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Dr. James Spotila Receives International Sea Turtle Society Lifetime Achievement Award

April 17, 2012

Dr. James Spotila, Betz Chair Professor of Environmental Science and director of Drexel’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, was awarded the International Sea Turtle Society’s (ISTS) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual International Sea Turtle Symposium in Huatulco, Mexico.

The ISTS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose careers have had a tremendous impact on sea turtle biology and conservation. The award embodies the ISTS mission to advance the knowledge and appreciation of sea turtle biology and conservation around the globe.

The highly regarded honor was presented to Spotila who served as the Society’s founding president back in 2001. He is currently the president of the Leatherback Trust and serves on the editorial boards of Endangered Species Research and Chelonian Conservation and Biology. He has published over 150 scientific articles during his career, and his book, Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation, was Johns Hopkins Press’ 68th highest-selling book in the publisher’s 130-year history.

Spotila earned his B.S. in biology at the University of Dayton, and his Ph.D. in vertebrate zoology and physiological ecology at the University of Arkansas. His current research focuses on the biology of sea turtles, crocodiles, salamanders and giant pandas.