Brian D. HORNE

Advisory Board

About me.

Brian completed his Ph.D. at Ohio University, studying the developmental biology of Neotropical freshwater turtles.


Following his studies, Brian spent five years as a post-doctoral fellow at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research investigating critically endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises in South and Southeast Asia.

Brian currently coordinates the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) global tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation programs. In addition, he serves as the co-chair of the International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.

He is also co-chair of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s (TSA) field conservation programs, a member of the editorial board for the journal of Chelonian Conservation and Biology and the online journal Herpetological Conservation and Biology, and a board member of the Turtle Conservation Fund.

Brian’s passion for turtles began at an early age in the southeastern United States, a region that supports an abundance of diverse turtle species. These childhood experiences led Brian to conduct over twenty years of turtle related research on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

In addition to his turtle conservation publications, Brian is also widely published on topics ranging from parasitology to endocrinology, and his wildlife photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines.

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