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What is NEPARC?

Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC) is a regional working group of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC). Both the regional group (NEPARC) and national group (PARC) are dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna – reptiles and amphibians – and their habitats. The Northeast region includes: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

What is the organizational structure of NEPARC?

The driving force of NEPARC is the working groups, which are formed to work on specific projects. Please view the individual working group webpages of this website to see what NEPARC working groups are currently active, what they are working on, and who the group’s leaders are. To join a working group, contact the group’s leader.

NEPARC is managed by two co-chair positions, each serving a two-year term. The co-chairs are responsible for representing NEPARC to national PARC and chairing the Steering Committee. In addition, NEPARC has an Editorial Board. See below for more information on responsibilities and membership of these committees.

NEPARC Steering Committee

The Steering Committee assists co-chairs with strategic planning and communicating with working groups. The Steering Committee is composed of members representing the various partners (state and federal agencies, academia, and other organizations). The Steering Committee members are elected during our annual meetings. The current Steering Committee members are:

  • Tom Akre (Smithsonian Institution)
  • Scott Angus
  • Lynn Bogan (NY State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation)
  • Andrea Chaloux (New York Natural Heritage Program)
  • Jay Drasher (Aqua-Terra Environmental Ltd)
  • Lori Erb (NEPARC co-chair, Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation)
  • Kathy Gipe (NEPARC co-chair, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission)
  • Glenn Johnson (SUNY Potsdam)
  • Mike Jones (University of Massachusettts – Amherst)
  • Mary Beth Kolozsvary (Siena College)
  • Peter Rosenbaum (SUNY Oswego)
  • Angelena Ross (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • Scott Schlueter (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
  • Scott Smith (Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
  • Valorie Titus (Green Mountain College)
  • Brian Zarate (NEPARC treasurer, New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife)

For more information, please email either Lori Erb or Kathy Gipe.

Non-Voting Members

  • Nancy Karaker (2015 Meeting Host, University of Rhode Island)
  • Amber Smith (Website Manager, Miami University Advanced Inquiry Program Graduate Student)

NEPARC Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is responsible for review and approval of proposed NEPARC products. Working groups submit draft products to the Editorial Board for review. Once a product has been approved, it can be distributed as a NEPARC and/or PARC product. Working groups should submit draft documents to the Editorial Board co-chairs, Glenn Johnson and Peter Rosenbaum, who will facilitate the review process and act as liaisions between the steering committee, editorial board, and working group.

  • Bob Cook (National Park Service, Cape Cod National Seashore)
  • Shelly Grow (Association of Zoos and Aquariums)
  • Glenn Johnson (Ed Board co-chair, SUNY Potsdam)
  • Liz Johnson (American Museum of Natural History – Center for Biodiversity and Conservation)
  • Mary Beth Kolozsvary (Siena College)
  • Stacey McNulty (SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
  • Dave Muñoz (Penn State University)
  • Ariana Newll (New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation)
  • Noelle Rayman (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
  • Peter Rosenbaum (Ed Board co-chair, SUNY Oswego)
  • Angelena Ross (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • Linda Weir (USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center)

What is PARC?

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) is an inclusive partnership dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna–reptiles and amphibians–and their habitats. Our membership comes from all walks of life and includes individuals from state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, museums, pet trade industry, nature centers, zoos, energy industry, universities, herpetological organizations, research laboratories, forest industries, and environmental consultants. Visit the PARC website for more information.