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TFTSG Membership

The TFTSG currently has 322 members from 54 nations.
(as of 29 March 2019)
(For global maps of where TFTSG members live, work or focus [2004-2008 Quadrennium data], click here)

Membership in the TFTSG is by invitation only, based on experience, expertise,
and leadership in freshwater turtle or tortoise conservation and/or biology.

Please contact Craig Stanford if you would like to be considered for TFTSG membership. We are especially interested in new members from nations under-represented in the membership, and who are focused on scientific research and/or conservation efforts for tortoises and/or freshwater turtles. We are always interested in new members with turtle and/or tortoise expertise and a passion for their conservation. Turtles are in serious trouble and need all the help they can get. If you feel that you are interested and would like to contribute to our work, please contact us. Although membership is considered an honor earned, it is also a responsibility to participate and to contribute actively to our turtle conservation efforts. We focus primarily on scientific evaluations of status and threats analysis, and help to catalyze conservation action, while avoiding non-scientific advocacy. For more detailed information on the work and activities of the TFTSG, see this link.

For a short history of the TFTSG and its former leadership, click here.



TFTSG Executive Committee: (Leadership for the 2016–2020 Quadrennium as of May 2017)


Craig B. Stanford (Chair TFTSG) [Send Email]
     University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Anders G.J. Rhodin (Chair Emeritus & Executive Vice Chair TFTSG, Co-Chair TCF) [Send Email]
     Director, Chelonian Research Foundation, Lunenburg, MA, USA


Peter Paul van Dijk (Deputy Chair TFTSG) [Send Email]
     Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin, TX, USA
     Turtle Conservancy, New York, NY, USA


Rick Hudson (Deputy Chair TFTSG) [Send Email]
     President, Turtle Survival Alliance, Fort Worth, TX, USA


Carla Eisemberg (Red List Coordinator TFTSG) [Send Email]
     Charles Darwin University, Australia
     Centro de Estudos dos Quelônios da Amazônia, Brazil


Brian D. Horne [Send Email]
     Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, NY, USA


Russell A. Mittermeier [Send Email]
      Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation, Austin, TX, USA
      Past President, Conservation International, Arlington, VA, USA



Eric V. Goode [Send Email]
     President, Turtle Conservancy, New York, NY, USA          


Andrew Walde [Send Email]
     Turtle Survival Alliance, Cross, SC, USA          


Gerald Kuchling [Send Email]
     Chelonia Enterprises, Perth, WA, Australia         




TFTSG Steering Committee and  IUCN Red List Authority:

Craig B. Stanford, USA (Chair, EC)
Ernst H.W. Baard, South Africa
Kristin H. Berry, USA
Torsten E.G. Blanck, Austria
Kurt A. Buhlmann, USA
Andrea Currylow, USA
Indraneil Das, Malaysia
Carla Eisemberg, Australia & Brazil (Red List Coordinator, EC)
Arthur Georges, Australia
J. Whitfield Gibbons, USA
Paul M. Gibbons, USA
Eric V. Goode, USA (EC)
Douglas B. Hendrie, Vietnam
Brian D. Horne, USA
Rick Hudson, USA (Deputy Chair, EC)
John B. Iverson, USA
Gerald Kuchling, Australia (EC)
Michael Lau, China
Dwight P. Lawson, USA
Jeffrey E. Lovich, USA
Luca Luiselli, Italy & Nigeria
Russell A. Mittermeier, USA (EC)
Edward O. Moll, USA
Vivian P. Páez, Colombia
Peter C.H. Pritchard, USA
Hugh R. Quinn, USA
Herilala Randriamahazo, Madagascar
Anders G.J. Rhodin, USA (Chair Emeritus & Executive Vice Chair, EC)
H. Bradley Shaffer, USA
Dionysius S.K. Sharma, Malaysia
Shi Haitao, China
Shailendra Singh, India
Peter Paul van Dijk, USA (Deputy Chair, EC)
Richard C. Vogt, Brazil
Andrew Walde, USA (EC)


Regional Vice-Chairs, TFTSG

North America
     Rosalinda Palomo-Ramos, Mexico
     Will Selman, USA

Latin America
     Richard C. Vogt, Brazil
     German Forero-Medina, Colombia
     Vivian P. Páez, Colombia

     Albert Bertolero, Spain
     Gerardo Garcia, United Kingdom

     Tomas Diagne, Senegal
     Luca Luiselli, Italy & Nigeria
     Margaretha Hofmeyr, South Africa

     Andrea Currylow, USA & Madagascar
     Soary Randrianjafizanaka, Madagascar
     Herilala Randriamahazo, Madagascar

South Asia
     Shailendra Singh, India
     Caesar Rahman, Bangladesh

     Shi Haitao, China
     Gong Shiping, China

Southeast Asia
     Kalyar Platt, Myanmar
     Steve Platt, Myanmar
     Joko Guntoro, Indonesia

     Arthur Georges, Australia
     Ricky Spencer, Australia

Current TFTSG Membership (2016-2020)

The following is a list of all TFTSG Members for the 2016-2020 IUCN Quadrennium, including Last Name, First Name, and Country of Residence. For full professional information, TFTSG Members may access the members-only password-protected membership database (click here). Non-members who wish to make contact with members or make enquiries pertinent to turtle conservation efforts by any of these members or in these areas may contact Craig Stanford for more information and referrals to the members.

All members of this TFTSG network of turtle specialists are available as appropriate to help provide commentary, expertise, consultation, and/or guidance to assist turtle conservation efforts or endeavors wherever needed. We will make every effort to meet all legitimate needs and to provide help or advice as necessary. We engage in scientific data-driven technical advice recommendations and do not engage in non-data-driven advocacy. Contact Craig Stanford for any questions.

Acuña-Mesén, Rafael A., Costa Rica
Ades, Gary W.J., China
Aguirre Leon, Gustavo, Mexico
Ahsan, M. Farid, Bangladesh
Akre, Thomas S.B., USA
Alcalde, Leandro, Argentina
Allman, Phil, USA
Altherr, Sandra, Germany
Amepou, Yolarnie, Papua New Guinea
Anadon, Jose, USA
Anders, Ben, USA
Arakelyan, Marine, Armenia
Aresco, Matthew J., USA
Artner, Harald, Austria
Attum, Omar, USA
Auliya, Mark A., Germany
Avery, Harold W., USA
Ayres, Cesar, Spain
Baard, Ernst H.W., South Africa
Baha El Din,  Sherif, Egypt
Baker, Patrick J., USA
Banks, Chris B., Australia
Baruah, Chittaranjan, India
Batistella, Alexandre, Brazil
Baxter, Richard, Seychelles
Berry, Kristin H., USA
Bertolero, Albert, Spain
Bjorndal, Karen A., USA
Blanck, Torsten E.G., Austria
Bock, Brian C., Colombia
Böhm, Stephan, Austria
Bolton, Ryan M., Canada
Bour, Roger, France
Bourquin, Ortwin, USA
Brooks, Ronald J., Canada
Buhlmann, Kurt A., USA
Buley, Kevin R., United Kingdom
Burke, Russell L., USA
Bury, R. Bruce, USA
Buskirk, James R., USA
Butler, Joseph A., USA
Cabrera, Mario, Argentina
Caccone, Adalgisa, USA
Cadi, Antoine, France
Calderón-Mandujano, Romel René, México
Calle, Paul P., USA
Caporaso, Fredric, USA
Carr, John L., USA
Castaño-Mora, Olga Victoria, Colombia
Castellano, Christina, Australia
Cayot, Linda J., USA
Ceballos, Claudia, Brazil
Chan, Eng-Heng, Malaysia
Chauhan, Rajeev, India
Chen, Pelf Nyok, Malaysia
Chen, Tien-Hsi, China (Taiwan)
Choudhury, Binod Chandra, India
Clavijo-Baquet, Sabrina, Uruguay
Colli, Guarino, Brazil
Collins, David E., USA
Congdon, Justin D., USA
Conway-Gómez, Kristen, USA
Crews, David, USA
Crow, Paul, China
Currylow, Andrea, USA
Das, Indraneil, Malaysia
D'Cruze, Neil, United Kingdom
de Bruin, Ron W.F., Netherlands
De Silva, Anslem, Sri Lanka
Deepak, V., India
Diagne, Lamine, Senegal
Diagne, Tomas, Senegal
Diesmos, Arvin, Philippines
Dodd, C. Kenneth, Jr., USA
Doody, J. Sean, Australia
Dorcas, Michael E., USA
Drobenkov, Sergey, Belarus
Drummond, Gláucia Moreira, Brazil
Eisemberg, Carla, Australia
Emmett, David, Cambodia
Enders, Steve, USA
Engstrom, Tag N., USA
Ennen, Joshua, USA
Estrades, Andrés, Uruguay
Fachín-Terán, Augusto, Brazil
Fallabrino, Alejandro, Uruguay
Fanazava, Rijasoa, Madagascar
Farkas, Balázs L., Hungary
Feldman, Mark L., New Zealand
Ferreira Júnior, Paulo Dias, Brazil
Ferri, Vincenzo, Italy
Ferronato, Bruno de Oliveira, Peru
Fidenci, Pierre, USA
Fielder, Darren P., Australia
FitzSimmons, Nancy N., Australia
Flanagan, Joseph P., USA
Flores-Villela, Oscar A., Mexico
Fong, Jonathan J., USA
Fontijne, Wim, Netherlands
Fordham, Damien A., Australia
Forero-Medina, German, Colombia
Fornetti, Alessandro Nati, Italy
Frankel, Matthew G., USA
Freeman, Alastair B., Australia
Freyer, Daniela, Germany
Fritz, Uwe, Germany
Gallego-Garcia, Natalia, Colombia
Garcia, Gerardo, United Kingdom
Gawan, Saurav, India
Georges, Arthur, Australia
Gerlach, Justin, United Kingdom
Germano, David J., USA
Ghaffari, Hanyeh, Iran
Gibbons, J. Whitfield, USA
Gibbons, Paul M., USA
Gibbs, James P., USA
Gillingwater, Scott D., Canada
Gimenez Casalduero, Andres, Spain
Godwin, James C., USA
Gong Shiping, China
Gonzalez-Porter, Gracia, Mexico
Goode, Eric V., USA
Gracia Martinez, Eva, Spain
Griffiths, Owen L., Mauritius
Guntoro, Joko, Indonesia
Guyot Jackson, Ghislaine, USA
Hagen, Cris, USA
Hailey, Adrian, Trinidad & Tobago
Harding, James H., USA
Heinrich, George L., USA
Hendrie, Douglas B., Vietnam
Henen, Brian T., USA
Heng Sovannara, Cambodia
Hennig, Andreas S., Germany
Herman, Dennis W., USA
Herman, Thomas B., Canada
Hernandez, Omar, Venezuela
Hodges, Kathryn M., Australia
Hofmeyr, Margaretha D., South Africa
Holloway, Rohan, Australia
Holmstrom, William F., USA
Hoogmoed, Marinus S., Brazil
Horne, Brian D.,  USA
Horta, Gabriel de Freitas, Brazil
Howeth, Jennifer G., USA
Hudson, Rick, USA
Ibarrondo, Bonggi Rodrigo, Indonesia
Ihlow, Flora, Germany
Inchaustegui, Sixto J., Dominican Republic
Innis, Charles J., USA
Iskandar, Djoko T., Indonesia
Ivanchev, Ivo E., Bulgaria
Iverson, John B., USA
Jackson, Dale R., USA
Jacobson, Elliott R., USA
Janzen, Fredric J., USA
Jensen, Karen A., USA
Jones, Michael, USA
Jones, Robert L., USA
Juvik, James O., USA
Kennett, Rod M., Australia
Kiester, A. Ross, USA
Klerks, Mark, Netherlands
Krishnasamy, Kanitha, Malaysia
Kuchling, Gerald, Australia
Kundu, Shantanu, India
Landrey, Chuck, USA
Lau, Michael, China
Lawson, Dwight P., USA
Le, Minh, USA
Lechowicz, Christopher J., USA
Lehr, Edgar, USA
Leone, Chris, USA
Leuteritz, Thomas E.J., USA
Lewis, Richard E., Madagascar
Lieberman, Susan S., Switzerland
Limpus, Duncan J., Australia
Lindeman, Peter V., USA
Lipman, Alison, USA
Litzgus, Jacqueline D., Canada
Liu, James, USA
Loehr, Victor J.T., Netherlands
Louis, Edward E., Jr., USA
Lovich, Jeffrey E., USA
Luiselli, Luca, Italy
Mantziou, Georgia, Greece
Maran, Jérôme, France
Maurer, Max, USA
McCormack, Tim, Vietnam
McCoy, Earl D., USA
McDiarmid, Roy W., USA
McGaugh, Suzanne E., USA
Medica, Philip A., USA
Merchán Fornelino, Manuel, Spain
Meshaka, Walter E., Jr., USA
Métrailler, Sébastien, Switzerland
Meylan, Peter A., USA
Michels, Jan, Germany
Mifsud, David, USA
Mitchell, Joseph C., USA
Mittermeier, Russell A., USA
Mobaraki, Asghar, Iran
Moldowan, Patrick, Canada
Moler, Paul E., USA
Moll, Edward O., USA
Moll, Don, USA
Mortimer, Jeanne A., Seychelles
Mushinsky, Henry R., USA
Mwaya, Reginald T., Tanzania
Nottebaert, Claude, France
Noureen, Uzma,  Pakistan
Ogle, Michael, USA
Orenstein, Ronald I., Canada
Ota, Hidetoshi, Japan
Owens, Thomas C., USA
Paasikunnas, Timo, Finland
Páez, Vivian P., Colombia
Palomo-Ramos, Rosalinda, Mexico
Pappas, Michael J., USA
Parham, James F., USA
Pauler, Waltraud, Germany
Pearse, Devon E., USA
Pedrono, Miguel, France
Perälä, Jarmo, Finland
Pezzuti, Juarez C.B., Brazil
Platt, Kalyar, Myanmar
Platt, Steven G., Myanmar
Plummer, Michael V., USA
Polisar, John, USA
Poynter, Bradley, USA
Praschag, Peter, Austria
Pritchard, Peter C.H., USA
Prowant, Lisa, USA
Purkayastha, Jayaditya, India
Quinn, Hugh R., USA
Rafeliarisoa, Tsilavo H., Madagascar
Raffel, Martina, Germany
Rahman, Caesar Shariar, Bangladesh
Ramy, Angelo M., Madagascar
Randriamahazo, Herilala J.A.R., Madagascar
Randrianjafizanaka, Soary, Madagascar
Rao, R.J., India
Raphael, Bonnie L., USA
Rashid, S.M.A., Bangladesh
Razafindrakoto, A. Léon, France
Reyes Grajales, Eduardo, Mexico
Rhodin, Anders G.J., USA
Riedle, J. Daren, USA
Rioux Paquette, Sébastien, New Zealand
Riyanto, Awal, Indonesia
Rodrigues, Maurice, USA
Rollinson, Njal, Canada
Roosenburg, Willem M., USA
Rouot, Simon, France
Rueda-Almonacid, José Vicente, Colombia
Saumure, Raymond A., USA
Sachsse, Walter, Germany
Salzberg, Allen S., USA
Schaffer, Chuck, USA
Schaffer, Jason R., Australia
Schoppe, Sabine, Philippines
Scott, Norman J., Jr., USA
Seidel,    Michael E., USA
Seigel, Richard A., USA
Selman, Will, USA
Senneke, Darrell, USA
Shaffer, H. Bradley, USA
Sharma, Dionysius S.K., Malaysia
Shepherd, Chris R., Canada
Shi Haitao, China
Singh, Shailendra, India
Slavens, Frank, USA
Slimani, Tahar, Morocco
Smith, Lora L., USA
Som, Sitha, Cambodia
Souza, Franco L., Brazil
Spencer, Ricky, Australia
Spinks, Phillip Q., USA
Spotila, James R., USA
Stanford, Craig B., USA
Starkey, David E., USA
Stuart, Bryan L., USA
Sung Yik Hei, China
Swingland, Ian R., United Kingdom
Tabaka, Chris, USA
Tapia, Washington, Ecuador
Taskavak, Ertan, Turkey
Thomas, R. Brent, USA
Thomson, Robert C., USA
Thomson, Scott, Australia
Trauth, Stanley E., USA
Tuberville, Tracey D., USA
Tucker, John K., USA
Türkozan, Oguz, Turkey
Valenzuela, Nicole, USA
van Dijk, Peter Paul, USA
Vargas-Ramirez, Mario A., Germany
Vasudevan, Karthik, India
Velosoa, Juliette, Madagascar
Vetter, Holger, Germany
Vinke, Sabine, Paraguay
Vinke, Thomas, Paraguay
Vogt, Richard C.,  Brazil
Walde, Andrew, USA
Walker, Ryan C.J., United Kingdom
Walsh, Timothy J., USA
Walton, Elizabeth M., USA
Weissgold, Bruce J., USA
Wen Cheng, China
Whitaker, Nikhil, India
Willey, Elizabeth, USA
Wilson, Dawn S., USA
Yasukawa, Yuichirou, Japan
Zadhoush, Behzad, Iran
Zaher, Hussam, Brazil
Zappalorti, Robert T., USA
Zeigler, F. William, USA
Zhang Fang, China
Zhou Ting, China
Zovickian, William H., USA
Zuffi, Marco A.L., Italy
Zug, George R., USA

Former TFTSG members 1981–Present (141 Total)