One of the four key pillars of the mission of the Foundation for the Conservation of Salamanders is to fund salamander conservation, education, and research initiatives through annual grants. We are the only foundation solely dedicated to conserving all salamanders and our team works tirelessly throughout the year to ensure that funding is available to support the impressive work of herpetologists around the world. FCsal has funded $43,291 in research projects since 2013. 


Our call for proposals is announced annually in November and posted on our website, social media, and partners. Take a look through the impressive work of some of our past grantees for ideas about what activities we support.

2020 FCSal Grant Recipients

$5,000 Daniel M. DiGigiacomo Grant

Monitoring the incidence of emerging pathogens on endemic urodeles of the Cantabrian range, Spain - $5,000

  • Barbora Thumsová, PhD Student, University of Cádiz

  • Jaime Bosch, Senior Research Scientist, National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid

August Update

Status assessment of the eastern mud salamander in New Jersey - $500 

  • Matt McCann; Science, Research, and Policy Associate; Delaware Riverkeeper Network

June Update

Population genetics of the southern dusky salamander - $1500

  • Chace Holzheuser, PhD Student, Florida State University

Photo Courtesy of Barbora Thumsová

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Past Grant Recipients


Long-term effects of silviculture practices on salamander densities

Nicholas Caruso, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Carola Haas, Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

July UpdateJanuary Update


Proactive development of mitigation tactics to combat the salamander-eating fungus

Molly Bletz and Douglas Woodhams, University of Massachusetts, and Reid Harris, Amphibian Survival Alliance (Update)

Expanding Eastern Hellbender Captive-Rearing Facilities in Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Rod Williams and Nicholas G. Burgmeier, Purdue University, and Joe Smith, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo (Update)

Sublethal Effects of Insecticide on Salamanders

Donald Brown and Alice Millikin, West Virginia University (November Update) (Final Report)


The Effects of Specific Conductance on Stream Salamander Occupancy and Allocthony in Southeastern Kentucky

Jacob Hutton from the University of Kentucky, awarded $5,000 (March update) (June update) (November update) (January update)


Ex-situ Conservation Breeding and Repatriation of the Imperiled Striped Newt Notophthalmus perstriatus in the Apalachicola National Forest, Florida

Robert Mendyk and Mark Beshel of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, awarded $1,994 (Update)

Estimating effective population sizes for central Texas Eurycea cave and spring salamanders

Andrew Corbin at the University of Texas, Arlington, awarded $1,000 (April update)



Assessment of the Conservation status and needs of Taylor's salamander

Dr. Christopher Michaels from the Zoological Society of London and José Alfredo Hernández Díaz from Africam Safari, awarded $4,474 (Final Report)

(January '17 update, right click) (November update) (September update) (June update) (March update)


Developing China’s first Chinese giant salamander conservation eco trail in Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve

Shu Chen from the Zoological Society of London, awarded $500


Vernal Pools for Me

Aram J. K. Calhoun and Kristine Hoffmann from the University of Maine, awarded $500

(Webcomic) (Vernal pool coloring book)



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