J Thompson

Joined: Jul 07, 2019 Last Active: Oct 19, 2021

Hello!

My name is Jack Thompson, and I study the world’s herptefauna, particularly chelonians. I’ve been a naturalist at heart since before I could walk. As early as I can remember I was in ponds and swamps, catching snakes, turtles, and whatever I could find. Reptiles have always been the prime interest of mine, with chelonians at the center of that. I’m currently in highschool, busy planning out where I want to go to college, to eventually become a Herpetologist and acquire my Doctorate. So far I’ve traveled the country in search of chelonians and pursuing any chance I can to get involved in conservation efforts.

Currently I’m part of several groups/projects:

-Member and Volunteer at the turtle conservancy, recently helped out with their major efforts in central Florida.

-Working with the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) in various Florida and Texas spring runs

-Volunteering for my local society for the Delaware inland bays, monitoring Northern Diamondback Terrapins

-Working with my local nature centers and businesses through my own business, where I use my animals as educational ambassadors for their species

-Working on a records-based project with Michael Skibsted to determine the localities of truly enormous Yellowfoot tortoises

-Documenting Chelonian diversity during my travels, along with any other notable organisms

For most of my free time, I’m dedicated to one of the above, typically out in nature snorkeling for turtles or hiking through nature in general. Whenever that can’t be done, I continue to build my knowledge through any and all works of Herpetological literature I can find.

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