Brian Horne

Blogger Profile: Brian Horne

Dr. Brian D. Horne is a Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow studying the conservation biology of the red-crowned roofed turtle in India. Brian has been very active in turtle conservation projects around the world for the past 20 years. He has conducted research on six of the seven continents (as there are no turtles in Antarctica, he feels no real loss for having not been there). Brian is on the steering committee for the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group as well as the scientific advisory committee of the Turtle Survival Alliance. He has a master’s degree in Zoology from Southeastern Louisiana University for his research on the ecology of the yellow-blotched map turtle, the most endangered turtle in the United States. Brian earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in evolutionary biology from Ohio University for his research on the unique reproductive biology and embryology of Neotropical turtles.
Traveling the World for Turtles

Traveling the World for Turtles

I am on another airplane, I believe somewhere over Venezuela. The plane seems full of excited Brazilians all eagerly awaiting our landing in Miami. The aisles are crowded with chattering[…..]

The Shirt Off My Back

The Shirt Off My Back

Each year, a dedicated group of about 200 people from around the globe meets at the annual Turtle Survival Alliance* (TSA) conference. The three-day conference has become THE annual meeting[…..]

Studying Tortoises in Madagascar

Studying Tortoises in Madagascar

Shortly after arriving in the small town of Beloha, word of our arrival spread quickly. Not many vazas, a Malagasy term for light-skinned foreigners, come to this area of Madagascar,[…..]

Turtle Conservation in India: Making Progress

Turtle Conservation in India: Making Progress

A colleague of mine recently told me that my turtle conservation projects in Asia, specifically India, have little chance of long-term success and that they were foolishly impractical. That is,[…..]

India: Turtle School

India: Turtle School

I’m waiting for a ride to the Guwahati Airport in Assam, India, for my flight back to Delhi. In front of me is the mighty Brahmaputra River. One of the[…..]