The Charles H. Lowe Herpetology Research Fund

Tucson Herpetological Society

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Grant amount: Up to US $600

Fields of work: Herpetology Herpetological Conservation

Applicant type: Individuals, Elementary / Secondary School

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 (the Fund) was established by the Tucson Herpetological Society (THS) to support research that contributes to the conservation of the herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert region.

This includes the states of Arizona, Baja California, Baja California Sur, California, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Sonora, and includes the islands in the Gulf of California. 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, Jr. (1920-2002). The fund was inaugurated at the Current Research on the Herpetofauna of the Sonoran Desert II Conference, April 2002.

The 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.

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  • Any current Tucson Herpetological Society (THS) member is eligible to receive awards from the Fund.
  • Researchers need not be affiliated with an institution and need not have previous experience.
  • K-12 educational institutions and students are encouraged to apply.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.


  • 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.

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This page was last reviewed September 23, 2020 and last updated September 23, 2020