Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership at Ohio State University, October 2014 - Present
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Coordinator

Plans, executes, and monitors a variety of projects throughout Ohio related to the conservation and recovery of amphibians and reptiles.  Position is supported by the Ohio Division of Wildlife through Ohio State University’s Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership.  Current projects include: implementing the Ohio Conservation Plan for the Eastern Hellbender; coordinating the Ohio Hellbender Partnership; surveying, monitoring, and identifying conservation opportunities for the Eastern Massasauga; and, developing conservation plans for Ohio species of conservation concern.


Gregory Lipps, LLC, Herpetological and GIS Consulting 2001 - Present

Consultant.  Clients include the Ohio Division of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, Bowling Green State University, Ohio Department of Transportation, various regulated industries, and park districts. The majority of my work is focused on developing and implementing effective conservation strategies and actions to improve the status of amphibian and reptile species in Ohio.  Projects include:

• Endangered species surveys

• Complete species inventories

• Conservation planning and implementation

• Habitat suitability and spatial analysis using GIS

• Mark-recapture and population estimation

• Development and implementation of monitoring programs

• Predicting species occurrence using GIS modeling

• Production of educational materials and web site


Toledo Zoo, Toledo, Ohio 1995 - 2001
Zookeeper, Department of Herpetology

Responsibilities included caring for a diverse collection of amphibians and reptiles (including venomous); daily cleaning, feed preparation and feeding, enclosure design and construction, facilities maintenance, carrying out veterinarian prescribed treatments, observing animals, record keeping, researching and applying natural history and captive data to improve care and propagation programs; regular contact with print and television media, including participation in the Emmy Award winning "Zoo Today" television show.


EDUCATION:

Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio

M.S. Biology. 2005

Co-instructor for Herpetology (2004).

Awarded State Wildlife Grant ($23,000) for thesis research entitled "Predicting the Occurrence of Rare Amphibians."

Bachelor of Science, Biology 2002


PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

Herpetologists' League

Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Ohio Biological Survey

The Wildlife Society


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Organizer of the biennial Ohio herpetological conferences:
    • Ohio Amphibian Research and Conservation Conference. 2008, 2012, 2016
    • Ohio Reptile Research and Conservation Conference. 2006, 2010, 2014.
    • Co-chair: 2006 - 2009
    • Advisory Board: 2009 - 2010; 2014 - Present
    • Recipient of the 2016 PARC Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation                
    • 2003 - 2016


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

Pfingsten, R.A., J.G. Davis, T.O. Matson, G.J. Lipps, Jr., D. Wynn, and B.J. Armitage (Editors). 2013. Amphibians of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series. Volume 17 Number 1 xiv + 899 p.

Lipps, G.J., Jr. 2013. Eastern Hellbender. Pages 187-208 in: Pfingsten, R.A., J.G. Davis, T.O. Matson, G.J. Lipps, Jr., D. Wynn, and B.J. Armitage (Editors). 2013. Amphibians of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series. Volume 17 Number 1 xiv + 899 p.

Lipps, G.J., Jr. and T.O. Matson. 2013. Amphibian Conservation. Pages 727-750 in: Pfingsten, R.A., J.G. Davis, T.O. Matson, G.J. Lipps, Jr., D. Wynn, and B.J. Armitage (Editors). 2013. Amphibians of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series. Volume 17 Number 1 xiv + 899 p.

Armitage, B.J. and G.J. Lipps, Jr. 2013. Habitats. Pages 33-46 in: Pfingsten, R.A., J.G. Davis, T.O. Matson, G.J. Lipps, Jr., D. Wynn, and B.J. Armitage (Editors). 2013. Amphibians of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin New Series. Volume 17 Number 1 xiv + 899 p.

Lipps, G. J., Jr. 2004. Amphibians and Reptiles. Pages 33-37 in: M. T. Grigore, editor. Living in the Oak Openings: A homeowner's guide to one of the world's last great places. Homewood Press, Toledo, Ohio.

Peer-reviewed articles:

Smeenk NA, Lipps GJ, Allender MC, Backus K, Freeman M, Hribar D, Parsley M. 2016. Snake fungal disease, Ophidiomyces ophidiodiicola, in Ohio, USA.  Herpetological Review 47(4): 592-594.

Bales EK, Hyman OJ, Loudon AH, Harris RN, Lipps G, Chapman E, Roblee K, Kleopfer JD, and Terrell KA. 2015. Pathogenic chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, but not B. salamandrivorans, detected on Eastern Hellbenders. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0116405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0116405.

Cross, M. D., G. J. Lipps, J. M. Sparks, E. J. Tobin, and K. V. Root.  2014.  Pattern-recognition software as a supplemental method of identifying Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene c. carolina).  Herpetological Review 45(4): 584-586.

Baxley, D., G. J. Lipps, and C. P. Qualls.  2011.  Multiscale habitat selection by Black Pine Snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus lodingi) in Southern Mississippi.  Herpetologica 67(2): 154-166.

Russell, R. W., G. J. Lipps, S. J. Hecnar, and G. D. Haffner. 2002. Persistent organic pollutants in Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) from Ohio. Ohio Journal of Science 102(5): 119-122. (pdf)

Selected technical reports and projects:

Lipps, G. J., C. Caldwell, and J. Navarro.  2012.  Ohio Conservation Plan: Eastern Hellbender, Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis.  Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio, 42p.

Lipps, G. J. and R. A. Pfingsten.  2010.  Assessment and conservation of Ohio populations of the Eastern Hellbender.  Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J.  2010.  Landscape characteristics of Eastern Box Turtle locations in the Oak Openings Region of Northwest Ohio.  Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. and R. A. Pfingsten. 2007. A survey of the Hellbender in Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2007. Attempted repatriation of the Cricket Frog onto Middle Bass Island. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Morrison, J.M., Root, K.V., Barnes, J.R., and Lipps, G.  2006. Habitat suitability and demographic population viability models for Florida’s Crested Caracaras. Final Report (FWC Contract No. 01213) for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Peer-reviewed and accepted.

Lipps, G. J. 2006. A survey of the Eastern Massasauga in northern Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2006. Habitat enhancement and management recommendations for endangered and threatened wildlife. (Educational materials for private lands biologists.) Developed for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2005. A framework for predicting the occurrence of rare amphibians: A case study with the Green Salamander. M.S. Thesis. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2005. A survey of the Eastern Massasauga in the Morgan Swamp Nature Preserve. Technical report to the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Dublin, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2004. A survey of the Eastern Massasauga in the vicinity of the Mosquito Creek Reservoir (Trumbull County, Ohio). Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2004. A survey of the Spotted Turtle in northeastern Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2003. A survey of the Cave Salamander in Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2003. A survey of the Green Salamander in Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2003. Monitoring Ohio's Salamanders. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2002. Ohio's pond-breeding salamanders: Standard methods for surveying and monitoring. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2002. Ohio's stream-dwelling salamanders: Standard methods for surveying and monitoring. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2002. A survey of the pond-breeding salamanders along the proposed US 24 corridor, Henry and Lucas Counties. For the Mannik and Smith Group, Maumee, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2001. A survey of the amphibians of the Resthaven Wildlife Area. Technical report to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.

Lipps, G. J. 2000. A survey of the distribution of Blanchard's Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans blanchardi) in northern Ohio. Technical report to the Ohio Biological Survey and The Toledo Zoo.

Invited Presentations:

Partnering to Protect Ohio's Giant Salamander, the Eastern Hellbender.  Ashland University Environmental Lecture Series, Ashland, Ohio.  February 11, 2016.

The Complex Life History of Ohio's Turtles.  Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio.  November 8, 2015. 

Ohio's Snakes and Snake Conservation.  Ohio Wildlife Rehabilitators Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio.  November 8, 2015. 

The State of Ohio's Turtles.  Ohio Turtle Summit.  Ohio Division of Wildlife, Columbus, Ohio.  October 17, 2015.

Partnering to Protect Massasauga Habitat.  Symposium: PARC's Partners in Habitat Conservation.  Joint Meeting of the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Lawrence, Kansas.  August 1, 2015.

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff: Evaluating the Knowing and Doing of Hellbender Recovery.  Keynote presentation at the 7th Hellbender Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri.  June 14, 2015.

From Rattlesnakes to Hellbenders: Conservation of Ohio's Herpetofauna.  Robert F. Heidelberg Wildlife Lecture, Brukner Nature Center, Troy, Ohio.  May 21, 2015.

Conservation and Management of Ohio's Amphibians and Reptiles.  Natural Areas and Preserves Conference, Mohican State Park, Loudonville, Ohio.  November 6, 2014.

Hellbenders in Paradise: The "Bender Hut" as an Artificial Home for Giant Salamanders.  Ohio Transportation  Engineering Conference, Columbus, Ohio.  October 29, 2014.

Conservation and Recovery of the Eastern Hellbender.  Eastern Michigan University Biology Department Seminar, Ypsilanti, Michigan. October 22, 2014.

Herpetological Conservation and Management in Ohio.  Ohio State University Ecology Club, Columbus, Ohio.  October 9, 2014

The Ohio Hellbender Partnership: Ensuring a Future for Giant Salamanders. Creating Sustainable Habitat Through Pipeline Development, Shale Insight Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  September 24, 2014.

The Ohio Hellbender Partnership: Ensuring a Future for Giant Salamanders.  Cleveland Museum of Natural History Conservation Symposium, Cleveland, Ohio.  September 5, 2014.


EXPERTISE:

• Expert knowledge of the use of Geographic Information System (ArcGIS 10.3) and Global Positioning Systems.

• Experience in remote sensing using satellite imagery and ER Mapper software.

• Ability to plan and carry out scientific investigations utilizing appropriate quantifiable data collection techniques and statistical analysis of data.

• Expert knowledge of current techniques for surveying and monitoring amphibians and reptiles.

• Experience with safe handling techniques for venomous reptile species and envenomation treatment.

• Familiar with diagnosis of diseases commonly observed in amphibians and reptiles.

• Experience in radiotelemetry techniques for tracking wildlife.

• Knowledge of museum techniques, including the preparation of voucher specimens for scientific study.

• Well-versed in Population Viability Analysis and the use of Vortex and RAMAS software.

• Able to design, develop, and maintain web sites.

• Competent with PC’s and software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.

• Excellent scientific writing, communication, and public speaking abilities.

• Organize and lead efficient and effective meetings and conferences.


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