Dozens Gather for Kansas Herpetological Society’s 49th Annual Meeting | KSNF/KODE

JOPLIN, Mo. – Dozens of people gathered this morning at Missouri Southern State University, capping a weekend of events for the 49th annual meeting of the Kansas Herpetological Society.

That’s right, reptiles and amphibians.

The Missouri Southern Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society raised nearly $3,000 to host the conference on Southern’s campus.

There were approximately 200 professional scientists present as well as 37 different professional organizations.

KHS awarded seven scholarships to students, totaling approximately $6,000.

“Really provides a meaningful place for our students to access other professionals. There’s no “science factory on the road” where you can get a job, and so it’s kind of a nebulous career, and so we’re creating opportunities for students to see how to become the next generation. This is ultimately what keeps science and conservation alive,” said David Penning, Associate Professor, Chairman of KHS.

“So it really opened my eyes instead of just thinking locally about what we’re doing here in Southern Missouri, what’s going on in the outside world,” said student Gabe McClain.

MSSU’s own Dr. Penning says that even though it’s an annual meeting, Southern usually only gets the chance to host the event, about every ten years or so.
It is open to anyone interested in reptiles and amphibians.

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