Albert Martínez Silvestre
Albert is a herpetological veterinarian from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, who has a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He also has a Diplome in Herpetology from the European College of Zoo Medicine, and is accredited as a Specialist in Exotic Animals by AVEPA (the Spanish Veterinary Association of Small Animal Practice). His work has focused on conservation and pathology of reptiles, notably tortoises. He co-founded the Catalonian Reptile and Amphibian Research Center (CRARC) in 1997. He is currently collaborating on several projects on tortoises, including the Mediterranean Tortoise Conservation Program in Catalonia, an invasive tortoise control program in Spain, and the Tortoise Rewilding Project on Rodrigues (Mauritius). He has written or co-authored more than 200 papers and 12 books on pathology, biology, and conservation of tortoises and reptiles. He is an enthusiastic traveller, herpetologist, and ornithologist, and occasionally finds enough time to dedicate to one of his other passions: the paleontology and paleopathology of reptiles.