Jay Savage is Emeritus Professor of Biology, the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Stanford University and was for many years on the faculty at the University of Southern California before moving to the University of Miami. His research is on the evolutionary and historic determinants of the systematics and distribution of vertebrates (especially amphibians and reptiles), their ecologic role in tropical forests, and biogeographic theory. In 1963, Jay was instrumental in founding the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and served as OTS’ president from 1974-1980. Over his career he has been the major professor for 39 PhD students and a number of Master Degree recipients. He was a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (1982-2000). Jay also has served as President of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and the Society of Systematic Biologists. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee that prepared the book: Ecological Aspects of Development in the Humid Tropics (1982). His publications include over 200 papers and three books. In 1998 Jay was inducted, as an honorary member, into the Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Costa Rica, in recognition of his contributions to the scientific development of Costa Rica and his role in establishing OTS. He received the Henry S. Fitch Award for Excellence in Herpetology from the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in 2000. He was awarded the Archie F. Carr, Jr. Medal for outstanding contributions to knowledge and an understanding of our natural heritage from the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida in 2001. In 2005 he received the Outstanding Service Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. His latest major scholarly contribution, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: a Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas, was published in August 2002. Recent papers include:
2007. Atractus Wagler, 1828 and Atractus trilineatus Wagler, 1827 (Reptilia, Serpentes): proposed conservation. Bull. Zool. Nomen. 64(1):68 (with Marinus S. Hoogmoed).
2007. Comment on the proposed conseravation of usage of Rana ocellata Linnaeus, 1758 (Amphibia, Anura). Bull. Zool. Nomen. 64(1):68.
2007. Comment on the proposed precedence of Chelodina rugosa Ogilby, 1890 (currently Macrochelodina rugosa; Reptilia, Testudines) over Chelodina oblonga Gray, 1841 (Case 3351; see BZN 63: 187-193). Bull. Zool. Nomen. 64(1):68.
2007. Amphibian and reptile declines over 35 years at La Selva, Costa Rica. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104:8352-8356. (with S. M. Whitfield, K. E. Bell, T. Phillippi, M. Sasa, F. BolaZos, G. Chaves, and M. A. Donnelly)
2007. Montane salamanders from the Costa Rica-Panama border region, with description of two new species of Bolitoglossa. Copeia 2007(3): 556-565. (with D. B. Wake and J. Hanken).
2007. Dendrobatidae Cope, 1865 (1859) (Amphibia, Anura): proposed conservation. Bulletin Zool. Nomen. 64(4):255-260. (with C. W. Myers, D. R. Frost, and T. Grant.
2007. Three new malodorous rainfrogs of the genus Pristimantis,Anura:Bracycephalidae) from the Wokomung Massif in west-central Guyana, South America. Zootaxa (1658):39-55. (with D. Bruce Means).