A book signing by John L. Carr, Ph.D., for his new book, “Amphibians & Reptiles of Louisiana,” is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, in room 250 of Hanna Hall at the University of Louisiana Monroe. The book was recently published by the LSU Press. Carr has held the Kitty DeGree Endowed Professorship in Biology since 2011 and is the the curator of the Division of Zoology of the ULM Museum of Natural History.
The event, presented by the School of Sciences, is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. The museum, located on the first floor of Hanna Hall, will be open until 7 p.m. for the event.
In "Amphibians & Reptiles of Louisiana, An Identification and Reference Guide" Carr and coauthor Jeff Boundy describe 139 native amphibians and reptiles, along with eight non-native species now found in the state. Each entry informs readers about the species' behavior, geographic range, populations, food and feeding habits, reproduction and predators. Identification keys to each genus are provided, while drawings of anatomical features, distribution maps and color photographs serve as visual aids.
"I am hopeful others will find my book to be useful and appreciate the natural heritage that we have here in Louisiana," Carr said."
Carr joined ULM in 1996 and teaches human and comparative anatomy, as well as organism-centered classes such as herpetology and field biology. From 1989-1994 he worked as a staff biologist at Conservation International in Washington, D.C., including work with the Rapid Assessment Program in the tropical Andean region of South America.
Boundy is a herpetologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Baton Rouge.