WITH the death of DAVID B. WAKE on April 29, 2021, herpetology, along with organismal biology generally, has lost an inspirational leader and mentor. His success in these roles rested on encyclopedic knowledge, a gentle demeanor, open-mindedness, and a deft personal touch. Throughout his career, initially at the University of Chicago and then for 52 years at the University of California, Berkeley, Dave exemplified what it means to be an integrative biologist, with the organism as a leading partner. In Dave's case, his beloved focal taxon was plethodontid salamanders. Like Dave, this group of inconspicuous, quiet, nocturnal species with rather minimalist needs does not call undo attention to itself. But this clade, like Dave, has had a disproportionate impact on many of the communities it was part of. And largely because of Dave, discoveries about plethodontids have provided illuminating examples that shape our understanding of topics as disparate as how...

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