A scientists' group has rescinded an award to a turtle researcher who included pictures of scantily clad female students doing field research in his speech at a New York conference.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports longtime Brazilian turtle researcher Dick Vogt showed the racy slides Thursday during the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Rochester.
Some slides, which depicted 'scantily clad female students,' were so risque that conference organizers added blue boxes to cover parts of the women's bodies.
Longtime Brazilian turtle researcher Dick Vogt (pictured) showed the racy slides Thursday during the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Rochester
Maureen Donnelly, a director for the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, tweeted that they 'regretted' Vogt's presentation
Conference attendees complained on Twitter that the slides were sexist and exploitative.
The uproar prompted the Herpetologists' League to rescind Vogt's award for distinguished herpetologist on Friday.
Maureen Donnelly, a director with the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, tweeted that her group 'regretted' Vogt's presentation, adding: 'This is why the #JMIH is working on the #CodeOfConduct.'
Emily Taylor (pictured), a herpetologist from Cal-Poly, claimed that the acclaimed researcher has been pulling the same stunt for decades
Ichthyologists Adam Summer expressed his distaste for the presentation by stating in a tweet: 'Herp League decided the most distinguished herpetologist they could find was Dick Vogt.'
'His talk included scantily clad female students. Blue box cover ups were added without Vogt's knowledge.'
Ichthyology is the branch of zoology devoted to the study of fish. Herpetology is concerned