PARC is proud to announce the 2013 recipient of the Alison Haskell Award is Charles Painter.
Charlie's career long contributions to herpetofauna conservation, leadership roles and ability to build effective partnerships make him a very deserving winner of this award. Through this award, PARC recognizes Charlie's outstanding passion for, and dedication to, conservation of amphibians and reptiles through quality science, education and partnerships.
He has formed numerous partnerships to implement conservation actions with local, state and federal agencies, universities, tribes and private landowners, among others. Charlie has developed conservation teams, plans or actions for the Jemez Mountain Salamander, Sacramento Mountain Salamander, Chiricahua Leopard Frog, Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, New Mexico Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake, Boreal Toad, Western River Cooter, Big Bend Slider and all of New Mexico's other fascinating herpetofauna. He's developed and fostered a strong relationship with the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of New Mexico, through which one of the strongest herpetofauna collections in the nation has been built and maintained. He's displayed tenacious effort by developing commercial trade regulations for New Mexico's amphibians and reptiles and studying rattlesnake roundups in the region. Also, Charlie has participated in Southwest PARC and assisted in numerous regional and national PARC efforts to compile information on our nation's amphibians and reptiles.
His academic achievements have significantly advanced herpetofauna conservation. He's served on thesis and dissertation committees that shaped several scholars in herpetology that have gone on to make valuable contributions to the scientific community. Charlie has authored over 80 peer reviewed articles, served as editor for Herpetological Review, became the first state herpetologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and has remained committed for over 25 years, and authored the 1996 book Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico. In addition to these accomplishments, he still finds time to teach school children about the importance and fascinating nature of amphibians and reptiles.
Charlie's achievements are truly noteworthy and deserve great recognition from the herpetofauna conservation community. PARC thanks him for his tireless and continued passion, work and dedication to amphibians and reptiles!
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