentes: Viperidae)
Aída Giozza
Metabolic heat in sea turtle nests, does it matter?
Malindi Gammon
The amphibian chytrid fungus in New Zealand
Phil Bishop

10:00 Is rapid colour change in Raukawa geckos (Woodworthia maculata) an adaptation to predator avoidance?
Florence Kelly  
Integrative approach using phylogenomics and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography for species delimitation in cryptic taxa
Jane Melville  
Sex chromosomes in reptiles are more stable than thought
Lukáš Kratochvíl  
Nature's pitfall trap: salamanders as rich prey for carnivorous plants in a nutrient-poor bog ecosystem
Patrick Moldowan  
Learning from UK conservation translocations of Pelophylax lessonae
Jim Foster
Ecomorphological diversity in natricine snake
Simon Loader
Can tuatara offset a male-biased sex ratio wtih behavioural changes?
Lin lin Liu
Amphibian "silent spring": the catastrophic collapse of a mega-diverse community at La Planada Reserve, Colombia 
Patricia Burrowes

10:15 Effect of moon phase on nocturnal snake activity
Kevin Messenger  
    Evolution of sex-chromosomes within species – a case study in the Australian Marbled Gecko
Rebecca Laver
Varanus rosenbergi and Nasutitermes exitiosis: commensalism symbiosis?
Peggy Rismiller  
Preparing for reintroduction: behavioral and morphological fitness of captive-bred amphibians produced from cryopreserved sperm
Sinlan Poo
  A Neogene carettocheliid turtle from Sarawak, Malaysia
Arthur White
Endocrine disruption alters developmental body condition, energy allocation, and juvenile performance in Rana temporaria
Katharina Ruthsatz
Linking host life history, landscape ecology, and climate to predict epizootics in Brazilian terrestrial-breeding amphibians
C. Guilherme Becker

10:30 - 11:00

Morning tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions So Many Snakes (plus Lizards & Toads) in so Little Time: Celebrating the Career of Rick Shine.   Citizen & Cultural Science     Emerging Frontiers in Sex Chromosome Evolution     Climate Change & Shifting Phenology in Amphibians: Causes and Consequences Moving Herpetofauna in the Right Direction Part I: Conservation Translocations Phylogeography & Biogeography of Neotropical Herpetofauna
Behavioural Ecology 2
Amphibian Disease Susceptibility in a Changing World
 Venue St David  St David A & B  St David E    St David F Castle 1  Castle 2  Burns 1   Burns 2  

Tracy Langkilde

Forays into understanding mate choice in herps
Tracy Langkilde 

  Use and traditional knowledge of endemic chelonians of the Mapimi Bolson in northern Mexico.
Rosalinda Palomo & Ana Gatica
  Six sex-chromosomes in a Taiwanese frog
Ikuo Miura
  A global synthesis of phenological responses to climate change in amphibians and other animal taxa 
Jeremy Cohen
Reintroduction efforts for two species of Panamanian Harlequin frogs (genus: Atelopus) threatened by chytrid fungus
Blake Klocke
Biogeography and the timing of anole lizard diversification
Richard Glor

Food, not friend: tadpoles of the sandpaper frog, Lechriodus fletcheri, cannibalise conspecific eggs

John Gould

When chytrid fungus invades: Integrating theory and data to understand disease-induced amphibian declines
Cherie Briggs

11:15    Shining the light on a career full of sex, conflicts, and transgender tactics
Mats Olsson (via video) 
Documenting frog distributions using mobile phones and citizen scientists 
Renata Platenberg  
Shared ancient sex chromosomes in varanids, beaded lizards and alligator lizards
Michail Rovatsos  
Large-scale monitoring of breeding phenology in tropical and temperate anurans: insights for climate change research
Diego Llusia  
LIFE Trito Montseny: The conservation toolbox for an endemic newt (Calotriton arnoldi)
Gerardo Garcia
Phylogenomics of the South American Liolaemus lizards demonstrates rapid radiation and rampant reticulation
Damien Esquerré

Urban plums and toads: do fleshy fruits affect the post-metamorphic growth of amphibians?
Mikolaj Kaczmarski

Understanding amphibian declines in complex environments
Lesley Alton  

11:30 The return to an aquatic life,  propulsive thrust of swimming in terrestrial and marine snakes
Xavier Bonnet  
Using citizen science to reduce detection times for invasive reptiles and amphibians 
Greg Pauly  
Sex Chromosome homologies across dragons (Squamata:Agamidae)
Shayer Alam  
  Warming, green-up, breeding phenology and development in the wood frog: a 20-year study
Andis Arietta &Dave Skelly 
Survival and recovery of amphibian populations post Bd-emergence can inform strategies for conservation translocations
Steven Whitfield
Phenotypic and life-history diversification in Anomaloglossus despite past introgressions
Antoine Fouquet 

Metabarcoding as a tool to determine feeding behavior of the European pond turtle
Sylvain Ursenbacher

Anthropogenic changes in distribution and severity of disease caused by ranaviruses affecting UK common frogs
Trenton Garner  

11:35 Sex is determined by XX/XY sex chromosomes in Australasian side-necked turtles (Testudines: Chelidae)
Sofia Mazzoleni  



11:45  Sea snake research in New Caledonia
Claire Goiran  
  ZZ/ZW sex chromosomes in the granite night lizard (Scincoidea: Xantusiidae)
Stuart Nielsen  
Impacts of increasing phenological variability on salamander demography and pond community dynamics
Thomas Anderson  
Mitigating chytrid fungus: successful translocation of a highly susceptible frog species to an environmental refuge
David Hunter
Winter ambushing site fidelity of individual pit vipers (Ovophis okinavensis) over 22 years
Akira Mori  
Impacts of the developmental environment on amphibian disease susceptibility
Michel Ohmer


12:00 - 13:00

Lunch amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

12:15 - 12:45

Film: Amphibians of the Appalachian Mountains
Venue: Castle 1 


Concurrent sessions So Many Snakes (plus Lizards & Toads) in so Little Time: Celebrating the Career of Rick Shine.     Editors' Symposium
  Climate Change & Shifting Phenology in Amphibians: Causes and Consequences Moving Herpetofauna in the Right Direction Part I: Conservation Translocations Adaptation & Evolution 4 (colour)
Ecology 1
Amphibian Disease Susceptibility in a Changing World
 Venue St David St David A & B St David E St David F  Castle 1 Castle 2  Burns 1  Burns 2  
13:00 Between a rock and a hard place: conservation of the endangered broad-headed snake
Jonathan Webb  
    Presentations from editors on manuscript preparation, editorial processes, peer review and issues on herpetological publishing. 
Includes a Q & A session
Hinrich Kaiser
  Identifying climatic drivers of breeding and emigration phenology in an imperiled salamander
Katie O'Donnell

Can increased environmental salinity facilitate the reintroduction of a chytrid-susceptible species?
Kaya Klop-Toker

The genetic basis of anole dewlap color, a diverse trait in an adaptive radiation
Pietro Longo Hollanda de Mello
Comparison of population and life-history traits of the Western Pond Turtle across its linear range
David Germano  
Tolerance and resistance in defence against amphibian chytridiomycosis
Laura Grogan  

13:15   The long-term impact of cane toads on Australia's large varanids
Lachlan Pettit
Shifting breeding phenology and the role of photoperiod as a developmental cue under climate change
Michael Benard   

Temporary translocation to dodge the chytrid bullet: The Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center strategy
Jonathan Kolby

  Experimentally testing the evolutionary drivers of a colorful signal in Anolis lizards
John David Curlis
Highlights of long-term studies of endemic New Zealand frogs (Anura: Leiopelmatidae) over several decades
Ben Bell
  How does it end? Shifts in chytridiomycosis disease dynamics over time
Jamie Voyles
13:30   Toads less travelled: an overview of the ecology of cane toads in New South Wales
Matthew Greenlees
Do early phenological shifts affect growth and development across life stages in a widespread amphibian?
Hilary Rollins  

Applying species traits that predict invasiveness to inform probability of success for herpetofauna conservation translocations
Melia Nafus      

Crypsis or camaraderie: unlocking signals in the colour pattern polymorphism of an Australian lizard
Genevieve Matthews
   Ecological and genetic variation of the distribution of various species of amphibians at the southern border of their distribution
Gad Degani
Integrating ecotoxicology and art to understand and communicate how human activities influence amphibian disease susceptibility
Jessica Hua  
13:45 Testing the enemy release hypothesis: the global spread of Cane Toads as an accidental experiment
Crystal Kelehear  
The toad's year: environmental cues of amphibian phenology
David Green  

Conservation of the Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus)
Luis Ortiz-Catedral

Being cool is hot: substrate heat capacity influences ventral color evolution in lizards
Jonathan Goldenberg  
  Nonlinear body size cline in a salamander: patterns due to latitudinal compensation and its prevention
Hisanori Okamiya
Amphibian immunity, temperature, and disease: A balancing act between host and pathogen
Louise Rollins-Smith  
14:00   Revealing patterns in cane toad chorusing using long-term acoustic monitoring
Lin Schwarzkopf
 Effects of experimental warming on hibernation behavior of amphibian populations
Yiming Li  

Looking back and leaping forward: New Zealand native frog translocations and future priorities
Sally Wren

  Using frog genomes in evolutionary genomics: understanding the genetics and evolution of poison-dart frog coloration
Roberto Marquez
Evaluating aerial descent in the flap-legged geckos (genus Luperosaurus) of the Philippines
Matthew Heinicke
14:15 Apex reptilian predators in Northern Australia: can landscape CTA training curb cane toad impacts
Georgia Ward-Fear  
Presentations from editors on manuscript preparation, editorial processes, peer review and issues on herpetological publishing. 
Includes a Q & A session
Hinrich Kaiser  
Michael Benard  



Fine-scale evolution of aposematism in poison frogs
Rebecca Tarvin

Population structure of the Morelet's Crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in the region of Calakmul, Campeche, Mexico
Robert Jehle

Proactive conservation: developing strategies to combat the salamander-eating fungus
Molly Bletz  
14:20  Ecological aspects of Gerrhonotus infernalis in Parque Ecológico Chipinque, Nuevo León, México
Margarita García Bastida  
14:25 Aspects of the ecology of two freshwater turtle species in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Cormac Price  
14:30   Influence of incubation environment on lizard learning
Martin Whiting
Antipredator defenses promote morphological evolution in uropeltid snakes
Vivek Cyriac
Predicting future range shifts of a stream indicator species, Rhyacotriton variegatus, under climate change
Gwendolynn Bury  
An interaction between climate change and infectious disease
drove widespread amphibian declines
Jeremy Cohen    
14:45 Adaptive responses of the embryos of oviparous reptiles to spatial and temporal variations in nest temperatures
Weiguo Du  
Diversification of melanosome shape is linked to physiological shifts in vertebrate taxa
Matthew Shawkey

Anuran thermal preferences in health and disease: considerations on a complex problem
Carlos Arturo Navas  
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions   So Many Snakes (plus Lizards & Toads) in so Little Time: Celebrating the Career of Rick Shine.   Behavioural Ecology 3     Adaptation & Evolution 5 (Behaviour)
Adaptation & Evolution 6 (Morphology)

Conservation Biology 1 

Amphibian Disease Susceptibility in a Changing World

 Venue St David St David A & B  Castle 1  Castle 2  Burns 1  Burns 2   
15:30   High-country herpetology: insights from a 20-year ecological study of alpine lizards
Melanie Elphick
  Proximate factors that elicit centipede-eating behavior of a Japanese Pit Viper
Kyosuke Hamanaka
Metamorphosing strategy of stream tadpoles
Noriko Iwai
Comparative embryology of the VNO and associated structures in squamate reptiles: a 3D approach
Pawel Kaczmarek 
Assessing avian predation on New Zealand's lizard fauna using 3D-printed replicas
Brittany Florence-Bennett 
Genomic approaches to amphibian conservation
Tiffany Kosch




15:35 Foraging strategy of feeding on sea turtle hatchlings and eggs on Okinawa Island
Kazumasa Matsumoto
15:40   Life on the edge - Green and Golden Bell Frogs at in a coastal lake
Francis Lemckert
15:45   Effects of population density and timing of hatching on phenotypic selection in an invasive lizard
Daniel Warner
  Using camera traps (NEWTRAP) to produce efficiently high-resolution time series of newt observations
Xavier Mestdagh
Variation on the atlas- axis complex in Gekkota
Brittany Cornell 
The necessity of long-term data for quantification of recovery of long-lived species of conservation concern
Jacqueline Litzgus 
MHC associated differential survival to infection of two strains of Batrachochytrium dendrobatitis in common toads
Jacob Hoglund     
15:50 Morphology, performance, and ecology of three sympatric turtles in a tropical dry forest
Taggert Butterfield   
15:55 Quantity discrimination of an Asian freshwater turtle (Geoemydidae: Mauremys sinensis)
Feng-Chun Lin  
16:00   Is Rick Shine really a cognitive neuroscientist in disguise?
James Shine
Hide or escape? Variations in escape behaviour of three North East Asian anurans
Yoonjung Yi  
Phenotypic plasticity and rapid adaption drive response to invasive predators in a threatened frog
Andrea Melotto 

Snakelike forms, a buried diversity: head shape evolved in association with burrowing substrate in fossorial lizards
Vinicius Anelli 
Captive incubation boosts recovery of a relict tuatara population
Susan Keall
Bad neighbours? Amphibian chytrid fungus infection dynamics in three frog species of Sydney
Jordann Crawford-Ash  

16:15   When research zeal collides with family life
Terri Shine
Toads or fireflies? Which do Asian natricine snakes prefer as a source of steroidal toxins?
Masaya Fukuda   
Co-evolutionary history matters: competition strength between introduced frogs and native toads on Haida Gwaii, Canada  
Roseanna Gamlen-Greene  

Skull variation within a clade of miniaturized snakes from Australia (Squamata: Typhlopidae: Anilios)
Rebecca Laver 
Evaluating the effectiveness of a 15-year headstarting programme for wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta
Damien Mullin 
16:30 A life in science, as seen in the rear-view mirror of an increasingly slow-moving vehicle
Rick Shine  
 Breaking the law: sexual mate choice behavior of female European common frogs
Carolin Dittrich  
Restinga - the north coast of Bahia sand dune herpetofauna, Brazil
Moacir Tinoco  
16:45 - 17:00 Delegates move to plenary session 
17:00 - 17:45 Keynote: Adventures in amphibian conservation: from scientific expeditions to citizen science
Jodi Rowley
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

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18:00 - 19:00

Poster session, odd poster board numbers presented
Venue: The Common Room, ISB Link Building

19:00 - 20:00  Australian Society of Herpetologists Annual General Meeting (members only)
Venue: Castle 1 
19:00 - 20:30   WCH Executive and IHC joint meeting (members only)
Venue: St David A & B

Wednesday 8 January

Time Session
08:00 - 19:00

Registration open
Venue: ISB Link Building

08:30 - 09:15

Keynote: Sound communication in aquatic turtles
Camila Ferrara
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

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Concurrent sessions    Ecological Interactions 2   Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 2   New Perspectives on Biology of Sea Snakes   Biology & Conservation of Paedomorphosis in Amphibians    Ecophysiology 2   Moving Herpetofauna in the Right Direction Part II: Translocations & Tools To Mitigate For Development   Diversity & Distributions 1
Education, Outreach & Citizen Science
 Venue St David   St David A & B   St David E   St David F   Castle 1   Castle 2 Burns 1
Burns 2
09:30 Investigating patterns of ecomorphological diversification and convergence in savannas from Australia and Brazil
Jessica Fenker  
  History and geography resolve a problem in African Sand Frog taxonomy (Tomopterna)
Alan Channing
Harold Heatwole & Kate Sanders  
Diversification via paedomorphosis in salamanders 
Ronald Bonett  
Ecophysiological variation in lizards better explained by proximate or distal environmental predictors?
Rodolfo AndersonIs  
Mitigating for development: where are we at and where are we going?
Jennifer Germano
The role of paleogeographic history in the evolution of Afro-Arabian squamate reptiles: a large-scale perspective
Hector Tejero-Cicuendez
The role of education in amphibian conservation
Marcileida Maria Dos Santos
(via video) 
09:45 Competition and resources shape multidimensional trophic niche overlap in Brazilian thin-toed frogs (Leptodactylus sp)
Travis Ingram  
An update and taxonomic review of snakes housed in the herpetological collection from Auckland Museum
María Hoyos  
The species status of the viviparous sea snakes
Arne Rasmussen  
Lifetime fitness, sex-specific life history, and the maintenance of a polyphenism
Thomas Anderson
Maternal effect as an adaptation to drought in a desert-dwelling oviparous lizard
Yang Wang  
How can mitigation guidelines be applied effectively?
Lea Randall

Diversification and biodiversity dynamics of the Arabian squamate reptiles

Jiri Smid

Online instruction of herpetology for gifted students
Allison Metler

10:00 Disentangling the mechanisms behind lizard-spinifex relationships
Kristian Bell  
The status of caecilian (Amphibia: Gymnophiona) collections at the Natural History Museum, London, UK
Rachunliu Gaiduwan Kamei  
 Diversification dynamics in viviparous sea snakes 
Kate Sanders  
Conservation ecology of facultative paedomorphosis in newts in a world of introduced alien species
Mathieu Denoël  
Thermal biology of Pristimantis medemi along an altitudinal gradient in the Colombian Andes
Andres Aponte  
Past and present status of development mitigation for herpetofauna in the UK
Richard Griffiths
Contribution to the herpetofauna of south-eastern Angola 
Werner Conradie

Community engagement in amphibian and reptile research as a path for the new century
Maureen Donnelly

10:05  Niche differentiation of two coexisting tadpoles on Emei Mountain
Zhao Tian   
10:10  Family specific herbivory in West-African Sabre-toothed Frogs
Marvin Schäfer  
10:15  Savanna survival: how fire regimes. livestock grazing and predation by feral cats affects small - medium reptile survival in north-west Australian savanna.
Eridani Mulder
Johann Gottlob Schneider's Historiae Amphibiorum (1799-1801), a seminal contribution to herpetology
Aaron Bauer  
The evolution and development of microcephalic sea snakes
Emma Sherratt   
Rediscovering the axolotl as a model for paedomorphosis
Randal Voss  
Climatic preferences of a sand lizard population (Lacerta agilisLinnaeus 1758) in western Germany
Dennis Rödder  
A novel approach to addressing development impacts on Triturus cristatus, a strictly protected UK amphibian
Jim Foster
Using crowd-sourced data for conservation: the Idaho Amphibian and Reptile iNaturalist Project
Charles Peterson
10:20 Present and recent past habitat suitability ranges of northeast Asian treefrogs using maximum entropy models
Desiree Andersen  
10:25 The diversity of Short-legged Toad (Anura: Megophryidae: Megophrys) in China
Yao Li  
10:30 - 11:00

Morning tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions Beyond CTmax & CTmin: Advances in Studying the Thermal Limits of Reptiles & Amphibians.     New Perspectives on Biology of Sea Snakes     Biology & Conservation of Paedomorphosis in Amphibians Amphibian Conservation in the Anthropocene – Challenges, priorities, & Solutions for the Human Epoch   Moving Herpetofauna in the Right Direction Part II: Translocations & Tools to Mitigate for Development  Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis 1
Education & Outreach
 Venue St David St David A & B  St David E   St David F   Castle 1   Castle 2  Burns 1 Burns 2 
11:00 How temperature variation drives latitudinal differences in ectotherm sensitivity to heat extremes during warming
Alex Gunderson  
  Using high throughput sequencing to elucidate the evolutionary history of sea snakes
James Nankivell
  Spatiotemporal variability of paedomorphosis in Ambystoma talpoideum across two metapopulations
Thomas Anderson
  Amphibian decline in the Anthropocene: knowledge and uncertainties
David Green
Lizard mitigation in New Zealand
Jennifer Germano

Cross-continental, interlineage competition and virulence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis

Trenton Garner

Progress report on herpetological sampling and oVert (Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D)
Gregory Watkins-Colwell

11:15 Will the world be too hot for Lepidosauria to survive?
Luisa Diele-Viegas  
Variations of jaw size across genetically homogenous sea snake populations reveal phenotypic plasticity
Xavier Bonnet   
Ecological divergence of the eastern newt, Notophthalmus viridescens
Mizuki Takahashi  
Multiple kinds of success in amphibian conservation
Evan Grant  
Walking the line: balancing the needs of wildlife and development
Jacqui Wairepo & Dylan Van Winkel
Resolving Batrachochytrium dendrobatidislineage distribution and ecology in South Africa
Pria Ghosh


11:30 Adaptive radiation in the multidimensional phenotype
Brooke Bodensteiner  
It came from the land: venom variation in aquatic snakes relative to terrestrial ancestors
Bryan Fry   
Functional diversity of predators drive variable trait- and density-mediated effects on prey life history
Jason Bohenek  
  Accounting for uncertainty: pathogen detection and management of amphibian disease
Brittany Mosher
Does mandating mitigation translocations result in conservation benefits?
Ox Lennon

Ancestral chytrid pathogen remains hypervirulent following its long co-evolution with amphibian hosts

Bruce Waldman

Positive perceptions of the enigmatic Eastern Hellbender Salamander: content analysis of historical to current media
Shem Unger

11:45 Ecophysiology predicts the fundamental niche of native and invasive populations of the African Clawed Frog
Dennis Rödder  

Does size structure in a facultatively paedomorphic predator (Ambystoma talpoideum) alter prey density and diversity?
Cy Mott


  The importance of scale in amphibian conservation: species responses to fragmentation 
Staci Amburgey
Is habitat enhancement for reptile conservation a viable strategy in pest-invaded landscapes?
Sarah Herbert

Habitat fragmentation reduces genetic diversity and increases susceptibility to infections in frogs of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Anat Belasen

Overcoming human-herpetofauna conflict using snakebite as a case-study
Allwin Jesudasan

 The use of social media to educate and increase awareness of snakes
Hiral Naik
Microscopic and macroscopic photography: bringing the small to the world
Mark Smith  
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

12:15 - 12:45 Film: Herpetological namesakes
Venue: Castle 1
Concurrent sessions   Beyond CTmax &  CTmin: Advances in Studying the Thermal Limits of Reptiles & Amphibians.   Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 3 New Perspectives on Biology of Sea Snakes       Amphibian Conservation in the Anthropocene – Challenges, priorities, & Solutions for the Human Epoch Moving Herpetofauna in the Right Direction Part II: Translocations & Tools to Mitigate for Development  Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis 2
Conservation Ecology 1
 Venue St David  St David A & B    St David E   St David F   Castle 1   Castle 2
Burns 1 Burns 2
13:00 Factors affecting the thermal tolerance of reptile embryos: lessons from Anolislizards
Joshua Hall  
  Expedition in search of Asian pit-vipers through China: field survey and systematic study (Viperidae, Crotalinae)
Jingsong Shi
The paradox of stenotopy and eurytopy in the Yellow-Lipped Sea Krait, Laticauda colubrina
Harold Heatwole   
  Optimising habitat management for amphibians: from simple models to complex decisions
Geoff Heard  
Salvage, translocation and radio-telemetry of ngahere geckos (Mokopirirakau 'southern North Island') to Mana Island, NZ
Trent Bell
Did Bd-CAPE drive the Kihansi spray toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis) to extinction in the wild? 
Thomas Sewell
Distribution, occupancy, and habitat associations of grassland-associated reptile and amphibian species in Northwest Arkansas
Ethan Royal
13:15 Low embryonic heat tolerance increases vulnerability to climate change in low-latitude lizards
Baojun Sun  
Phylogenetic relationships in the slug-eater snakes, Duberria(Lamprophiidae)
Shelley Edwards  
  Sea snakes of the Sahul Shelf: spatial temporal changes and threats, 1993 to 2017
Mick Guinea 
Understanding probabilities of movement at different scales to inform conservation strategies
Erin Muths  
Assessing wildlife translocation proposals: the Victorian experience
Kim Miller
Understanding limits to recruitment can help inform chytrid fungus mitigation strategies
Matt West
Species diversity, distribution and microhabitat preferences of anurans in Mount Kalatungan, Bukidnon, Central Mindanao Philippines
Von Carlo Dela Torre
13:30 Behavioral and physiological responses of desert lizards to climate change
Weiguo Du  
Phylogenetics and undiscovered diversity of the Mexican leopard frogs
Anne Chambers  
Harold Heatwole & Kate Sanders
Leiopelma conservation: progress and key uncertainties  
Phil Bishop  
Role of research reintroductions in successful habitat restoration of threatened amphibians
Michael Mahony

Associations between the fungal and bacterial microbiomes of frogs, with implications for disease management
Donald McKnight

The contribution of wetland succession to declines of threatened amphibians
Angela Burrow
13:45 A new explanation for the evolution of TSD provides broad insight into thermal limits of reptiles
Njal Rollinson  
Phylogenetic relationship of Cyrtodactylus pulchellus complex in Thailand: implication for taxonomic status
Korkhwan Termprayoon  
Finding needles in haystacks: using niche models to locate previously unknown population of sea snakes
Vinay Udyawer   
  Conserving Panamanian Harlequin Frogs by integrating captive-breeding and research programs
Brian Gratwicke
Outcome bias of auditory survey methods may negatively affect detectability of anurans
Alex Callen
Elevated salinity blocks amphibian chytrid transmission and improves host survival: implications for translocations
Simon Clulow
Context-dependent effects of non-native vegetation on amphibian development in prairie ecosystems
Chelsea Kross
14:00 It's getting hot in here: predicting how diving ectotherms will be impacted by climate warming
Essie Rodgers  

Integrating underwater surveys, telemetry and citizen science to understand drivers of movement in sea snakes
Claire Goiran   
  Facilitated discussion
Evan Grant
Use of photorecognition and habitat manipulation in mitigation and post-development monitoring
Liam Russell
  A Wildlife Vaccine Campaign: caccinating amphibians against the chytrid fungus
Taegan McMahon
Permanent water body provides micro-refuge for frogs in a fire prone landscape 
Dean Lenga
14:15   Unraveling the role of body size in thermal maxima
Emily Taylor 
A global phylogeny of monitor lizards, and the contribution of competition to extreme size disparity
Ian Brennan  
  Evolutionary loss of drinking response in marine snakes
Harold Heatwole
    Survival strategies of the chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidiswithin and outside its amphibian host
Michael San Francisco
Is vegetation mapping a suitable proxy for predicting occupancy of threatened frogs?
Grant Webster
14:30 What mechanism sets thermal tolerance in reptiles and amphibians?
Rory Telemeco   
A new Approach to Building the amphibian tree of life
Ana Serra Silva  
Harold Heatwole & Kate Sanders  
Indirect terrestrial transmission of chytrid fungus from reservoir to susceptible host species causes fatal chytridiomycosis 
Thomas Burns
Conservation status of the world's skinks: geographic and taxonomic patterns in extinction risk
David Chapple 
14:45 Two tests of the hierarchical mechanisms of thermal limitation hypothesis in lizards
Eric Gangloff   
  What have we learned from the tree of herps?
Luke Harmon
Variation of the skin bacterial community and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidisinfection in the frog Philoria loveridgei
Mariel Familiar  
Sister newt species facing landscape changes: comparing key landscape features and resilience patterns
Bernardo Antunes
15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions Beyond CTmax & CTmin: Advances in Studying the Thermal Limits of Reptiles & Amphibians.   Diversity & Distributions 2     Reproductive Biology Amphibian Disease & Ecology   Amphibian Conservation in the Anthropocene – Challenges, Priorities, & Solutions for the Human Epoch   Population Ecology & Monitoring Behavioural Ecology 4
Adaption & Evolution 7
 Venue St David  St David A & B   St David E St David F   Castle 1   Castle 2   Burns 1  Burns 2 
15:30 Discussion and writing for Special Issue
Rory Telemeco  
  Population trends of European amphibians and reptiles are jointly determined by multiple drivers
Mattia Falaschi
The evolution of direct development in Southeast Asian Rhacophorid frogs (Anura, Rhacophoridae, Philautus)
Laurence Etter  
A meta-analysis reveals temperature, dose, life stage, and taxonomy influence host susceptibility to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Erin Sauer  
Facilitated Discussion continued
Evan Grant  
Latest news of environmental DNA metabarcoding approach for monitoring amphibian species in tropical forests
Carla M Lopes

Seasonal dynamics and calling behaviour of the terrestrial-breeding microhylid Cophixalus australis 
Ross Alford

Biomechanical modeling of turtle jaws: linking brevirostry and edentulism in Testudines
Domenic D'Amore 
15:45 What determines the range margins of the Delicate Skink (Lampropholis delicata)?
Jules Farquhar  
  Optimising captive recovery for the critically endangered Baw Baw frog
Deon Gilbert
Evaluating environmental-DNA as a tool for detecting an amphibian pathogen using an optimized extraction method 
Laura Brannelly  
Social networking of the Otago Skink (Oligosoma otagense) at Orokonui Ecosanctuary
Vanitha Elangovan

Diurnal calling behaviour in the nocturnal túngara frog (Engystomops pustulosus) on Isla Taboga, Panama
Heather Gray  

Evolutionary trajectories of a shell-adapted respiratory apparatus: the turtle dilemma(s)
Markus Lambertz
15:50 Occupancy modeling as an approach to evaluate effectiveness of conservation translocations in a temperate-zone rattlesnake
Jonathan Choquette
15:55   Conclusions and future directions
Evan Grant 
The snake that made it back on its own: recolonization by the Puerto Rican Racer
Renata Platenberg
16:00 Ecological and environmental drivers of global diversity patterns in lizards
Alex Skeels  
Sex or candy? Neuroendocrine mechanisms of seasonal life-history transitions in garter snakes
Deborah Lutterschmidt  
Behavioral changes throughout the Span of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans(Bsal) infection in various salamander species
Gordon Burghardt  
  High variability in Red Tree Frog advertisement calls may act as buffer to anthropogenic disturbance
Brittany Mitchell
The unexpected genetic mating system of a terrestrial breeding toadlet (Pseudophryne coriacea)
Daniel O'Brien
Comparative studies of egg tooth development in squamate reptiles
Mateusz Hermyt 
16:05 Conservation Project: uncovering the well-kept secrets of Lachesis stenophrys ecology
Laura Ruysseveldt Bushmaster
16:10 Using red fox (Vulpes vulpes) behaviour to protect Bell's turtle (Myuchelys bellii) nests in Australia
Geoffrey Hughes
16:15 Climate extremes, variability and trade shape biogeographical patterns of herpetological fauna in the Anthropocene 
Xuan Liu  
How to (un)make a sexy snake: suppression of female pheromone production via steroid action
Rocky Parker  
  Look, that salamander is being eaten alive! 
Debra Miller
Agricultural intensification driven landscape modification as determinants of herpetofaunal abundance
Deyatima Ghosh

Genetic benefits of extreme sequential polyandry in a terrestrial-breeding frog
Phillip Byrne

Intertwined evolution of swimming, morphology and microhabitat in tree frogs from the subfamily Hylinae
Itzue Caviedes - Solis 
16:20   Implementing of environmental DNA detection method in the surveillance of amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
David Lastra Gonzalez
Habitat assessment for the reintroduction of the agile frog in a human-dominated landscape 
Louise Masters
16:30   Cryptic diversity and evolution of Asian horned toads (Megophryidae)
Jinmin Chen  
Effects of polyandrous mating on fertilization, embryo survival and offspring development in the emerald treefrog
Yuan-cheng Cheng   

Bioacoustics reveal the calling activity of an endangered frog (Philoria kundagungan) in response to climate
David Newell
Sexual dimorphism and reproductive ecology of the South-American rattlesnake, Crotalus durissusin the Brazilian Cerrado
María Hoyos   

How do lizards run bipedally? On the mechanisms for bipedal locomotion in Australian agamids
Nicholas Wu


16:40 Re-regeneration to reduce negative effects associated with tail loss in lizards
James Barr  
 16:45  Delegates move to plenary session
17:00 - 17:45

Keynote: Life on the edge – unlocking the secrets of a Lost World
Philippe Kok
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

18:00 - 19:00

Poster session, even poster board numbers presented
Venue: The Common Room, ISB Link Building

19:00 - 20:00

WCH Annual General Meeting & Presentations of bids to Host WCH10 (all delegates)
Venue: Castle 1 & Castle 2 (video streamed)

Thursday 9 January

Time Session 
08:00 - 18:00

Registration open
Venue: ISB Link Building

 08:30 - 09:15

Keynote: The evolutionary ecology of family living in lizards
Geoff While
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed) 

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Concurrent sessions Recovering Amphibian & Reptile Species from the Brink of Extinction: Developing Best-Practice Guidelines      Biology of the Frog Family Microhylidae Conservation Biology 2     Genetic & Genomic methods Temperature, Moisture & Environmental Change: Conservation Physiology of Lepidosaurs in an Age of Climate Disruption Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 4
Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans   

 Venue St David  St David A & B   St David E St David F  Castle 1   Castle 2 Burns 1   Burns 2  
09:30   Better together: collaborative planning in threatened species recovery
Sally Wren 
Marta Vidal - Gacia  
A review of the conservation status of the Galapagos Islands terrestrial snakes (Pseudalsophis spp)
Luis Ortiz-Catedral  
    Novel, cost efficient and minimally destructive methodology for sequencing mitochondrial genomes of historical museum specimens 
Stephen Mahony
 Modeling incubation microclimates to predict impacts of climate change on embryonic development in tuatara
Anna Carter
Detecting selection in urban dragons with a comparison of neutral markers and quantitative trait divergence  
Nicola Kent

Germany, the hotspot of Bsal emergence
Michael Veith

09:45   Archey's frog - an evolutionarily distinct and long-lived terrestrial frog at risk in New Zealand
Ben Bell 
The past, present, and future of research on Madagascar's microhylids
Mark D. Scherz  
  Stream-riparian forest management for herpetofauna: Beyond Best Management Practices
Deanna (Dede) Olson
Benchmarking tissue preservation methods for ultra-high molecular weight DNA and long-read genome sequencing technologies
Hollis Dahn  
Cellular and whole-organism effects of prolonged vs. acute heat stress in a montane, desert lizard
Jeanine Refsnider 
Re-assessment of taxonomy and geographic distribution of Fejervarya cancrivoracomplex from Thailand and nearby countries
Siriporn Yodthong
Broad host range of Batrachochytrium salamandrivoransequates to high invasion probability in North America 
Matthew Gray

 10:00   The conservation management of Grand and Otago skinks as a case study
James Reardon
Snakebite envenoming and rattlesnake conservation vulnerability zones in the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico
Jesús Mauricio Rodríguez Canseco  
  A non-invasive in situ underwater DNA sampling method applied to the olm (Proteus anguinus)
Judit Vörös
 Crossroads or tipping points: does thermal melanism hypothesis hold across lizards of different body size?
Federico Massetti
  Macroevolution and taxonomy of Oriental Brown Frogs (Rana spp.) across the East-Palearctic
Siti Norhidayah Binti Othman
Winter is coming: temperature dependent virulence of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans
Edward Carter  


10:15 Restoring the Critically Endangered mountain chicken in the face of chytridiomycosis 
Jeff Dawson  
Analysis of ultraconserved elements supports African origins of narrow-mouthed frogs
Jeffrey Streicher 

Zoo-led collaboration for conservation- gecko monitoring on Matiu/Somes Island 
Chye-mei Huang  
  Surveying frogs from the bellies of their parasites
Timothy Cutajar
Upper voluntary thermal limit and water loss in a temperate viviparous gecko: an interactive effect
Christian Chukwuka 
An update and taxonomic review of snakes housed in the herpetological collection from Auckland Museum
María Hoyos
Managing host density and habitat structure could influence contact rates and transmission of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans 
Matthew Gray


10:30 - 11:00

Morning tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions   Recovering Amphibian & Reptile Species from the Brink of Extinction: Developing Best-Practice Guidelines Biology of the Frog Family Microhylidae     Reproductive Technologies & Biobanking for Amphibian Conservation     Ecology 2 Temperature, Moisture & Environmental Change: Conservation Physiology of Lepidosaurs in an Age of Climate Disruption Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) for Invasive Reptiles & Amphibians  Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 5

 Venue St David St David A & B St David E   St David F Castle 1    Castle 2  Burns 1  Burns 2   
11:00 How the "World's rarest snake" was saved, and its implications for other endangered Caribbean species 
Jennifer Daltry   
Recent advances on the taxonomy, systematics and biology of cophyline frogs of the genus Plethodontohyla
Angelica Crottini  
The role of reproductive technologies in amphibian captive breeding programs 
Aimee Silla    
    Consequences of keystone plant decline for reptiles in fragmented agricultural landscapes
Sara Balouch
Conservatism and plasticity in the ecophysiology of a lizard across a steep environmental gradient
Rodrigo Megia-Palma 
Mechanisms for coordinating expertise: New Zealand's Island Eradication Advisory Group
Keith Broome
A snake in the grass: a molecular study of the widespread genus Psammophylax 
Chad Keates

11:15   Recovery efforts for the critically endangered Southern Corroboree Frog (Pseudophryne corroboree
Michael McFadden 
The biology of the microhylid subfamily Hoplophrynine
Simon Loader  
Applying assisted reproductive techniques to a multi-year study into biotic factors influencing necturus captive breeding
Steven Sharp  
  Habitat use by Leiopelma archeyiin disturbed and undisturbed sites on the Coromandel Peninsula, Aotearoa
Emily Hotham
Wind speed alters the thermoregulatory behaviour of skinks even when substrate temperature remains constant
Jo Virens 
New Zealand border and post-border detection and response strategies
Dylan Van Winkel
Filling in the phylogenetic gaps: targeted taxon sampling clarifies relationships of Indian agamids and snakes
Jeff Streicher

11:30 Rebuilding the endemic reptile community of Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius
Nik Cole  
  Morphological convergence in bouldering frogs
Marta Vidal-Garcia
Spermiation and changes in serum hormone levels in the mountain yellow-legged frog, Rana muscosa
Natalie Calatayud  
Population success of common skinks (Oligosoma polychroma) following mitigation translocation 
Sydney Dean  
Linking physiological and behavioural variation to territory thermal quality and fitness in an African lizard
Karla Alujevic 
Improving early detection and rapid response for cryptic species: a review of current analytical tools
Amy Yackel Adams
Are local molecular clocks misleading? – the case of Mediterranean amphibians
Michael Veith



11:45 Empowering communities and new generations in Lake Patzcuaro: the case of Achoque (Ambystoma dumerilii)
Gerardo Garcia  
Relict distribution of Microhyla in the Ryukyu Archipelago: high diversity in East-Asia maintained by insularization
Atsushi Tominaga  
  Examining variation in sperm response in divergent populations of Red-eyed treefrogs
Leah Jacobs
Using monitors to monitor restoration: how does Australia's largest lizard respond to mine site restoration? 
Sophie Cross  
 The influence of species assemblages on thermoregulation and habitat use in novel environments
Carla Piantoni
Decision analysis for early detection and rapid response: modeling to advance identification of optimal management
Staci Amburgey

Inadvertent paralog inclusion drives artefactual topologies and timetree estimates in Lissamphibia
Karen Siu-Ting



11:50 Varanus rosenbergi use of spatial habitat, adaptation and social structure
Michael McKelvey  
12:00 - 13:00 SRARNZ Annual General Meeting (members only)
Venue: Castle C  
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

12:15 - 12:45 Film: Herpetologists Past and Present
Venue: Castle 1
Concurrent sessions   Recovering Amphibian & Reptile Species from the Brink of Extinction: Developing Best-Practice Quidelines       Reproductive Technologies & Biobanking for Amphibian Conservation     Adaptation & Evolution 8 Temperature, Moisture & Environmental Change: Conservation Physiology of Lepidosaurs in an Age of Climate Disruption Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) for Invasive Reptiles and Amphibians Conservation Ecology 2

 Venue St David St David A & B  St David E   St David F   Castle 1  Castle 2  Burns 1  Burns 2   
  Nasal GnRH administration elicits sperm production in both Bufonidae and Ranidae 
Allison Julien
  Insights from evolution and biomechanics reveal form-function relationships in reptile eggshells
Liliana D'Alba  

Alison Cree

Using environmental DNA sampling to delimit a European newt invasion in Australia
Reid Tingley 

Spatial ecology of an endangered amphibian Litoria raniformiswithin modified Tasmanian landscapes
Tim Garvey


13:15 The Madagascar ploughshare tortoise programme – between recovery and extinction of an iconic species
Matt Goetz  
Obtaining gametes by hormonal induction from Australian temperate frog species: differential phylogenetic and sex responses
John Clulow  
Evolution of skin hydrophobicity in Australian geckos (Diplodactylidae and Carphodactylidae)
Jendrian Riedel  
Camera traps for early detection and rapid response and management of an invasive reptile
Staci Amburgey  
Habitat selection and spatial ecology of a hot-spring endemic toad
Brian Halstead



13:30 Recovering the white-bellied frog in south-west Western Australia: successes, challenges and the importance of collaborations
Kay Bradfield  
Development and application of assisted reproductive technologies in several endangered Panamanian amphibian species   
Gina Della Togna
(via video)
Evolutionary morphology of osteoderms in anguimorph lizards
Bryan Minne  
Targeted eDNA sampling for cryptic, arboreal snakes Based on microhabitat selection
Melia Nafus 

Braiding data streams: building an Integrated Population Model for the Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog, Rana boylii
Jonathan Rose



13:35    Dietary specialisation in fang 3D shape and sharpness of venomous snakes
Silke Cleuren 

 13:40 Can endocranium shape reveal the sensory ecology of 'aquatic' snakes?
Marion Segall  
13:45 Preventing the extinction of two of Australia's most threatened lizards 
Jon-Paul Emery   
  Linking in situ and ex situ populations of the Southern Rocky Mountain boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas boreas
Cecilia Langhorne  
  Recent studies of adrenal enlargement in toad-eating snakes
Alan Savitzky
Strategy and tool development for invasive plague skinks (Lampropholis delicata) on Aotea, Great Barrier Island
Jaqui Wairepo

Effect of male phenotype and nest quality on mating success in the northern corroboree frog
Shannon Kelleher


14:00 Discussion 
Jeff Dawson  
Refinement of spermatozoa cryopreservation techniques in Ambystoma tigrinumfor salamander conservation and management
Amanda Gillis  
     Rapid assessment of eradication success of an invasive lizard
Marlene Baling

Niche partitioning as a mechanism for the coexistence of pygmy bluetongue lizards and burrowing spiders  
Jessica Clayton  


14:15   Generation of amphibians from cryopreserved sperm: proof of capacity for development beyond metamorphosis 
Rose Upton
Limb reduction in skinks (Squamata: Scincidae): a comparative analysis based on morphological literature
Marco Camaiti  
Two contrasting incursions of Lampropholis delicata in New Zealand's South Island
Rod Hitchmough 

Population genetics of timber rattlesnake populations in Northeastern United States
Anne Stengle  


14:30 Linking in situ and ex situ populations of threatened amphibians using the National Amphibian Genome Bank 
Carrie Vance  
Longevity is not influenced by metabolic rates across the vertebrate tree of life
Gavin Stark  
Rapid eradication tool testing for invasive amphibians: Duttaphrynus melanostictus in Madagascar 
James Reardon

Using environmental DNA to map winter hibernacula in temperate freshwater turtles
Wenxi Feng  


14:45 Putting the ARTs into practice: emerging opportunities and priorities for the application of amphibian ARTs
Simon Clulow  
  Controlling cane toads with traps: what have we learned?
Lin Schwarzkopf

Site occupancy and eDNA concentrations of eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis) in a large river
Mizuki Takahashi  

15:00 - 15:30

Afternoon tea amoungst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions   Captive Breeding   Reproductive Technologies & Biobanking for Amphibian Conservation   Physiology & Reproductive Biology   Invasion & Disease Ecology   Diversity & Distributions 3

Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) for Invasive Reptiles and Amphibians

Conservation Ecology 3



 Venue St David St David A & B  St David E   St David F Castle 1  Castle 2  Burns 1  Burns 2   
15:30   Applying SNP-derived genotyping to the captive management of the endangered Mountain Yellow-legged frog
Natalie Calatayud  
Status of the U.S. National Amphibian Genome Bank and future efforts to conserve anuran biodiversity 
Andrew Kouba  
Breadth of the thermal response captures individual and geographic variation in temperature-dependent sex determination
Anna Carter  
Cattle and Spears: damages of an uninvited guest to the Mediterranean herpetofauna
Roy Talbi  
Synopsis of the amphibians from a poorly surveyed African country: Equatorial Guinea
Ignacio De La Riva
Alpine newt delimitation, containment and eradication strategies
Dylan Van Winkel 

Is individual variation in growth rates relevant to population dynamics of long-lived reptiles?
Doug Armstrong



15:45 Cost-effective amphibian captive breeding using biobanking to meet IUCN 100-year, 90 percent heterozygosity criteria 
Lachlan Howell   
Discussion session: developing a global strategy for amphibian biobanking
Aimee Silla and Natalie Calatayud
  Timing is critical when inducing oviposition in turtles 
Mark Feldman
    Combining micro- and macrohabitat analyses to understand niche evolution in European cave salamanders
GentileFrancesco Ficetola
The Asian Toad in Madagascar, when EDRR fails
Karen Freeman 

Conservation of Miyako grass lizard, Takydromus toyamai: life history traits, population genetics, and conservation measures
Mamoru Toda




16:00 Habitat choice of hatchling Murray River Turtles (Emydura macquarii): informing headstarting programmes
Claudia Santori    
Thermal plasticity in metabolic physiology in a widespread Australian lizard 
Daniel Noble  
Preliminary analysis on network-scale effects of invasive species on spatially-structured amphibian populations
Raoul Manenti  
Implications of continuous amphibian diversity monitoring in Daweishan of tropical SE Yunnan, China
Jian Wang




16:05 Time of year affects study of gut microbiota of the lizard Sceloporus consobrinus(Phrynosomatidae)
Mark Paulissen  

16:10 Sexual dimorphism in external and skeletal morphology of Japanese lentic breeding salamander (Amphibia: Urodela: Hynobiidae) 
Sotaro Hara  
16:15  Behavioural observations of the Bermuda Skink Plestiodon longirostrisin captivity: informing in-situ and ex-situ conservation
Gerardo Garcia  
  Genomic and transcriptomic investigations of the evolutionary transition from oviparity to viviparity
Wei Gao
The potential for artificial selection in a reintroduction program: exploring individual variation in chytridiomycosis susceptibility
Luke Linhoff  
Populational dynamics of the stream-dwelling frog Boana poaju in Southern Brazil
Sophia Kusterko Novaes  



16:20 The invasion of the Asian Toad in Madagascar
Angelica Crottini
16:25 The source of reptile and amphibian pandemics in the Anthropocene
Jonathan Kolby  
16:30 Superior start to life? Effect of carotenoids on the growth and development of corroboree frogs
Emma McInerney  
  Incubation temperatures and intestinal length, are they telling us something about sea turtle hatchling survival?
Debra Miller
16:45 Delegates move to plenary session     
17:00 - 17:45

Keynote: Sending them south: appraising assisted colonisation of reptiles threatened by climate change
Nicki Mitchell
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

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19:00 - 23:00 Congress dinner (ticketed event)
Venue: Dunedin Town hall, 1 Harrop Street 
(Please make your own way to and from the Dunedin Town Hall)

Friday 10 January

Time Session
08:00 - 18:30

Registration open
Venue: ISB Link Building

08:30 - 09:15 

Keynote: Using an integrative approach to explore the diversity and evolution of amphibians and reptiles in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
Jing Che
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

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Concurrent sessions Adaptation, Evolution & Genetics    Physiology & Ecotoxicology     Host-Parasite Ecology     Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS)    Social behaviour     Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 6    Improving the Interface between Research and Management for Conservation of New Zealand Reptiles & Frogs
 Venue  St David  St David A & B St David E  St David F  Castle 1  Castle 2  Burns 1   Burns 2
09:30 Adaptation and evolution of Tiger Snakes
Vicki Thomson  
A Curly Tale: stress and immunity across nonnative populations of differing ages in Leiocephalus carinatus
Natalie Claunch
  Cool or not to cool? Intestinal coccidians disrupt the thermoregulatory response to tick infestation
Rodrigo Megía-Palma
  The global effort to conserve amphibians under threat
Phil Bishop    
  Aggressive behaviors and their effect on resource use by female Little Brown Skinks, Scincella lateralis
Mark Paulissen
  Origins of lizard diversity in the continental island of Sri Lanka: insights from scincid lizards 
Kanishka Ukuwela
Tuatara conservation through Maori involvement in policy
Louisa Paul
09:45 Repeated evolution of insular dwarfism across three reptile species with population and functional genomic insights
Tonia Schwartz  
  Impacts of locust control pesticides on the physiology and behaviour of the central bearded dragon
Isabella Contador-Kelsall
Enteric bacteria in sleepy lizards vary in richness, prevalence and co-occurrence patterns
Ko-Huan Lee  
World's largest tropical island may provide refuge from the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Deborah Bower   
Social tactics and dominance relationships in a long-lived reptile, the eastern water dragon, Intellegama lesueurii
Coralie Delme
  Peacocks of the lizard world: phylogeny and taxonomy of the spectacular African flat lizards (Platysaurus)
Mitzy Pepper
Conservation management of New Zealand frogs
Amanda Haigh
10:00   Determinants of phenotypic and genetic variation along a latitudinal gradient in a widespread amphibian
Anssi Laurila
Radiocesium accumulation and spatial ecology of rat snakes (Elaphe spp.) in Fukushima Japan
Hannah Gerke
Testing a mechanistic hypothesis: how does climate predict the distribution of parasites in lizards?
Rodrigo Megía-Palma  
How to find a frog in forest - can detection dogs be used for conservation?
Deon Gilbert   
  Contrasting sociality in two sympatric skink species; Oligosoma otagense and O. grande
Penny Jacks
Species delimitation, phylogenetic relationship and biogeography of Hemiphyllodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) in Yunnan Karsts
Ade Prasetyo Agung  
Research priorities for lizard conservation in New Zealand
James Reardon






  Examining Spotted Marsh Frog Limnodynastes tasmaniensis call races using large-scale citizen science data
Kathy Potter
Using stable isotopes to investigate trophic transfer of mercury and radiocesium in Nerodia floridana
Melissa Pilgrim   
Prior pathogen exposure and a preliminary vaccine increase amphibian resistance to chytridiomycosis
Anthony Waddle  
 Victory against all odds: the successful conservation story of the Admirable Red-Belly Toad in Brazil
Michelle Abadie 

Social behaviour in a stable population of McCann's Skinks Oligosomo maccanni in a rural garden
Jan Kelly

  The tenses of existence of the skink Eugongylus rufescens (Shaw, 1802) (Scincidae)
Glenn Shea
Conservation progress for critically endangered lizard taxa in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Jo Monks
10:30 - 11:00

Morning tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions Herps in the City: Mechanisms of Responses to Human-Induced Environmental Change   Disease Ecology (pathogens)   Amphibian Genome Assembly & Evolution     Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS)     Sociality of Amphibians & Reptiles   Ecology (Nesting & Incubation) Improving the Interface between Research and Management for Conservation of New Zealand Reptiles & Frogs
 Venue St David  St David A & B St David E  St David F  Castle 1  Castle 2   Burns 1 Burns 2 
11:00 The use of community science to study the ecology of herpetofauna in cities
Bree Putman  
  World Wide Web portals for herpetofaunal pathogen data
Deanna (Dede) Olson
Polyploidy and adaptation in Australian burrowing frogs Neobatrachus
Polina Novikova  
    Understanding why endangered frogs survive or perish on a tiny scale
Emily Hoffmann
Scaly sociality: testing for the presence of kin-based sociality in Australian and African Lizards
Julia Riley   
The effect of constant egg incubation temperatures across life stages in the brown anole
Jenna Pruett  
Conservation of Nationally Critical Chesterfield skinks in situ – a response to changing climate and risks
Lynn Adams
11:15   Bold New World: urbanisation promotes an innate behavioural trait in a lizard
James Baxter-Gilbert
Emerging or enzootic? Disruption of long-term host-pathogen dynamics
Gonçalo Rosa  
Sequencing and annotation of the Western Spadefoot toad (Pelobates cultripes)
Ivan Gomez-Mestre

Saving cows, saving frogs: if you love amphibians, you should care for farm animals too
Luis Fernando Marin da Fonte   
Testing for the presence of kin-based sociality in Midland Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata)
Carter Rouleau  
The embryos of turtles can influence their own sexual destinies
Yinzi Ye  
NZ conservation management of Data Deficient and Data Poor lizard taxa: progress, challenges, future directions
Carey Knox
 11:20 Social tolerance behaviour in a reptile, the Eastern water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii): a new perspective
Coralie Delme  
 11:25 Aggregative behaviour in New Zealand's native lizards
Stephanie Godfrey 
11:30 City life alters the gut microbiome and stable isotope profiling of eastern water dragons
Nicola Kent  
  Identification of divergent serpentoviruses in free-ranging invasive pythons in southern Florida, United States
Steven Tillis
Assembling the Rana temporaria genome to inform the evolution of Anuran sex chromosomes
Daniel Jeffries  


Reproductive habitat use of endangered Minervarya greenii(Amphibia: Dicroglossidae) in montane cloud forests of Sri Lanka
Meegamage Chamara Prabhath  
  Does temperature mediate social conflict in a family-living skink?
Geoff While
  Nest-site selection and hatchling success of box turtles (Terrapene carolina) at their northern range limit
Joseph Altobelli

 11:35  Q & A 
Julia Riley
11:45   One hundred years of urbanisation makes an endangered species of Canberra's Grassland Earless Dragon
Stephen Sarre
Species-dependent amplification of Ranavirus prevalence and infection severity in multi-host amphibian communities
David Lesbarrères  
Genomic and transcriptomic insights into the molecular basis of sexually dimorphic spines in Leptobrachium leishanense
Jun Li  

A primer of amphibian research and conservation in Pakistan: current situation and the way forward
Muhammad Rais

(via video)

The role of spatial structure on the social dynamics of estuarine crocodile Crocodylus porosus
Cameron Baker
  Incubation temperature affects the color expression and embryonic development of a terrestrial salamander
Annette Evans
Captive management for conservation – ex situ interventions past, present and future
Richard Gibson
 12:00 - 13:00  WCH Executive Meeting (members only) 
Venue: St David A & B
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Building

Concurrent sessions Herps in the City: Mechanisms of Responses to Human-Induced Environmental Change.   Physiology 1   Amphibian Genome Assembly & Evolution     Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS)     Sociality of Amphibians &  Reptiles Adaptation & Evolution 9   Improving the Interface between Research & Management for Conservation of New Zealand Reptiles & Frogs
 Venue St David St David A & B   St David E St David F   Castle 1 Castle 2   Burns 1  Burns 2
13:00 Impacts of translocation on a large urban-adapted venomous snake
Bill Bateman  
The neglected pervasive stressor: long-term effects of short-term exposure to UV radiation in Green Tree Frogs
Niclas Lundsgaard
The axolotl genome
Siegfried Schloissnig  
    Research to conservation practice through Durrell's SAFE Strategy 2014-2020
Jeff Dawson 
Social structure of the Spiny-Tailed Iguana, Ctenosaura similis: network, personality, and genetic relatedness
Ann-Elizabeth Nash  
Plasticity allows colonization, and adaptation leads to incipient speciation in a fire salamander population
Joana Sabino Pinto
Enhancing conservation management of New Zealand's lizards – the relevance of laboratory-based studies
Alison Cree
13:15 Thermoregulation strategy of the invasive Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Yingyod Lapwong  
Anuran larvae exhibit lower upper thermal limits and warming tolerance than a natural predator
Gustavo Adolfo Agudelo Cantero  
Improving and using a chromosome-scale assembly of the enormous (32 Gb) axolotl genome 
Jeramiah Smith  
Climate change impacts on amphibians in Madagascar: shifts to higher elevation and increased risks of extinction
Christopher Raxworthy   
Parental care by male Japanese giant salamanders – a note on a partially small den-master found in an upstream section
Sumio Okada  
Intraspecific differentiation and speciation in three viviparous Phrynocephalus lizards in the northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
Yi-jing Chen
A translocated population of tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) in a cool southern ecosanctuary: are females nesting?
Jemima Gardiner-Rodden


Surviving in the Suburbs: the Gibbs line and amphibian conservation
David Skelly 
  Comparative study on antioxidant defense responses to ammonia stress in three fresh water turtle species
Cuijuan Niu
Caecilian genomes
Mark Wilkinson  
Population assessment and distribution of the Madagascan golden mantella in the face of climate change
Richard Griffiths   
Social complexity drives the evolution of display complexity in agamid lizard Phrynocephalus przewalskii from China
Yin Qi   
Roles of isolation, secondary contact, and ecology in diversification and speciation of a temperate frog
Stephen Lougheed  
Responses of arboreal geckos to sanctuary management in pest-invaded environments of New Zealand
Trent Bell
13:45 Urbanization modulates mating signals and antipredatory strategies in a neotropical frog
Ximena Bernal  
  Sex differences in kidney gene expression: Reproductive costs of the renal sexual segment?
Christopher Friesen
The identification of sex-linked markers in the vulnerable Green and golden bell frog, Litoria aurea
Jarrod Sopniewski
Confronting amphibian diseases: frontiers in effective mitigation
Molly Bletz  
Chemically mediated self and social recognition in Juvenile Common Gartersnakes (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Gordon Burghardt 
Is competition causing character displacement and niche segregation in a radiation of cryptic species?
Octavio Jimenez-Robles  
Community efforts to re-establish grand and Otago skinks, and jewelled geckos, in modified shrub/grassland ecosystems
Grant Norbury
14:00 Green infrastructure from urban sinks to prestigious pads for frogs
David O'Brien  
  Effects of maternal diet on reproduction and development in turtles
James Van Dyke
  Differential introgression across newt hybrid zones: evidence from replicated transects 
 Gemma Palomar
  DNA-based methods for monitoring pond-breeding amphibians: the case of the Natterjack toad in Ireland
Marina Reyne
Allobates femoralis: an optimal model species for studying anuran social behavior and cognition
Walter Hödl 
Premating reproductive isolation between allopatric populations promoted by reproductive character displacement in geckos
Teppei Jono    

Jo Monks & Alison Cree

14:15 Superfrogs in the city - impact of urbanity and agriculture on the morphology of frogs
Stephanie Niemeier  
Regional characteristics of toxic components in Japanese toads
Takato Inoue  
  The critically endangered Titicaca water frog: Bolivia and Peru conservation efforts
Teresa Camacho Badani 
  Where squamate sociality reaches its peak: Egernia stokesii research past, present and future
Mike Gardner 
Cryptic and failed speciation in Sulawesi flying lizards (Draco) 1: phylogenetics and species delimitation
Jimmy McGuire  
14:30   Road avoidance and its energetic consequences for reptiles
James Paterson
  Through the heart: ventricular septum and cardiac conduction system across Sauropsida
Martina Gregorovicova
  Longwall mining and amphibian populations – a case study
Samanatha Wallace
  Cryptic and failed speciation in Sulawesi flying lizards 2: evidence for mito-nuclear Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibilities
Alexander Stubbs  
14:45 The Brisbane Python Project: how mitigated translocations potentially affect urban pythons in Brisbane 
Chantelle Derez  
Spatio-temporal architecture of pancreatic islets in grass snake embryos 
Magdalena Kowalska  
Antibiotic susceptibility profiles of Salmonella species isolated from captive amphibians and reptiles in Uganda
James Watuwa 
(via video)
discussion session
Genetic diversity and mito-nuclear discordance in Neotropical toads (Rhinella)
Danielle Rivera  

Afternoon tea amongst the exhibition
Venue: ISB Link Buiding

Concurrent sessions Herps in the City: Mechanisms of Responses to Human-Induced Environmental Change         Ecophysiology 3     Taxonomy & Phylogenetics 7   Human Impacts Host-Parasite & Disease Ecology
 Venue St David St David A & B St David E   St David F Castle 1  Castle 2   Burns 1 Burns 2 
15:30 Hooked on humans? Daboia palaestinae in reptile assemblages in natural versus anthropogenic habitats in Israel
Boaz Shacham
      Salt tolerance in frogs: a widespread trait conferring adaptative capacity for global change?
Craig Williams  

Scales, tails, and trails: a review of recreational effects on reptiles and amphibians
Samantha Dean  
Of poisons and parasites-the defensive role of tetrodotoxin against infections in newts
Amber Stokes 
15:45 The bioaccumulation of contaminants across an urban gradient in a wetland snake (Notechis scutatus)
Damian Lettoof  
      Evidence for ancient hybridization between the Komodo dragon and Australian monitor lizards
Carlos Joaquín Pavón Vázquez   
  Impacts of agriculture and roads on amphibians in the Prairie Potholes of Manitoba, Canada
Pamela Rutherford
Threat assessment of Taruga eques (Amphibia: Rhacophoridae) endemic on the tropical island of Sri Lanka
Meegamage Chamara Prabhath
16:00 A ten-year study of an urban turtle metapopulation
Mark Mills 
    Integrating spatial and temporal studies to model salamander demographic responses to climate
John Maerz  
  The undescribed frog diversity of the Australian Monsoonal Tropics
Renee Catullo
  The New Caledonian Leopard Skink Lacertoides pardalis: ecology and conservation in a mining context
Matthias Deuss
Disease and disturbance: investigating the factors that drive amphibian reservoir host occurrence and distribution
Danielle Wallace
16:15 Sex in the city: urbanization broadens the reproductive season of lizards 
Joshua Hall    
    The global diversity and distribution of lizard clutch sizes
Shai Meiri  
  Revisiting phylogenetic problems of Huia (Amphibia, Ranidae): which one is the true Huia?
Umilaela Arifin
  Diversion mini-hydropower plants in the Balkans and impact on local amphibian (and reptile) populations
Jelka Crnobrnja-isailovic
Parasites of invasive amphibians and where to find them
Hsuan-wien Chen 
16:30   Nestled in the city: nesting behaviour enhances embryo survival in urban areas 
Sarin Tiatragul  
    How does incubation temperature affect behaviour, physiology and growth in delicate skinks?
Madeleinede Jong  
 Dalmatian oddities: functional divergence of head shape in lizards on two peculiar islands in the Adriatic 
Simon Baeckens  
  Effects of urbanisation and hydrological change on a freshwater turtle
Anthony Santoro
Does malaria mediate the reliability of testosterone and dewlap coloration of Anolis sagrei?
Jhan-Wei Lin
 16:45 Delegates move to plenary session 
17:00 - 17:45 Keynote: Atlantic forest herps and their responses to environmental shifts: past, present, and future
Ana Carnaval
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)
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17:45 - 18:00 Closing ceremony and awards (all delegates)
Venue: St David & Castle 1 (video streamed)

Saturday 11 January

Time Session
09:45 - 14:45 Orokonui Ecosanctuary fieldtrip (ticketed event)
Venue: Please meet in the ISB Link Building
08:00 - 19:00 Otago Peninsula coastal walk fieldtrip (ticketed event)
Venue: Please meet in the ISB Link Building
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