Special Issue: End of an era for African Herpetology

Posted 2 July 2018 by NISC under Announcements & Notices • Journal: African Journal of Herpetology
Special Issue: End of an era for African Herpetology

Donald G. Broadley was one of Africa’s most prolific recent authors. He produced over 410 articles, including numerous comprehensive and detailed taxonomic reviews of lizard and snake genera. African Journal of Herpetology, Volume 67, Issue 1  is a special issue that commemorates the work and life of Donald G. Broadly (29 May 1932 – 10 March 2016). 

Deservedly, in 1991, he was awarded the Exceptional Contribution to African Herpetology award by the Herpetological Association of Africa which he was a founder member.

“Don’s impact and service to African herpetology extended far beyond his published research. For example, he regularly reviewed manuscripts, presented papers at conferences, and guided young herpetologists. He was also made a fellow of several societies,” said W.R. Branch and M.F. Bates in their article, “Donald George Broadley: Bibliography, taxonomic discoveries and patronyms,”  published in this commemorative issue. This article is available to read at no cost until the end of July 2018. 

In recognition of his services to African herpetology and wildlife, numerous species have been named in his honour, including (up to 2016) one genus (a lizard, Broadleysaurus) and 15 species (five amphibians, eight reptiles, and two invertebrates).

“End of an era for African Herpetology—An obituary for a remarkable man: Donald George Broadley (29 May 1932 – 10 March 2016)”  can be read at no cost until the end of July 2018. This obituary summarises, emphasises and honours his many achievements as a herpetologist, and notes the many honours bestowed on him by the scientific community.

African Journal of Herpetology (AJH) serves as an outlet for original research on the biology of African amphibians and reptiles. AJH is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes original articles and reviews from diverse fields and disciplines, such as conservation, phylogenetics, evolution, systematics, performance, physiology, ecology, behavioural ecology, ethology, and morphology. 


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