George Pisani

Adjunct herpetologist, Kansas Biological Survey
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Academic degrees
M.S., St. Bonaventure University, N.Y., 1968
B.A. Hunter (Lehman) College, Bronx, N.Y., 1965
National Science Foundation grant for summer research, 1965, administered through the American Museum of Natural History.


  • Henry S. Fitch-Dwight R. Platt Award for Excellence in Field Herpetology, 2013
  • Suzanne L. & Joseph T. Collins Award for Excellence in Kansas Herpetology (Kansas Herpetological Society) for Earth Snake paper (Journal of Kansas Herpetology 32: 20-36) selected as the best published paper on native Kansas herpetofauna during 2009-2010
  • Kansas Herpetological Society Distinguished Life Member Award for research, 2007
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles 50th Anniversary Special Recognition, 2007
  • Kansas Herpetological Society Kamb Award for Kansas Snake Research, 2005 and 2006

Program affiliation
KU Field Station

Area of specialization
Behavior and ecology of snakes

George retired in 2002 after 25 years as Director of Laboratories for the KU Division of Biological Sciences. From 1973 through 1998, he had primary administrative responsibility for all Introductory biology laboratories at KU, which by 1998 included more than 100 sections and more than 1,400 students. He carries on the herpetological research at the KU Field Station that Prof. Henry Fitch began in 1948 and continued for five decades. George's website includes much more information on his extensive background, which includes museum work, public service and other activities.

Current research and related projects

  • Population ecology and den fidelity of Timber Rattlesnakes
  • Conservation biology models for Timber Rattlesnakes
  • Ecology of a prairie grassland population of Virginia valeriae in Leavenworth County, Kansas.
  • Distribution of Virginia valeriae and Storeria occipitomaculata in northeast Kansas.
  • Herpetological data capture-- migration of 55 years of Henry Fitch snake data records to searchable electronic format, georeferenced.
  • Utilization of Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) fruits as a food resource by White-tailed Deer and other Kansas mammals (with Robert M. Timm)

Please see George's website for a list of his publications.



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