Turtle, tortoise expert Professor Fred Caporaso makes room for a special turtle

Professor Fred Caporaso with his latest.

Professor Fred Caporaso was awarded the inaugural “Charlie Green Turtle Conservation & Education Award.”

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
Charlie Green
, a longtime rehabilitation expert who saved countless wild and pet reptiles.

Although Caporaso’s research area is food science, tortoises – particularly those of the
Galapagos Islands
– are another interest Caporaso has pursued and shared with Chapman University students on annual January interterm trips to the islands.

Dawn Bonker