Founder of Turtle Island, Board of Directors.
Study of Biology and Zoology at the Karl-Franzens-University of Graz. Masters thesis and Ph.D.
dissertation completed on ecology, taxonomy and phylogeny of South Asian turtles.
Curator and Field Research Biologist at the Behler Chelonion Center in Ojai, California. Conservation Biologist for solar energy projects and military training grounds in California and Nevada.
Member of the Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Specialist Group/International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Member of the Field Conservation Committee and Scientific Adviser to the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA)
Focus of research: taxonomy, conservation genetics of turtles, linking of ex– and in-situconservation measures. Lecturer at the Karl-Franzens University, Scientific Consultant for various wildlife documentary films and television productions.