Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology2019-02-15T04:35:23+00:00

Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology

The Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology was established in 2010 by the Executive Council of the Kansas Herpetological Society as a trust in perpetuity in recognition of the distinguished careers in ecological herpetology of the late Henry Sheldon Fitch (1909-2009), a faculty member in the Divison of Biological Sciences at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and KHS Distinguished Life Member Dwight R. Platt, biology faculty emeritus at Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. Both of these herpetologists distinguished themselves by their research excellence in the study of amphibians, chelonians, and reptiles, research amply demonstrated in their voluminous published works. For the Fitch-Platt Award, the KHS annually makes an award ($200.00) to a KHS member that, in the recent past, made a significant herpetological discovery in the field or conducted significant herpetological field work that contributed to our knowledge of these creatures. The winner will be announced at each annual KHS meeting in November. The KHS Awards Committee will select the recipient of the Fitch Platt-Award. The recipient must be present to receive The Fitch-Platt Award or another recipient will be selected.

Former Recipients:
2010 Stanley Roth Lawrence, Kansas
2011 Eddie Stegall Wichita, Kansas
2012 Joseph T. Collins Lawrence, Kansas
2013 George R. Pisani Lawrence, Kansas
2014 – Award donated back to the KHS. Travis W. Taggart Hays, Kansas
2015 No award given
2016 Curtis J. Schmidt Hays, Kansas
2017 Larry L. Miller Wakarusa, Kansas