The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund

Tucson Herpetological Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $600

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Mexico, Arizona, California

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund was established by the Tucson Herpetological Society (THS) to support research that contributes to the conservation of the herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert, including the states of Arizona, southern California, Sonora, and on the Baja California peninsula and gulf islands. Dr. Cecil R. Schwalbe spearheaded the fund in honor of the many contributions to our understanding of herpetology in the Sonoran Desert by Dr. Charles H. Lowe. The fund was inaugurated at the Current Research on the Herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert II Conference, April 2002.

The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund provides much needed financial support to local researchers with the idea that the more we know about our environment, the better prepared we will be to preserve it. The fund covers the cost of travel, permits, diagnostic tests, and field equipment such as GPS units, Pesola scales, radio telemetry equipment, dip nets, snake hooks, and even software. Purchased equipment is kept as the property of the THS so that it can benefit multiple projects well into the future. The fund operates outside the loop of Universities and granting agencies and is open to researchers – students, amateurs, and professionals – regardless of affiliation. The fund is supported solely by private donations and monies raised by the THS. In particular, we wish to acknowledge Dr. Daniel Beck who generously donated profits from his book, Biology of Gila Monsters and Beaded Lizards to the Fund. In addition, the proceeds of the Current Research on the Hetertofauna of the Sonoran Desert IV auction contributed to the CH Lowe Research Fund.

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  • The Charles H. Lowe, Jr. Herpetological Research Fund is designed to support research that contributes to the conservation of amphibians and/or reptiles of the Sonoran Desert Region, inclusive of the states of Arizona, southeastern California, the Baja California peninsula, Sonora, and islands in the Sea of Cortés.
  • Currently, the fund is focusing on projects that promote understanding of the ecology of, or further the conservation of, the Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii).
  • Any current THS member is eligible to receive awards from the C.H. Lowe Research Fund.
  • Researchers neither need to be affiliated with an institution nor have previous experience. 
  • Individuals are allowed to apply for funding in consecutive years assuming all deliverables have been received from the previous award.
  • K-12 schools and students are encouraged to apply. 
  • The fund is primarily for the purchase of equipment, but can also pay for personnel and travel costs.

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  • THS Board Members and the C.H. Lowe Fund Committee Members are not eligible. 
  • No proposals that involve collecting animals for personal collections or profit will be funded.