JAY Mathers Savage is one of the most influential living herpetologists in North America. His research, which has largely focused on the amphibians and reptiles of the Central American republic of Costa Rica (Savage, 2002), continues at a relaxed pace as he now enjoys playing golf, collecting Katsina ( = Kachina) dolls, and traveling the world to see the few places he did not visit during the course of his career. Jay's membership in the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) is a large part of his story in herpetology, and highlights of his involvement with the society will be told as part of the historical perspective that covers his contributions to ichthyology, ‘oceanology,’ biogeography, tropical ecology, and herpetology. Jay has generated more than 200 publications (see Fig. 1), and trained 38 doctoral students, 19 Master's...

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