Academic Employment

  • 1986 to 1988. Lecturer: University of Leeds, School of Adult and Continuing Education (Reptile Ecology/ Husbandry).
  • 1989. Lecturer: Swarthmore College (Leeds); Evening classes, Adult Education (Reptile/ Amphibian Ecology/Conservation).
  • 1994 to 2003. Lecturer: Huddersfield Technical College. (Animal Behaviour, Animal Husbandry, Scientific Method and Statistics, Research Project Supervision and responsibility for the college reptile collection).
  • 1998 Course Tutor; Management of Exotic Reptiles and Amphibians (Huddersfield Technical College).
  • 2000 Course Tutor; RSPCA staff courses: Management of Exotic Reptiles and Amphibians (Huddersfield Technical College).
  • 1980 – 1987. Herpetological Consultant: Yorkshire Television `It’s a Vets Life`
  • 1990. Consultant: Yorkshire Television ` Mathematical Eye`
  • 1993 Herpetological Consultant: Zeneca (Huddersfield). Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) introduction.
  • 2005. Research Project designing. Knuckles Expedition, Sri Lanka.
  • 2015. Herpetological consultant: Arrow Films (natural history films for National Geographic Channel)
Appointments
  • 1973 – 1975 Secretary (elected) Yorkshire Herpetological Society.
  • 1976 –1977 Chairman (elected) Yorkshire Herpetological Society.
  • 1997 – 2000 Member of main council (elected) British Herpetological Society
  • 1988 – 2003; Advisory Member I.U.C.N. Species Survival Commission, Chelonian Specialist Group (appointed).
  • 1979 - Recipient Delingpole award for research work on reptile hibernation; International Herpetological Society
  • 2012 - present; co-editor (with Dr Roger Avery) Herpetological Bulletin.
  • 2016 - 2017; Interim Editor Herpetological Journal.
  • 2017 - present; Editorial Advisor Testudo.
Manuscript Reviewing
  • Herpetological Journal and its predecessor British Journal of Herpetology, Herpetological Bulletin, Journal of Zoology; London, Amphibia-Reptilia, Applied Herpetology, Journal of Herpetology, Global Change Biology, Herpetological Conservation and Biology, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Salamandra (German Journal of Herpetology), Testudo (journal of British Chelonia Group).
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  • External assessor MSc Dissertations; Queens College, London / British Museum of Natural History, London.
Society Memberships
  • Societas Europaea Herpetologica 1983 – 2002
  • British Herpetological Society 1972 - present
  • Yorkshire Herpetological Society 1972 - 1977
  • Association for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians (ASRA) 1980 - 1987
  • International Herpetological Society 1973 – 1980 & 1999 - 2000
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles 1982 – 1986
  • Herpetologists League 1986
Publications

Most of the publications in the list below are available. Several are co-authored and some multi-authored as can be seen on the pdf files. Copies of the earliest are scans from the journals converted to pdf files. Any future publications will be uploaded as they become available.

          1. (1975). Reptiles. Permanent Light11, 4 – 6   

  • 2. (1976). Notes on the history, care and behaviour of the Varanoidea. Herptile (1) 8, 46 – 53
  • 3. (1977). Outline guide to the classification and evolution of the Lepidosaurs. Herptile (2) 1, 15 – 32.pdf 
  • 4. (1978). Treatment of mouth canker in Varanus nebulosis. Herptile 2, 7.pdf
  • 5. (1978). Successful incubation of two clutches of reptile eggs under fluctuating temperatures. Herptile 3, 10 – 13.
  • 6. (1978). On the thermal relations of two oriental varanids; Varanus bengalensis nebulosis and Varanus salvator. Cotswold       Herpetological Symposium Report 1978, 32 – 47.pdf
  • 7. (1978). Reptile hibernation; a study of a mixed group of temperate forms hibernating under identical conditions. Herptile 3, 28 – 36.
  • 8. (1979). The dental condition of varanid lizards. Chameleon 3, 4 – 5.pdf
  • 9. (1979). Observations on the herpetofauna of a coastal region of southern Yugoslavia (faunistic list). Herptile 4, 18 – 28.
  • 10. (1979). Effects of a bite from an Asiatic pit-viper (Trimeresurus albolabris). Herptile 4, 25 – 27.pdf
  • 11. (1980). Reproductive behaviour of two temperate zone reptiles Elaphe obsoleta and Lampropeltis getulus. ASRA Journal 1, 45 – 60.
  • 12. (1981). Aspects of the field biology of a population of Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in southern Yugoslavia. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 159 – 164.pdf
  • 13. (1982). Body temperatures and activity patterns of Testudo graeca in North West Africa. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 198 – 199.pdf
  • 14. (1982). Allometry in chelonians. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 198 – 199. pdf
  • 15. (1983). Body temperatures of two species of desert amphibians Rana perezi and Bufo mauritanicus. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 284 – 286.pdf
  • 16. (1983). Body temperatures of a desert population of the striped necked terrapin Mauremys caspica. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 335 – 337.pdf
  • 17. (1983). Notes on the incubation of the eggs of the grass snake, Natrix natrix natrix. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 6, 36 – 38.
  • 18. (1983). Observations on the amphibians and reptiles of the Algarve, Portugal. (faunistic list) British Herpetological Society Bulletin 7, 57 – 63.
  • 19. (1984). Field work on amphibians and reptiles in southern Europe and North Africa. Leeds University, November 1983; Leeds Naturalists and Scientific Association 10, 182 – 184 (summary based on a lecture given at an association society meeting at Leeds University).
  • 20. (1984). Thermoregulatory behaviour in a population of Hermanns tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in southern Yugoslavia. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 387 – 391.pdf
  • 21. (1984). Amphibians and reptiles in Montenegro, Yugoslavia (faunistic list). British Herpetological Society Bulletin 9, 43 – 49.
  • 22. (1985). Aspects of the ecology of Testudo hermanni in southern Yugoslavia. British Journal of Herpetology 6, 437 – 445.pdf
  • 23. (1985). Observations on the amphibians and reptiles of southern Morocco (faunistic list). British Herpetological Society Bulletin 12, 28 –36.
  • 24. (1986). Field body temperature of the glass lizard Ophisaurus apodus in Yugoslavia. Amphibia – Reptilia 7, 43 – 49.pdf
  • 25. (1986). A preliminary estimate of the population and biomass density of the glass lizard Ophisaurus apodus in Yugoslavia. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 18, 16 – 17.pdf
  • 26. (1986). I.U.C.N. Red Data Book; Part 1, Testudines, Crocodylia, Rhynchocephalia (review). British Herpetological Society Bulletin 16, 44.
  • 27. (1987). Aspects of the population ecology of Mauremys caspica in North West Africa. Herpetological Journal 1, 130 – 136.pdf
  • 28. (1988). The thermal ecology of Hermanns tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in summer and autumn in Yugoslavia. Journal of Zoology: London 215, 99-111.pdf
  • 29. (1988). Thermal loads experienced by a nesting female Testudo hermanni. Amphibia – Reptilia 9, 311 – 312.pdf
  • 30. (1988). Allometry in Testudo sulcata; a reappraisal. Herpetological Journal 1, 246 – 247.pdf
  • 31. (1988). Thermoregulation in chelonians. Herpetological Journal 1, 253 – 259.pdf
  • 32 (1988). Cryosurgery in the treatment of skin disorders in reptiles. Herpetological Journal 1, 227 – 229.pdf
  • 33. (1988). Husbandry notes on the Asian rat snake Gonysoma oxycephala. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 23, 23 – 24.pdf
  • 34. (1989). The comparative population ecology of Hermanns tortoise (Testudo hermanni) in Croatia and Montenegro, Yugoslavia. Herpetological Journal 1, 404 – 414.pdf
  • 35. (1991). Life history and ecology of the slider turtle; Smithsonian Institute (review). Herpetological Journal 1, 582 – 583.
  • 36. (1991). Foraging behaviour and activity cycles; Symposium on The Ecology and Behaviour of European Lacertids. In Abstracts of 6th Ordinary General Meeting of the Societas Europea Herpetologica, Budapest 1991, 1.
  • 37. (1996). Reptiles, thermoregulation and the environment. BCG Testudo 4, 56 – 78.pdf
  • 38. (1998). Thermoregulation in Physignathus cocincinus (Abstract) In British Herpetological Society 50th Anniversary Meeting. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 62, 36 - 38.
  • 39. (1999) Lizards (review). Herpetological Journal 9, 134 – 135.pdf
  • 40. (1999) Thermoregulation and activity patterns in captive water dragons Physignathus cocincinus, in a naturalistic environment. Herpetological Journal 9, 137 - 146.pdf
  • 41. (2001). Nest temperatures of the water dragon Physignathus lesueurii in south-east Australia. Herpetological Bulletin 76, 26 – 27.pdf
  • 42. (2001). Natural History Note; Physignathus lesueurii (Australian Water Dragon) predation on a skink (Lampropholis delicata). Herpetological Bulletin 76, 31 - 32.pdf
  • 43. (2001). Lizards of Iran (review). Herpetological Journal 11, 83.pdf
  • 44. (2002). Snakes (review). Herpetological Journal 12, 44.pdf
  • 45. (2003). Husbandry of captive bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps); does handling influence thermoregulation? Herpetological Bulletin 82, 5 - 9.pdf
  • 46. (2003). Response of monitor lizards (Varanus spp) to a repeated food source; evidence for association learning? Herpetological Bulletin 84, 1 – 4.pdf
  • 47. (2003). Diurnal body temperatures in semi-captive Tokay geckos (Gecko gecko); evidence for thermoregulation? Herpetological Bulletin 85, 24 – 28.pdf
  • 48. (2004). Understanding the relationship between body temperature and activity patterns in the Giant Solomon Island Skink, Corucia zebrata, as a contribution to the effectiveness of captive-breeding programmes. Applied Herpetology 1, 287 - 298.pdf
  • 49. (2004). The relationship between respiratory rates and husbandry manipulations in captive bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps). Herpetological Bulletin 87, 3 - 8.pdf
  • 50. (2004). Possible effects of antibiotic therapy on digestion in a Solomon Island Skink, Corucia zebrata. Herpetological Bulletin 89, 2-3.pdf
  • 51. (2005). Null models and the thermal biology of the anguid lizard Anguis fragilis; evidence for thermoregulation? Amphibia – Reptilia 26, 445 - 450.pdf
  • 51b (also published in Finnish by the Herpetological Society of Finland in Herpetomania 12,5 – 10.pdf
  • 52. (2005). First studies of the thermal ecology of Ceratophora tennentii: (Sauria: Agamidae) inhabiting the cloud forests of Knuckles Massif, Sri Lanka. In The Diversity of the Dumbara Mountains: The Knuckles Massif, Sri Lanka: with special reference to its herpetofauna. Lyriocephalus 6 (Vols 1 & 2 ) 65 -71.pdf
  • 53. (2005). Altitudinal differences in thermoregulatory behaviour in Calotes versicolor in the Knuckles region, Sri Lanka. In The Diversity of the Dumbara Mountains: The Knuckles Massif, Sri Lanka: with special reference to its herpetofauna. Lyriocephalus 6 (Vols 1 & 2) 83 - 93.pdf
  • 54 (2006). Body temperatures of the common toad, Bufo bufo, in the Vendee, France. Herpetological Bulletin 95, 21 – 24.pdf
  • 55 (2006). Natural History Note; Varanus bengalensis (Bengal monitor): unusual behaviour and feeding. Herpetological Bulletin 95, 31 – 32.pdf
  • 56 (2007). Non-lethal injury in Hermann’s tortoise, Testudo hermanni, in Croatia and Montenegro. Herpetological Bulletin 100, 23 – 29.pdf
  • 57 (2007). Natural History Note; Varanus salvator (water monitor): intra-specific aggression. Herpetological Bulletin 101, 35 - 37.pdf
  • 58 (2008). Basking in the Australian water dragon Physignathus lesueurii: why do alpha males not respond to operative temperatures in the same way as adults and sub-adults? Amphibia-Reptilia 29, 257 – 262.pdf
  • 59 (2008). Natural History Note; Natrix maura (viperine snake): defence behaviour. Herpetological Bulletin 104, 42 –43.pdf
  • 60 (2008). Retreat site characteristics and body temperatures of Saurodactylus brosseti Pasteur and Bons, 1957 (Sauria; Gekkonidae) in Morocco. Bulletin de la Societe Herpetologique de France 128, 43 – 50.pd
  • 61 (2009). Patterns of reptile road-kills in the Vendee region of western France. Herpetological Journal 19, 135 – 142.pdf
  • 62 (2010). Nutritional selection in Hermanns tortoise, Testudo hermanni, in Montenegro and Croatia. BCG Testudo 7, 88 – 95.pdf
  • 63 (2011). Natural History Note; Lacerta bilineata (western green lizard): field injury. Herpetological Bulletin 116, 40 - 41.pdf
  • 64 (2011). Aspects of the thermal ecology of the European tree frog Hyla arborea in Western France. Bulletin de la Societe Herpetologique de France 138, 1 - 11.pdf
  • 65 (2012). Natural History Note;Cooter (Pseudemys cocinna):UK alien species. Herpetological Bulletin 119, 38 - 39.pdf.
  • 66 (2012). Patterns of amphibian road-kills in the Vendee region of western France. Herpetological Journal 22, 49 - 56.pdf.
  • 67 (2012). Anthropogenic sources of mortality in the western whip snake, Hierophis viridiflavus, in a fragmented landscape in Western France. Herpetological Bulletin 120, 7 - 11.pdf
  • 68 (2012) Low survivorship of Rana dalmatina embryos during pond surface freezing. Herpetological Bulletin 120, 32 - 33.pdf
  • 69 (2012) Amphibians in the Vendee. Froglog 20, 43 - 44 (summary of amphibian research in Vendee; IUCN Species Survival Commision).pdf
  • 70 (2013). Post hibernation movements in an aspic viper, Vipera aspis. Herpetological Bulletin 125, 22 - 24.pdf
  • 71 (2014). Reptile dispersal from a hibernaculum in an agricultural landscape in Western France. Herpetological Bulletin 127, 17 - 21. pdf
  • 72 (2014). Temporal distributions, habitat associations and behaviour of the green lizard (Lacerta bilineata) and wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) on roads in a fragmented landscape in Western France. ACTA Herpetologica 9, 179 - 186 pdf
  • 73 (2015). Where do snakes cross roads? Habitat associated road crossings and mortalities in a fragmented landscape in Western France. Herpetological Journal 25, 15 - 19. pdf
  • 74 (2016). Movements, mating and parturition in a female aspic viper, Vipera aspis, in western France. Herpetological Bulletin 137,29 - 31 pdf
  • 75 (2017). Repeated use of roadside tunnels of the European mole (Talpa europea) as a communal nesting area by grass snakes, Natrix natrix: are there thermal benefits? Herpetological Bulletin, 139, 16 - 19. pdf

Colleagues

Roger A Avery. Zoology lecturer at Bristol University (now retired). His research primarily concerned lizard thermoregulation, mostly using lacertid lizards and included the discovery that the degree of social behaviour in lacertid lizards was influenced by the amount of time they had to spend thermoregulating. He wrote one of the chapters on reptile thermal ecology in the Biology of the Reptilia series (1982) and a book on thermoregulation, Lizards; A Study in Thermoregulation.

In 1991 we jointly presented a paper on lizard foraging behaviour at the 6th Ordinary General Meeting of the Societas Europea Herpetologica, in Budapest, Hungary. The photograph, taken in 2000, shows Roger (left), his wife Avril and myself during a break from research on water dragons in Canberra, Australia.

Roger has previously edited British Journal of Herpetology and Amphibia-Reptilia. We currently jointly edit Herpetological Bulletin on behalf of the British Herpetological Society.

Roger Meek Herpetology

 
   

John Smith-Baxter.
John is a Leeds Veterinary Surgeon (and a fellow Scot) with a wide range of interests that include animal behaviour. He has a special interest in cryosurgery, a pain free surgical technique that uses extremely low temperatures to eliminate tumours etc (controlled frostbite if you like). We successfully applied it to several lizards and a box turtle (cs.pdf). John also had a long running television series `It`s a Vets Life` and was a presenter for Yorkshire Television on their news programme `Calendar` describing news items that had animal content. The photograph was taken in one of the large reptile enclosures at Huddersfield Technical College, just after he had given one of the annual guest lectures to students at HTC.

In 2011 John photographed a new alien terrapin in the UK and together we identified the species and submitted a Natural History Note for publication. A copy of the paper is available for download (pdf 65 in the publications list). 

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