NEW York City, December 7, 2007—we pop out from the underground and take a short walk to a modest apartment that looks towards a quiet park around a lake. Once inside, we sit and enjoy a relaxing view while holding a mug of freshly brewed Colombian coffee. Just across the small living room, talking about life, research, and current topics is Janis Roze. The Latvian herpetologist, emeritus professor of the Universidad Central de Venezuela, the City College, and the City University of New York, has been associated with the American Museum of Natural History and was also advisor of the United Nations Center of Science and Technology, among other things. Despite the productive discussion, we enjoyed similar and successive meetings on March 10, 2008, March 17, 2014, and September 14, 2015.

This narrative of the conversations is far from...

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