Christine Light

Since January 2013, Christine has served as the Collection Manager at the Turtle Conservancy’s Behler Chelonian Center. Her main responsibilities include managing incubation of the eggs, care of the hatchlings of the Center’s Endangered and Critically Endangered turtles and tortoises, and maintaining detailed records on each animal in the BCC’s collection. In addition, Christine manages the Center’s volunteers and interns and serves as the Conservancy’s public voice during public education and outreach events.

Christine grew up in New York City before moving to California to pursue a career as a marine biologist. She subsequently moved to Atlanta to work as a biologist, and most recently worked as the Assistant Curator of the Denver Aquarium. While leading the ultimately successful efforts to rehabilitate a critically injured male Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) at the Denver Aquarium Christine fell in love with turtles and decided that she wanted to devote the rest of her career to working with turtles and tortoises.

At the BCC, Christine’s favorite animals are the Burmese Black Mountain Tortoises (Manouria emys phayrei) as they seem to be the most curious. In her spare time Christine enjoys reading, going to the beach and scuba diving. She also enjoys spending time with Kenny, her bearded dragon, Thomas, her Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata), and Bisquick, her Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri).