The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists is dedicated to the scientific study of fishes, amphibians and reptiles. The primary emphases of the Society are to increase knowledge about these organisms, to disseminate that knowledge through publications, conferences, symposia, and other means, and to encourage and support young scientists who will make future advances in these fields.

The programs of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists are part of a global effort to interpret, understand, and conserve the Earth’s natural diversity and to contribute to the wise use of natural resources for the long-term benefit of humankind.

During its first 79 years of existence, ASIH has established an enviable reputation as a scientific society through its publications, meetings, encouragement of international and young scientists and responsiveness to biological diversity issues. During the next decade ASIH plans to build on these successes more fully to interpret, understand and conserve the diversity of life on our planet for the consequent benefit of humanity.


ASIH has an active volunteer committee program that focuses on issues of special concern for science and society as they relate to knowledge of ichthyology and herpetology in a number of areas including:

– Animal Welfare

– Biodiversity and Conservation

– Environmental Quality

– Nomenclature

– Scientific and Public Education and

– Scientific Research Collections, Resources and Practices.