The Reptile Database: organization

The Reptile Database requires the contributions of numerous individuals. Over the past few years a certain organization structure has been established (see figure). While Dr. Peter Uetz acts as the "editor in chief", the Scientific Advisory Board (see below), composed primarily of professional taxonomists, advises on broand strategic and taxonomic decisions. Specialized editors help with the processing of photos and the scientific literature. Equally important, numerous volunteers and ad hoc contributors provide photos, papers, and numerous small corrections that add up to thousands of changed in the database over every year.

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The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Reptile Database

The SAB will advise the Reptile Database on general strategic decisions but also on controversial taxonomic issues. We are consulting the SAB a few times a year. Taxonomic issues concerning species or genera typically will be discussed with experts in those areas. The SAB will also be consulted in areas such as taxonomic vandalism or questions of ethical concern such as publication practices. Currently the following people are members of the SAB:

Allen Allison Bishop Museum, Hawaii, USA
Aaron Bauer Villanova University, PA, USA
Matt Brandley University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Frank Burbrink College of Staten Island, NY, USA
Salvador Carranza Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona, Spain
Todd Castoe University of Texas, Arlington, TX, USA
Guarino Rinaldi Colli Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
Brian Crother Southeastern Louisiana University, LA, USA
Peter Paul van Dijk Conservation International, Arlington, VA, USA
Tiffany M. Doan State College of Florida, FL, USA
Frank Glaw Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Germany
Eli B Greenbaum U Texas El Paso, TX, USA
Lee Grismer La Sierra University, CA, USA
S. Blair Hedges Temple University Biodiversity Institute, PA, USA
Mark Hutchinson South Australian Museum
Robert C. Jadin Northeastern Illinois University, IL, USA
Ulrich Joger Natural History Museum Braunschweig, Germany
André Koch Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
Philippe Kok Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Sebastian Lotzkat Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt, Germany
Luke Mahler Kansas University, Lawrence, KS, USA
Roy McDiarmid US National Museum / USGS
Shai Meiri Tel Aviv University, Israel
Zoltan Tamas Nagy Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Mark O’Shea West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, UK
Hidetoshi Ota Institute of Natural and Environmental Sciences, University of Hyogo, Japan
Paulo Passos Museu Nacional, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alex Pyron George Washington University, DC, USA
Glenn Shea Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
Carol Spencer Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, CA, USA
Krystal Tolley South African National Biodiversity Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
Miguel Vences Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Philipp Wagner Villanova University, PA, USA
Wolfgang Wüster Bangor University, Wales
Thomas Ziegler Cologne Zoo, Germany

Last updated: 13 July 2015