Aug 29, 2013 08:59 SLU professor recognized for work SLU professor recognized for work Photo provided by RANDY BERGERON -- David Sever, professor and former head of the Department of Biological Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University, handles a copperhead snake used in his research. Sever was honored with the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year Award presented by the Herpetologists' League, an international association. Snake expert receives Herpetologist of the Year Award Advocate staff report Aug. 29, 2013 Comments Southeastern Louisiana University snake and salamander expert David Sever has been honored with the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year Award presented by the international association Herpetologists’ League. Sever, the Kenneth Dyson Endowed Professor and former head of the Southeastern Department of Biological Sciences, received the award at the annual Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists held recently in Alberquerque, N.M. “The recognition of Dr. Sever as the Distinguished Herpetologist of the Year is well-deserved,” said Christopher Beachy, head of the Department of Biological Sciences. “Sever’s international expertise in reproductive anatomy of vertebrates is unquestioned. In terms of number of scientific publications and grants, he is simply prolific. It is difficult to name anyone who has written and worked more in this area. From my perspective as a professional and as editor of a journal that publishes herpetological work, I consider Dr. Sever one of the most important salamander biologists in history.” A member of the Southeastern faculty since 2004, Sever is known widely for his research into the sexual characteristics of salamanders and snakes. He is the recipient of several National Science Foundation Grants and co-edited the text “Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Snakes,” a heavily illustrated 759-page text.