HerpMapper is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization designed to gather and share information about reptile and amphibian observations across the planet. Using HerpMapper, you can create records of your herp observations and keep them all in one place. In turn, your data is made available to HerpMapper Partners – groups who use your recorded observations for research, conservation, and preservation purposes. Your observations can make valuable contributions on the behalf of amphibians and reptiles.
Who can see the records you create? There are two levels of visibility for records. Only you and HerpMapper Partners have access to all data in a record. Other users of HerpMapper and the general public can only see very basic information in your records – they do not have access to exact locality data. Any pictures attached to a record can be seen by everyone, which means you can also see the cool herps being recorded by other people from around the world.
Who are the HerpMapper Partners? For the most part, they are biologists working for state or regional agencies, university researchers, or conservation organizations. A list of HerpMapper Partners is maintained on the HerpMapper website.
Board of Directors
Donald Becker, Director of Technology
Don (@DonFBecker) is a self-employed IT guru, and the developer responsible for what you see when using the HerpMapper website and the mobile application. Don also has a life-long passion for herpetofauna conservation and public education. When not working for clients or on the HerpMapper site, Don volunteers with various conservation organizations to manage and restore habitat, educates the public about the importance of herpetofauna, and conducts herp surveys and inventories. View Website
Mike Pingleton, Director of Operations
Mike (@SoMuchPingle) is an IT project management professional working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. Mike is also a life-long herper who has traveled all over the world, and has recently started leading herping tours to Peru. Mike documents many of his adventures on www.pingleton.com. Mike has the bragging rights of having the first herp related website on the internet which he launched in 1994, and has also authored several herp related books, including childrens' books. Mike is pivotal to keeping HerpMapper organized and running efficiently. Mike also brings his decades of herping experience and connections to help make HerpMapper a success.
Christopher E. Smith, Director of Public Affairs
Chris (@FieldEcology) is a professional wildlife biologist by day, with a bachelor's degree in wildlife management and a master's degree in conservation biology - both from the University of Minnesota. Chris is also certified by The Wildlife Society as an Certified Wildlife Biologist. His work generally focuses on amphibian, reptiles, and terrestrial invertebrate conservation and research at a variety of spatial scales. In addition to his professional work, Chris is an avid "field herper" as well as a citizen-science advocate. Chris volunteers his time to a variety of conservation-focused organizations, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH), and is an active Midwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (MW PARC) and Minnesota Herpetological Society (MHS) organization member. In his 'spare' time Chris helps administer the HerpMapper project, and is the Project's social media lead. If you have not already done so, be sure to checkout HerpMapper's Facebook page, and be sure to follow @HerpMapper and @WhatTheHerp.
|Gary S. Casper, PhD
Gary is the project head for the Wisconsin Herp Atlas Project, is currently the owner of Great Lakes Ecological Services, and an Associate Scientist with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station.
|Andrew Durso, PhD
Andrew is a herpetologist and scientific editor at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. He was born in New York and grew up catching snakes in North Carolina. He earned a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia in 2009, an M.S. in Biology from Eastern Illinois University in 2011, and a Ph.D. in Ecology from Utah State University in 2016. He writes a blog about snakes called 'Life is Short, but Snakes are Long'.
Dan is an instructor at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dan's research focuses on rattlesnake spatial ecology and conservation.
|Christopher L. Jenkins, PhD
Chris is the Chief Executive Officer for The Orianne Society.
|Bruce Kingsbury, PhD
Bruce is a professor at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), and Director of the IPFW Environmental Resources Center (ERC).
|Kevin Messenger, PhD
Kevin Messenger is an associate professor in the department of zoology at Nanjing Forestry University. His research interests include Asian and southeastern US herpetology, ethology, natural history, and conservation ecology. Kevin is a co-coordinator for the IUCN Viper Specialists Group, East Asia Region. His most recent and current work revolves around pigmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius), keelback snakes (Rhabdophis), and Asian horned frogs (Megophrys).
Priya is a #HERper, and Director of Operations at Conservation Science Partners. She was formerly the National State Agencies Coordinator for Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and Program Manager for amphibian and reptile conservation and invasive species policy efforts for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies. You’ll find her hiking, camping, exploring, and herping whenever she is able.
Nathan is the Eastern Region Biologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. He is currently working on biological inventory and survey projects throughout the eastern portion of North Carolina, including survey projects that target rare reptiles and amphibians in the sandhills and coastal plain.
|Stephen Spear, PhD
Stephen is the Director of Wildlife Ecology at The Wilds. Stephen is involved in hellbender conservation efforts, currently serves as the Deputy Chair of the IUCN Viper Specialist Group, and has several projects related to amphibian and reptile conservation in eastern Ohio.
|Wolfgang Wüster, PhD
Wolfgang is a Senior Lecturer at Bangor University, UK. His research interests include venomous snake systematics, biogeography, and venom evolution. Learn more >>
Taxonomic Review Committee
Chris is an Associate Professor of Biology at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas. His current focus is on Anuran distribution in south and south central Texas. Chris is also an avid herper and birder. Check out many of his recent Australian herp finds in the HerpMapper database!
|James Van Dyke, PhD
James is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Western Sydney where he focuses his research on herp conservation physiology and ecology.
Scott is an Australian herpetological consultant working mainly in venomous snake management and targeted fauna surveys. A keen photographer and herper, he is often out in the field enjoying the natural world. He has authored two books and a number of articles on Australian herpetofauna.