Friday, January 31, 2014

A new on-line herp journal from CNAH

The Center for North American Herpetology (CNAH) has announce the launch of their new  journal – The Journal of North American Herpetology. The Journal of North American Herpetology (JNAH) (ISSN 2333-0694) provides an open access on-line venue with the use of all modern digital technologies for peer-reviewed contributions of all aspects of North American Herpetology within the geographic boundaries of the United States and Canada. JNAH is a continuation of the very first herpetological on-line peer reviewed journal Contemporary Herpetology (1998-2009), which can be accessed from the JNAH web site.

Co-editors and CNAH Board Members Walter Meshaka and Dan Fogell along with Managing Editor and CNAH Director Travis Taggart  worked diligently over the past year preparing this new journal.  JNAH will continue to publish manuscripts in this volume throughout 2014 as they are received, reviewed, and readied for publication. Subsequent announcements will be released each time an article is prepared for publication.

The premiere issue, Volume 2014(1), can be accessed by visiting the JNAH web site at and includes the following authors and titles:

J. Whitfield Gibbons and Michael Dorcas – What is a herpetologist and how can I become one?
Jason T. Cotter and Chris A. Sheil – Hatchling sex ratios and locomotor performance of Midland Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata).

Walter E. Meshaka and Pablo R. Delis – Snake assemblage structures and seasonal activity patterns on a military base in south-central Pennsylvania: Land management implications for snake conservation.

Malcolm L. McCallum and Jamie L. McCallum – Ecological release of an exotic species upon suppression of its invasive predator: A five-year case study, with notes on other species, and the life history of the Mediterranean Gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus.

Brian S. Gray – Natural history of Dekay’s Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi (Holbrook, 1836), at a site in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Eric J. Gangloff, David Bertolatus, Christopher Reigel and Jennifer L. Gagliardi-Seeley – Effects of sex, environment, and condition on the musking behavior of sympatric gartersnakes (Thamnophis Spp.).

R. Nicholas Mannan, Gad Perry, David E. Andersen, and Clint W. Boal – Call broadcasting and automated recorders as tools for anuran surveys in a subarctic tundra landscape.

Cody N. Grasser and Geoffrey R. Smith – Effects of cover board age, season, and habitat on the observed abundance of Eastern Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus).

Vanessa C.K. Terrell, Jaimie L. Klemish, Nathan J. Engbrecht, John A. May, Peter J. Lannoo, Rochelle M. Stiles, and Michael J. Lannoo – Amphibian and reptile colonization of reclaimed coal spoil grasslands.

Neil Dazet and Don Moll – Chemical signals in vertebrate predator-prey systems involving Common Musk Turtles, Sternotherus odoratus, and their predators.

Brian K. Mealey, John D. Baldwin, Greta B. Mealey, Gregory D. Bossart, and Michael R. J. Forstner – Characteristics of Mangrove Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarium) inhabiting altered and natural mangrove islands.

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