The Charlie Painter Memorial Award was created in honor of Charles (Charlie) W. Painter (1949-2015) to recognize an individual who lives or works in the SWPARC region and who has demonstrated excellent mentorship for students/enthusiasts in herpetology or has displayed excellence in sharing knowledge of the natural history of reptiles and amphibians. (Find out more about the award.)
2017: Norman J. Scott, Ph.D
Norm Scott has spent a lifetime studying the ecology, natural history, and conservation of southwestern amphibians and reptiles. His contributions include numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, agency reports, and recovery plan contributions. He has mentored budding herpetologists for more than 50 years, with an emphasis on the importance of outreach and working with local people to successful conservation.
2016: Randy D. Jennings, Ph.D
Randy Jennings has contributed in numerous ways to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, including serving on a state endangered species review panel, federal recovery team, and working with public and private land-owners to successfully reintroduce the Chiricahua leopard frog in New Mexico. He has mentored many undergraduate and graduate students and enthusiastically shares his knowledge and passion for the natural history of reptiles and amphibians with anyone visiting his lab at Western New Mexico University.