Anders G. J. Rhodin, M.D.
Anders is an orthopedic surgeon as well as a turtle researcher and conservationist. Born in Sweden, he immigrated to the USA in 1958. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.D. from the University of Michigan, orthopedic surgical residency training at Yale University, and has been in private practice in central Massachusetts since 1982. In addition to his medical practice, he has been working with turtles since 1971, first at Dartmouth and then for several years as an Associate in Herpetology at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Anders is the founding Director of Chelonian Research Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit organization established in 1992 for the production, publication, and support of worldwide turtle and tortoise research. He is the founding editor and publisher of Chelonian Conservation and Biology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted exclusively to turtles and tortoises. He is Chairman Emeritus of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, a position for which he received the Sir Peter Scott Award for Conservation Merit from the IUCN Species Survival Commission.
In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Turtle Conservancy, he also sits on the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International and the Board of the Turtle Survival Alliance, and is also founding Co-Chair of the Turtle Conservation Fund. The late John Behler was both a close friend and conservation mentor. After John’s passing in 2006, Anders replaced him on the Board of the incipient Behler Chelonian Conservation Center, and has continued his enthusiastic involvement with the Turtle Conservancy since then. When not putting on casts and fixing broken bones or doing joint replacements on people, he’s busy raising funds, supporting research, and promoting legislation to help turtles survive in our increasingly threatened world.