SEH Grants

SEH Grants in Herpetology for 2018

1. Conservation

The “SEH Grant in Herpetology - Conservation” was available in 2018 again (now closed) to support a project orientated to the conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of Europe and the Mediterranean basin, focused on either a species or habitat, with a grant of up to EUR 2000.

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 2018 membership fees paid before January 1, 2018). Applications from young researchers are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for applications wss 31st December 2017 and they should have been 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(s).

  • 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.

A decision on the applications have been taken on 31st January 2018. The grant will be provided on the understanding that the funds are used exclusively for the purpose that they were requested for, and that 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.

 

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

2. Mapping and Distributions

The “SEH Grant in Herpetology – Mapping and Distributions” was available in 2018 (now closed) to support two projects (of up to EUR 500 each) orientated to the filling of distributional gaps of the amphibians and reptiles of Europe and the Mediterranean basin. 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 2018 membership fees paid before January 1, 2018). Applications from young researchers are particularly encouraged.

The deadline for applications was 31st December 2017 and they should have been sent to the SEH Mapping Committee Chair (e-mail: neftali.sillero@gmail.com) as PDF files and should include the words “SEH Grant application - Distributions” in the email subject line.

Applications should include:

  • A short curriculum vitae of the prospective candidate(s).

  • 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.

A decision on the applications will be taken on 31st January 2018. The grant will be provided on the understanding that the funds are used exclusively for the purpose that they were requested for, and that 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.