SEH Grants

SEH Grants in Herpetology for 2019

 

The SEH council is happy to announce an open call for the SEH Grants in Herpetology 2019. Two grants will be given to support one project orientated to the conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of Europe (SEH Grant in Herpetology - Conservation: up to EUR 1500) and one project orientated to the filling of distributional gaps of the amphibians and reptiles of Europe (SEH Grant in Herpetology – Mapping and Distributions: up to EUR 500). 
 
Precondition of application is active SEH membership status (with 2019 membership fees paid before January 1, 2019). Applications from young researchers are particularly encouraged.
 
For more details on how to apply, please see here:  

SEH Grants 2019

 

1. Conservation

The “SEH Grant in Herpetology - Conservation” will be made available in 2019 again to support a project orientated to the conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of Europe, focused on either a species or habitat, with a grant of up to EUR 1500.

The SEH Conservation Committee and the SEH Council will decide on the project applications, and priority will be given to those addressing species conservation priorities identified by the SEH CC and the Council. The decision will take into consideration:

  1. Conservation orientation/ value of the proposal
  2. Likelihood of success
  3. Costs and time table (expenses for the project, material, other costs (e.g. petrol))
  4. Scientific background
  5. Why SEH funding is needed.

Precondition of application is active SEH membership status (with 2019 membership fees paid before January 1, 2019) of the candidate. Applications from young researchers are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2018 and they should be sent to the SEH Conservation Committee (e-mail: balint.halpern@gmail.com) as PDF files and should include the words “SEH Grant application - Conservation” in the email subject line.

Applications should include:

  • A short curriculum vitae of the prospective candidate.
  • An outline of the project, including a time table, the goals that are intended to be achieved and the means for reaching these goals.
  • A financial plan, including a statement on other financial supports for the project and should include a statement on why SEH funding is being requested.

Please send your application in a single document – maximum of 4 pages. In addition, provide a copy of the payment of the SEH membership for 2019. Only complete applications will be considered.

A decision on the applications will be taken on 31st January 20189. The grant will be provided on the understanding that the funds are used exclusively for the purpose that they were requested. Within two weeks of the decision, the applicant would need to provide a brief summary of his work (100-150 words) along with a portrait picture and, if available, a picture of study site or study organism(s) to promote the grant and the project in the medias (SEH website, Facebook etc). By submitting these materials, the grantee allows SEH to freely use them. Finally, a report (to be published as a short version in SEH News) will be submitted to the SEH Conservation Committee immediately after the project has been completed. Moreover, research supported by the present grant needs to be acknowledged in the associated publications.

 

2. Mapping and Distributions

The “SEH Grant in Herpetology – Mapping and Distributions” will be made available in 2018 to support one project of up to EUR 500 orientated to the filling of distributional gaps of the amphibians and reptiles of Europe. The SEH Mapping Committee and the SEH Council will decide on the projects applications, and priority will be given to those addressing mapping priorities identified by the Mapping Committee and the Council. The decision will take into consideration:

  1. Distributional - Mapping gap to be filled - compared to relevant and existing mapping data
  2. Extent of the area to be covered
  3. Likelihood of success
  4. Costs and time table (expenses for the project, material, other costs (e.g. petrol))
  5. Why SEH funding is needed.

Precondition of application is active SEH membership status (with 2019 membership fees paid before January 1, 2019). Applications from young researchers are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for applications is 31st December 2018 and they should be sent to the SEH Mapping Committee Chair (e-mail: neftali.sillero@gmail.com) as PDF files and should include the words “SEH Grant application - Mapping” in the email subject line.

Applications should include:

  • A short curriculum vitae of the prospective candidate.
  • An outline of the project, including a time table, the goals that are intended to be achieved and the means for reaching these goals.
  • A financial plan (mainly covering transportation costs) including a statement on other financial supports for the project and should include a statement on why SEH funding is being requested.

Please send your application in a single document – maximum of 4 pages. In addition, provide a copy of the payment of the SEH membership for 2019. Only complete applications will be considered.

A decision on the applications will be taken on 31st January 2019. The grant will be provided on the understanding that the funds are used exclusively for the purpose that they were requested. Within two weeks of the decision, the applicant would need to provide a brief summary of his work (100-150 words) along with a portrait picture to promote the grant and the project in the medias (SEH website, Facebook etc). By submitting these materials, the grantee allows SEH to freely use this material. Finally, a report (to be published as a short version in SEH News) and relevant shapefiles (or gpx, kml or kmz) will be submitted to the SEH Mapping Committee immediately after the project has been completed. Moreover, research supported by the present grant needs to be acknowledged in the associated publications.

 

 

Winner of the SEH Grant in Herpetology - Conservation 2018:  Federica Lucati

Federica Lucati

Conservation of the endemic Pyrenean newt (Calotriton asper) in the age of invasive species: Interlake dispersal and colonisation dynamics.

High mountain lakes are naturally fishless, as their glacial origin has kept them isolated from lower streams, preventing natural colonisation by fishes. Globally, however, over time many of these lakes have been stocked with fish in an attempt to create recreational fishing. Invasive fish are known to be one of the main drivers of reduction or extinction of autochthonous amphibians in high mountain lakes. Calotriton asper is an amphibian endemic to the Pyrenees, listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN. We aim to investigate C. asper patterns of colonisation of new ecosystems following fish removal and the process of migration from nearby lakes and streams, by means of genetic and field-based approaches. The study site is located in an area of recent colonisation in the National Park of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici, in the central-eastern Pyrenees. Assessment of genetic diversity and population structure will be conducted through the analysis of 20 nuclear microsatellite markers. C. asper individual photo-identification will be performed, based on its variegate ventral pattern. The two methodologies will be combined to describe patterns of migration between lakes and evaluate the effect of habitat fragmentation induced by invasive fish.

 

Calotriton asper