Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 2018, 17(1): 1 doi:10.2744/1071-8443-17.1.1 2018 Chelonian Research Foundation Editorial Introduction Chelonian Conservation and Biology: Celebrating 25 Years as the World’s Turtle and Tortoise Journal JEFFREY A. SEMINOFF Executive Editor, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, California 92037 USA [Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org] It is my pleasure to present to you Chelonian to Dr. Vogt for the honor of having a turtle species named Conservation and Biology, Volume 17, Issue 1. This is a after him!! very special issue for a variety of reasons. With Volume 1 Turtles and tortoises occur in most corners of our published in November 1993, we are celebrating the 25th world; they are a global resource for us all to cherish and year of our history bringing you stories about all things protect. We are at a challenging time for many species, turtle and tortoise! This issue also marks the inaugural with pet-trade collection and habitat destruction being two anniversary of our publishing partnership with Turtle of the most concerning challenges to date. As evidenced Conservancy (TC). It is directly through this partnership by this issue, Chelonian Conservation and Biology that we are able to keep costs low and maximize the continues to serve as a venue for authors from a variety diversity of authors who publish in CCB! In March of this of countries and through our pages, I hope that past, year I was invited by TC’s Executive Director Eric Goode present, and future articles in CCB will continue to inspire to visit their compound in Ojai, California, during a TC and educate any and all people interested in their research board meeting. It was my great pleasure to meet with Eric and conservation. In addition to the new species and the TC Board of Directors, one of whom is our description, the present issue has articles about olive Founding Editor Dr. Anders Rhodin. Coming away from ridley sea turtles in India and Mexico, yellow-spotted river that meeting I could not help but feel huge satisfaction in turtles in Ecuador, spotted turtles, spiny softshells, and knowing how natural the CCB–TC connection felt and Agassiz’s tortoise in the United States, and green sea how friendly everyone was. turtles and Kemp’s ridley turtles in Malaysia and Mexico, With Volume 17 now in your hands or on your respectively. It is the ﬁrst of our two issues for the year and computer screen, I am especially pleased to refer you to I’m delighted to be able to bring you such a diverse set of the ﬁrst article in this volume. It is an article by Dr. Marco articles. A. Lo ´ pez-Luna and colleagues entitled ‘‘A Distinctive To close, I would like to gratefully acknowledge all New Species of Mud Turtle from Western Mex ´ ico’’. the authors who submit their manuscripts to CCB and all During my 6 years as Executive Editor, this is the ﬁrst time the reviewers that continue to provide their important job that a description of a new species has been published in of peer-review to make CCB possible. It goes without CCB. The Vallarta mud turtle, Kinosternon vogti, is the saying that our CCB editorial team is amazing: Founding newest of the Kinosternids, and is aptly named after one of Editor Anders Rhodin; Editors Peter Lindeman and Jeffrey the most inﬂuential turtle biologists in the Americas, Dr. Lovich; Associate Editors Luca Luiselli, Josh Ennen, Richard Vogt. Dr. Vogt recently published his own book Vivian Paez, Sandra Hochscheid, Cristina Jones, and Peter with co-author John Legler entitled ‘‘The Turtles of Paul van Dijk; and Consulting Editors Peter C.H. Mexico’’, but this came out prior to the discovery of this Pritchard, Russ Mittermeier, and Eric Goode. And ﬁnally, new species. I suppose we’ll have to wait for the second a huge thanks to Peter Burns, Eleanor Lohmann, and the volume of ‘‘The Turtles of Mexico’’ to see the Vallarta rest of the Allen Press team for always being supportive mud turtle included in its pages!! At any rate, congratu- and patient as we push out each new issue of Chelonian lations to Dr. Lopez-Luna ´ for a marvelous discovery and Conservation and Biology.
Chelonian Conservation and Biology – Allen Press
Published: Jun 1, 2018
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