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Biology of Snakes Conference
July 26 - July 29
To celebrate their beauty, importance, and conservation, Chiricahua Desert Museum & Geronimo Event Center is planning and hosting the first Biology of Snakes Conference (BoS). Previous professional meetings on snakes that we have organized placed emphasis on certain lineages, predominately the vipers, boas, and pythons (Biology of the Pitvipers, Biology of the Vipers, Biology of the Boas and Pythons), but for BoS we are throwing out the broadest net possible and intend to explore and discuss the entire group. Indeed, this is an exciting and ambitious agenda. We welcome everyone who is interested in snakes!
The schedule begins with our invited speakers. These three luminaries have made tremendous contributions to our knowledge of snakes; we are privileged to have them attend and present.
● Dr. Wolfgang Wüster will deliver the Keynote. His talk is titled, “Natural History and Genetic Basis of Venom Evolution.” Those of you who have seen Wolfgang speak know that he will give us a very lively and exciting presentation.
● Dr. Frank Burbrink is our featured speaker. His recent work on snakes has taken him far from his office in New York. Frank will be discussing, “The Origin and Diversification of Snakes in Madagascar.”
● Dr. Mark O’Shea is our banquet speaker. Most of us know that Mark is always on the move, but somehow we were able to lure him to this meeting. He will engage and entertain us with an intriguing title, “Amphibian and Reptile Art in Miniature: Adventures in Herpeto-Philately.”
We will be honoring three world-class artists who have made snakes and other reptiles prime subjects of their art (see their profiles and art at the BoS website). At the conference, these individuals will discuss their remarkable careers. In some form or another, their art will be showcased and available for sale. Also, you may contact them ahead of the meeting if you would like to have them to deliver a particular piece of art you want to acquire.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need more general information, do not hesitate to contact one of us. The phone number at the Chiricahua Desert Museum is (575) 557-5757.
As the organizers of Biology of Snakes Conference 2017, it is our hope that you will find this meeting educational, innovative, inspiring, and enjoyable.
From all of us, thank you for your valued support and participation in this important meeting.