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Come listen to three amazing herpetologists share their stories, talk about the herps they've seen, and the challenges these animals face!

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Be transported around the world, from the rainforests of Southeast Asia to the deserts and mountains of the USA, and back to the seas of Singapore. Reptiles and amphibians can be found in all these places. Come hear these herpers share their experiences with herps from all parts of the globe!

Confessions of a Field Biologist, by Dr Chan Kin Onn

Dr. Chan Kin Onn is an Evolutionary Biologist specializing in amphibians and reptiles at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. He has more than 15 years of experience conducting field research throughout Southeast Asia and has discovered and described more than 47 new species of amphibians and reptiles. His research integrates morphological, genomic, ecological, and landscape data to understand how biodiversity is generated, maintained, and distributed. Fieldwork is a fundamental component of Dr. Chan’s research and he will be sharing his experiences in the field and how field-based data can be used in science and conservation. Dr Chan will also share why he has decided to stay in Singapore to study reptiles and amphibians!

Herping in the USA, by Mr Noel J. Thomas

Noel Thomas is an avid field herper who travels the world to encounter herps and other wildlife. Countries he has travelled to, exclusively to herp include Costa Rica, Taiwan, India and China. In Singapore, Noel works as a Senior Conservation Manager with the National Parks Board on species recovery and habitat enhancement projects. He helmed the reptile and amphibian survey of the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in 2015 and is currently leading the Comprehensive Ubin Biodiversity Survey (CUBS). Noel will bring us back to the United States where it all officially began and share about his experiences with rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and hellbenders!

The Heroes’ Journey: The Tale of Two Turtles, by Mr Rushan bin Abdul Rahman

Sea turtles are no stranger to odysseys. Their epic journeys start from the egg itself. Each sea turtle's journey is different from the next. But they all face the same uncertainty of survival. This uncertainty has become even greater with human impact, from climate change to marine pollution. Join Rushan, a sea turtle biologist from Arborculture Pte. Ltd., the Marine Megafauna Foundation, and the Olive Ridley Project, as he tells you the tale of two Green Sea Turtles. Though they hatched into the same world, they face different challenges. The survival of all sea turtles hangs on a balance. All is not lost, as you’ll see. YOU have the power to tip the scales to save them.

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