Richard C. Vogt, Ph.D.
Dick is an accomplished Herpetologist and Turtle Conservationist, who has been working with turtles for over 30 years. He earned his PhD. from the University of Wisconsin in 1978, studying the systematics and ecology of the False Map Turtle (Graptemys pseudogeographica) in the Mississippi River Basin, and followed that with a Postdoc in Section of Amphibians and Reptiles Carnegie Museum of Natural History 1978-1980, where he remains a research associate. Since 2000, Dick has served as a research professor and as the curator of reptiles and amphibians at the zoology collection at the Brazilian Institute for Amazon Research (INPA) in the midst of the Amazon Rainforest in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil. He also serves as Director of the Center for Amazon Turtle Conservation.
Dick teaches annual field courses on techniques for studying freshwater turtles and advises numerous graduate students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees. His time is spent in the field conducting ecological studies on freshwater turtles and studies of the biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles in rainforest habitats. In addition, Dick has published over 100 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters as well as 12 books. Like many other members of the Turtle Conservancy, Dick's fascination with turtles began at a young age. He started collecting and studying turtles at the age of six in the marshes near his home in Madison, Wisconsin.