John Iverson, Ph.D.

John received his PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida and has taught Biology at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana since 1978. Because of his interests in the natural history, zoogeography, systematics, and conservation of iguanas and turtles, he is currently on the steering committees (and founding member) of the IUCN/SSC Iguana Specialist Group, and the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.  He has been involved with the Turtle Survival Alliance since its inception in 2001, and currently serves on the Board of the TSA and the Turtle Conservation Fund. He has been active in several herpetology societies, serving as editor and president of the Herpetologists League. He has maintained long-term field research sites since 1980 for rock iguanas in the Exumas in the Bahamas, and for turtles at the Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge in western Nebraska. His hobby is restoring a 76 acre woodlot/cornfield (now in a Conservation Easement) to a mature hardwood forest, and on which he has constructed 20 ephemeral wetlands for turtles and amphibians.