There’s always room in Professor Fred Caporaso’s Hashinger Hall office for another turtle.
The latest to join his collection of turtle and tortoise trinkets and photos is a handsome little figure of an ornate desert box turtle. The hand-carved turtle is actually an award, the inaugural “Charlie Green Turtle Conservation & Education Award” given by the
Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group
At its recent conference in Mesa, Ariz., the TTPG presented Caporaso with the award, created to honor the memory of
, a longtime rehabilitation expert who saved countless wild and pet reptiles.
Although Caporaso’s research area is food science, tortoises – particularly those of the
– are another interest Caporaso has pursued and shared with Chapman University students on annual January interterm trips to the islands.