Center personnel and collaborators investigate topics germane to the conservation and management of herpetofauna. This research includes basic ecological and behavioral studies, as well as applied studies, addressing issues such as habitat restoration methods. Some of the topics investigated include:

      • Ecological and behavioral studies
      • Herpetofaunal biodiversity surveys
      • Generation of habitat restoration plans
      • Analysis of wetland health
      • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) site characterizations
      • GIS habitat suitability modeling


The Center will provide educational opportunities for traditional and returning students, as well as for continuing education. Opportunities have included:

      • Graduate student research
      • Undergraduate student research experiences
      • Continuing education for individuals such as science teachers
      • On-site training experiences for land manager

      Training provided through the Center may be for credit or noncredit. Individuals participating in more extensive activities may receive certification on completion of training.


The Center is a resource for topics in herpetology, land management, and other related areas. Information can be provided in a variety of formats, including:

      • Formal presentations at professional meetings
      • Conferences at IPFW or sponsored by the Center focusing on herpetofaunal conservation and management
      • Web pages about endangered and other native species, and guidelines for habitat management for herps
      • Brochures and other printed documentation
      • Informal visits to schools and environmental groups

Although the Herp Center is an institution of IPFW, it is largely funded by support external to that provided by the university. Efforts to conduct novel research, or to develop new materials for educational purposes, will generally need to be financially supported by the party requesting them.