People.

 

 

Sam Howard

 

 

 

 

I am primarily a field ecologist with a broad range of interests, but i am mainly focused on community structural composition and changes across environmental gradients. I have worked with a large range of taxa but my main interests are in terrestrial amphibians and reptiles. I have been involved in base-line surveys of herpetofauna in undocumented regions to focused single-species conservation efforts on critically endangered taxa. I have also worked in a number of eco-regions; originally in Europe, then spending time in sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia and Australia working on various conservation projects.

 

Stemming from much of the survey work I have been involved with, I have a keen interest in herpetofaunal systematics and especially the SE Asian region.

 

This summer, and for the next 10-14 months, I will be focusing on data collection towards my Phd dissertation. I will be examining poorly documented fossorial/terrestrial amphibian and reptile communities in Southeast Asia and addressing the conservation management implications for these guilds. I will also be examining how these guilds respond to various aspects of forest disturbance and fragmentation. During the course of my fieldwork I will be supervising a number of the Bickford lab's recently graduated students and introducing them to field herpetology and conservation.

 

I joined the EEC lab for many reasons, notably old colleagues recommendations of Dr. Bickford and the location of Singapore as a base to reach into all of SE Asia while retaining excellent infastructure.

 

Aside from chasing lizards up trees, down holes, into mosquito infested swamps etc..... I am a very keen natural history photographer (mainly lizards?!) and enjoy keeping fit, playing several sports (at an incredibly amateur level).

 

 

 

Contact me at G0800954@NUS.edu.sg

 

 

 

Publications

 

Bickford, D., S. Howard, D. Ng, and J. Sheridan. Impacts of climate change on the amphibians and reptiles of Southeast Asia. Biodiversity and Conservation (2010) 19:1043-1062. PDF

 

  • Howard, S. D. and Gillespie, G. R. Two new Calamaria (Serpentes) species from Sulawesi, Indonesia. J. Herpetology (2007) 41(2): 237-242.
  • Howard, S. D., Gillespie, G. R., Riyanto, A. and Iskandar, D. T. A new species of large Eutropis (Scincidae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. J. Herpetology (2007) 41(4): 604–610.
  • Gillespie, G. R., Anstis, M., Howard, S. D. and Lockie, D. Description of the tadpole of the rhacophorid frog Rhacophorus georgii (Roux 1904) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. J. Herpetology (2007) 41(1): 150-153.
Gillespie, G.R., Howard, S.D., Lockie, D., Scroggie, M and Boeadi. Herpetofaunal richness and community structure of offshore islands of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Biotropica (2005) 37(2): 289-290.

 

 
Gonocephalus grandis seen perched in its natural habitat?