Board of Directors
Liz Willey, Ph.D. serves on the faculty in the Conservation Biology Program of the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Liz has worked with over a dozen species of freshwater turtle in eastern North America.
Jonathan Mays is a research biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Gainesville, Florida, where he studies Barbour's map turtles, alligator snapping turtles, and Keys striped mud turtles. Jonathan is a partner on box turtle studies in Florida. Previously, Jonathan was the herpetologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor, Maine, where he led studies of more northerly species such as Blanding's turtle.
Marlissa Briggett has been practicing law since 1991, and has been actively involved in city government in Cambridge and Arlington, Massachusetts. Marlissa has served as an attorney-advisor to the United States Commission on Human Rights.
Tom Akre, Ph.D. is an ecologist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, where he is the director of Virginia Working Landscapes. Tom has coordinated studies of freshwater turtles in the United States, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Mike Jones, Ph.D. is the Massachusetts State Herpetologist. Mike co-led regional freshwater turtle conservation programs for the University of Massachusetts. As an ATO Board Member, Mike coordinates and manages field projects in Florida, Mexico, and Arizona.
Chelsea Mahnk is a field biologist working in southern Arizona. Her research involves a radio-telemetry study looking at movement patterns of Arizona Mud Turtles. Chelsea has a Graduate Certificate in Wildlife & Fisheries Management and has previously worked on numerous field studies for the National Park Service.
Patrick Roberts is a conservation biologist working in association with the University of Massachusetts to develop a conservation plan for wood turtles in the Northeastern USA. Previously, Patrick studied the effects of forest management practices on early-successional wildlife communities.
Jessica Meck is a Master's student at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. Jess' graduate studies focus on the ecology and conservation of the Gulf Coast box turtle in the Florida Panhandle.
Steve Ecrement is an environmental scientist for Tighe & Bond Wetlands & Ecological Services Group in Westfield, Massachusetts. Steve has worked on avian and herpetological inventories, monitoring, management and research throughout the United States and Nicaragua.
Jared Franklin is a Biological Science Aide with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Immokalee, Florida. His work includes monitoring Florida Box Turtles in the Ten Thousand Islands region of southern Florida, a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and American Turtle Observatory.
Ellery Ruther is a doctoral student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign studying spotted turtle population dynamics and movement on army installations. Previously, Ellery was biologist for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute working predominately with wood turtles, as well as a
Matt Grassi works as a Biological Science Aide for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Florida Panther and Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuges. Matt is involved with a variety of projects at the refuges which include Florida Box Turtle telemetry studies and Loggerhead Sea Turtle nesting surveys.
Board of Advisors
Derek Yorks is a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor, Maine, where he supervises field studies and conservation of rare turtles, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Previously, Derek conducted studies of wildlife-road effects for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Jorge H. Valdez-Villavicencio, M.S. is the project coordinator for Conservacion del Fauna del Noroeste in Ensenada, Baja California.
Trevor Persons conducts studies of amphibians and reptiles for the USGS Colorado Plateau Research Station and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Dr. Rodrigo Macip Ríos is an Assistant Professor at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Puebla City, Puebla, México, where he focuses on the ecology of kinosternid turtles. His research focuses on links between biodiversity and development in eastern México.
Charles Innis, VMD, DAVBP(RA) is the lead vet for the New England Aquarium and has extensive experience with freshwater and marine turtle conservation.
Will Selman, Ph.D. is a wildlife biologist for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and the research coordinator for the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Louisiana. Will has published numerous papers on the ecology of freshwater turtles including yellow-blotched sawback and diamondback terrapin, and a co-author of the most recent new species description in the United States (Graptemys pearlensis).
Glenn Johnson, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Biology Department at the State University of New York in Potsdam, New York. Glenn coordinates studies of turtles throughout northern New York and has worked throughout New York and Pennsylvania.
Phillip deMaynadier, Ph.D. is a biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in Bangor, Maine, where he supervises field studies and conservation of vernal pools, invertebrates, and amphibians.
Brian Zarate is a biologist with the New Jersey Endangered and Nongame Species Program in Clinton, New Jersey.
Scott Angus is a biologist with experience studying birds, snakes, and turtles in the mid-Atlantic region of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Lori Erb is a bog turtle program manager for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Herpetology and Conservation and one of the co-chairs of the Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NEPARC).
Betty Mobbs supervises a sixteen-year study of eastern painted turtle in eastern Massachusetts and has worked with a variety of turtles in New England.
John D. (JD) Kleopfer is a herpetologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) in Charles City, Virginia.
Angelena Ross is a wildlife biologist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in the St. Lawrence Valley of northern New York, where she coordinates conservation programs for spruce grouse and Blanding’s turtle.
Luis Diaz Gamboa teaches herpetology at the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán (UADY) in Merida, Yucatán. He coordinates field studies of freshwater turtles on the Yucatán Peninsula and supervises herpetological inventories in Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán. Luis is the director of the Red para la Conservación de los Anfibios y Reptiles de Yucatán (RCARY).
Noah Charney, Ph.D. is a wildlife biologist and landscape ecologist at Bryn Mawr University in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Noah applies novel analytical methods to large ecological datasets to quantify meaningful trends.
Al Richmond, Ph.D. teaches herpetology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and marine vertebrates at the University of Massachusetts, and has studied the turtles of Massachusetts for several decades.
Peter Rosenbaum, Ph.D. is a professor in the Biology Department at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he coordinates long-term studies of spotted turtles and bog turtles.
David M. Carroll is an artist and naturalist from Warner, New Hampshire, and is the author of four nationally-acclaimed natural history books on wetland ecology and conservation including The Year of the Turtle, in which he beautifully catalogs the annual cycle of the spotted turtle. David and his wife, Laurette, operate an art studio in Warner.
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