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Meet the ATP team
Born and raised in Yorkshire, England Tim McCormack grew up more familiar with wildlife of the dales than turtles, of which there are no native species in the United Kingdom. Passionate about conservation he completed a BSc in Zoology at the University of Leeds in the England before travelling out to Vietnam. While in Vietnam an interest in turtles developed through time volunteering at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park back in 2002. A Research Masters degree (MRes) in Conservation Biology followed from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England focused on radio telemetry the native Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii). One thing lead to another with the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) evolved through early research and awareness activities focused on Vietnam's most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle species.
|Nguyen Thu Thuy
Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator
Thuy has been working for the Asian Turtle Program since 2009 after she participated in ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training Course in March 2009. She graduated in Environmental Science at the Hanoi University of Science, writing her thesis about the conservation of the Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. Today she holds the position as Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator and her responsibilities include supporting staff and supervising activities in local projects as well as developing working plans for freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation projects in Vietnam.
|Pham Van Thong
ATP field officer – Rafetus swinhoei project
Since Thong graduated from Vietnam Forestry University he has been passionate about wildlife conservation. With a scholarship he was able to attend ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training course in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. With his newly attained knowledge and skills from the training course, Thong became a volunteer for ATP working on two projects: he conducted research in which he collected radio-tracking data for the Endangered Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhoti) project in Cuc Phuong National Park and was involved in the Dong Mo monitoring program to confirm the critically endangered Swinhoei's softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) occurred in Son Tay, Hanoi. Thong was soon promoted to an ATP field officer in 2009 with a main focus on the Rafetus swinhoei conservation project. His main responsibilities include carrying out interview surveys in North Vietnam to attain more information about Swinhoei's softshell turtles, supporting local staff in monitoring priority sites to protect one of four remaining Rafetus swinhoei and raising awareness in local communities and schools about the conservation of this rare turtle species. He also trains the next generation of turtle conservationists and young biologists from Vietnam's universities in order to create an extended network for chelonian conservation in Asia.
|Nguyen Tai Thang
Field assistant - Rafetus swinhoei project
Thang graduated from the Vietnam Forestry University in June 2010. Before graduating, he surveyed some nature reserves in Northern Vietnam for birds and wildlife for 2 years. After he attended ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training course Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam in April 2010 he started working as a volunteer for ATP focusing on the Swinhoei's softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) project and conducting a field survey in Pu Mat National Park. When he joined the ATP in August 2010 he was promoted to be a field assistant for the Rafetus swinhoei conservation project. His main responsibilities include conducting interview surveys to attain information about additional Rafetus swinhoei individuals in the North of Vietnam, supporting local staff in monitoring priority sites to protect one of four remaining Rafetus swinhoei and raising awareness in local communities and schools about the conservation of this rare turtle species. He also works on the Cuora project where he also conducts interview and field surveys in Northern Vietnam to attain more information about the range of the critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons).
|Bui Thi An
Office Manager Hanoi
Before joining the ATP family in January 2013 as an Office Manager, she worked for The Atlantic Philanthropies, an international non-government organization specializing in Education and Health from 2003. Graduated from University of Foreign Languages and International Studies in 2001, An worked as an English Teacher for nearly two years teaching English as a foreign language in schools and universities in Ha Noi. She obtained her MBA degree in 2010 from LaTrobe University (Australia). An always strives to contribute to the conservation mission of ATP to protect nature and animals for future generations to see.
|Nguyễn Thành Luân
Field officer MAP and Cuora project – Central Vietnam
Graduating from Hue university in May 2012, Luan has been passionate about Herpetology, especially turtles, for a long time. He attended ATP's annual Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training course in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam in March 2012 and has been working for ATP since September 2012 as a field officer based in Central Vietnam. His responsibilities include conducting interview and field surveys throughout Central and Southem Vietnam focusing on priority species such as the endemic and critically endangered Vietnamese Pond turtle (Mauremys annamemsis) and Bourret's box turtle (Cuora boureti).
Communications Officer/Captive management advisor TCC
After finishing her B.Sc. degree in Wildlife Management and writing her final thesis about activity and movement patterns of the Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Sarah has been working for the ATP since 2011. Starting as an international volunteer, she now works as a communications officer managing and designing ATP's website. She is based at the Turtle Conservation Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park where she supports the local staff with managing the rescue centre and trains ATP's turtle detection dogs.
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For more information please contact:
Asian Turtle Program (ATP) - Indo-Myanmar Conservation
Room 1806, C14 Bac Ha building, To Huu street, Nam Tu Liem district, Hanoi, Vietnam