Dr. Robert C. Stebbins: Happy Birthday

As so many (bio)accumulation readers have faithfully reminded me, today – March 31st – is Dr. Robert C. Stebbins‘ 98th birthday. Warm wishes to California’s renowned herpetologist!

Robert C. Stebbins, Kensington Residence Studio, 2004                  Museum of Vertebrate Zooology, UC Berkeley

Robert C. Stebbins, Kensington Residence Studio, 2004 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

Feel free to leave a note in a comment below if you’d like to reminisce or share your regards in honor of his birthday.


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  1. #1 by Alan Kaplan on March 31, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Hi, Matt!

    When I worked at Tilden Nature Area, Dr. Stebbins was our “naturalist next door” and was always reliable as a defender of the values the naturalist staff was protecting. We saw him walking on trails, and he often shared his sightings of reptiles and amphibians with us. He brought his expertise to bear on our behalf many times.

    I wish Dr. Stebbins a very happy birthday!

    Alan Kaplan

  2. #2 by Steve Anderson on March 31, 2013 - 9:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to the dean of California herpetology, primo artist and illustrator, educator, and tireless defender of the desert!

  3. #3 by LeonHunter on April 1, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Happy Birthday Bob. The Mojave Desert wildflowers are starting to bloom which reminds me each year of your great contributions in protecting the desert ecosystem and our desert explorations together. Very best wishes.
    Leon and Charlotte Hunter

  4. #4 by Ray Novotny on June 26, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    I guess I don’t read your blog often enough! I did send Dr. Stebbins a card/note via snail mail.

  5. #5 by Eugene Volz on September 20, 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Hi Bob,

    Happy Birthday Bob!
    I had the pleasure being under your guidance as a graduate student and MA candidate from 1954 to 1957. I worked on the reproductive cycle of Gerrohontus coeruleus. in Marin County. I then started my career teaching human anatomy and physiology at Sacramento City College which I did for 40 years. I moved to Idaho and live on the Snake River with lots of Thamnophis elegans, an occasional Charinae bottae and Pituophis I’ve not seen a lizard or turtle.

    I turned 81 ten days before your birthday. If you receive this note and can answer, i’d love to hear from you,

    • #6 by sandersdrdirt@comcast.net on September 20, 2013 - 9:49 pm


      Is Bob aware that a new sp. of legless lizard was named for him. I’ll bet Ted Pappenfus has informed him.

      Dale Sanders

  6. #7 by Charles W. Brown, Ph.D. on October 18, 2013 - 10:58 am

    I see that you have posted a photograph of my former major professor, Bob Stebbins that I took.

    Charles W. Brown, Ph.D.

    • #8 by Matthew Bettelheim on October 18, 2013 - 4:56 pm

      I have indeed – the MVZ was kind enough to grant me permission to reproduce it. It is a fine portrait of Dr. Stebbins the artist.

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