George L. Heinrich is a field biologist and environmental educator specializing in Florida reptiles.
A graduate of Memphis State University, his research interests focus on anthropogenic threats to Florida’s non-marine turtles. His company, Heinrich Ecological Services, is based in St. Petersburg, Florida and conducts wildlife surveys and research, natural history programming, and nature-based tours.
George is an invited member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, served twice as co-chair of the Gopher Tortoise Council, and is the founding president of the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust.
He has worked for a number of years on the conservation of gopher tortoises and has studied the ecology and conservation needs of diamondback terrapins as part of a University of North Florida research team since 1995.
George has received a number of awards from state and regional NGOs for his conservation work, the most recent being the Golden LEEF Award for Outstanding Contribution to Florida Environmental Education from the League of Environmental Educators in Florida.
Timothy J. Walsh became actively involved in herpetology at the age of ten and has maintained an obsession ever since.
At age twelve, he was mentored by Dr. Jim Layne of Archbold Biological Station and was co-author of his first scientific publication at age 14. Tim went on to receive a degree in Zoo Animal Technology and has worked in the zoo, aquarium and museum field since 1992. He held the position of Senior Herpetologist with the Tennessee Aquarium and as Collection Manager with the Chelonian Research Institute and has been involved in a variety of research projects with such species as Carolina diamondback terrapins, spotted turtles and Suwannee cooters.
Tim has a Masters Degree in Museum Studies with research interests in conservation education, history of natural history, and reconnecting children and adults alike with nature. He is a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, an avid outdoorsman, accomplished photographer, and book collector.