Alan Rees

Country: UK

Occupation: Full time Customer Services for a Local Authority and freelance turtle worker and PhD student!

Specialty: Nesting surveys

Best part about my job: (Getting home to start my turtle work!) …visiting exotic places and helping those who want to be helped with sea turtle conservation and research.

Biggest challenges I face: Finding the time and energy to keep a regular job and undertake my PhD work.

The most unusual or exciting thing that’s happened to me while working in the field: Being alone, at night, on a deserted beach in Syria, coming face to face with the first green turtle nesting to be recorded in that country, which was quickly followed by an encounter with a few armed coast guards!

Why I like being a member of the MTSG: I like the opportunity it provides to share with other members and have input on matters concerning the conservation of sea turtles.

Turtle researcher / conservationist I most admire: There has to be two: Dimitris Margaritoulis for his enduring work in Greece with ARCHELON and now for the Mediterranean region (and for giving me my start with sea turtle conservation) and Nicholas Mrosovsky for being the voice that makes us re-assess and justify the work we undertake.

When I’m not working on turtles I like to: …be in the sea, snorkeling or SCUBA diving and, more commonly, have a few beers with my friends in the pub.

Ten years from now, I hope I will be doing: less of the Customer Services and more encouraging new turtle researchers and conservationists.

Relevant links to find out more about me and my work: I keep a simple site on sea turtle news from Syria, which I am always just on the verge of upgrading and improving but never seem to have the time! Sea Turtles In Syria