Ryan M. Bolton
A Truncated (and definitely self-indulgent) Biography
I know what you’re thinking, and yes, the ‘M’ stands for Michael.
I am a conservation biologist in Ontario, Canada. My focus is on freshwater turtle ecology; however, my interests and work extend to all facets of herpetology. I received a Bachelor of Science Honours (BScH) Degree from Queen’s University in 2004 and a Master of Science (MSc) Degree from the University of Guelph in 2007.
My research interests are broad, but my work focuses on population dynamics and conservation strategies for the early stage life history of freshwater turtles. My MSc work focused on the effects of anthropogenic disturbance, nest-site selection, and nest infestation on Spiny Softshells (Apalone spinifera). My PhD work is focused entirely on nest-site selection in the following four freshwater turtle species: Spiny Softshell; Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii); Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica); and Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina). All four of these species are at risk in Canada.
I am a member of two OMNR recovery teams: Multi-species Turtles at Risk, and Eastern Hog-nosed Snake and Foxsnake. Additionally, I am an invited member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.
More recently, I co-hosted the pilot Alien Invaders! for the Outdoor Life Network. Oh, and I am also a self-proclaimed fossil hound (please enjoy my Fossil Galleries).
As an artist and professional photographer, I make my work available through The Art of Conservation. This is how I am able to satisfy both my creative desires and conservation-related goals!
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Lake Erie Watersnake Census
Turtling in Costa Rica
Turtling in Ontario