Dr. Jeff Lovich, a Research Ecologist from the U.S. Geological society will discuss “Where have all the turtles gone and why does it matter”.
As a Research Ecologist, Jeff is interested in the interactions of animals and their physical environment. Current research is focused on the ecology of turtles and tortoises and the effects of utility-scale renewable energy development (wind and solar) on wildlife, particularly in the Desert Southwest United States.
Jeff is a Research Ecologist with the Southwest Biological Science Center. He has studied the ecology and systematics of turtles and other reptiles for over 30 years, discovering and naming four of the world’s 356 turtle species, including three in the United States and one in Japan. Other interests include the ecological impacts of invasive species, the ecology and distribution of relict species, and the impacts of human activities (including renewable energy development) on ecological patterns and processes in the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. During his career, he published numerous scientific papers and popular publications, including four books on topics ranging from turtles, to biological diversity, to the state of the Colorado River ecosystem in Grand Canyon. He serves on the editorial boards and directorates of various professional societies and he is a member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union), Species Survival Commission, Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. He received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award in 2008 to collaborate with researchers at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Morocco. He is an elected Fellow of The Linnean Society of London, the world's oldest active biological society. Current research focuses on the impacts of wind and solar energy development on federally protected populations of the desert tortoise and the ecology of poorly-known species of turtles in the United States and Morocco.
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