Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter, 2000, 4:17
© 2000 by Chelonian Research Foundation

Turtle and Tortoise Newsletter

Chelonian Research Foundation (CRF), established in 1992 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt private operating foundation, administers a turtle research endowment fund named The Linnaeus Fund, for which it invites the submission of chelonian research proposals for its Annual Turtle Research Awards. Named after Carolus Linnaeus [1707–1778], the Swedish creator of binomial nomenclature, the fund honors the first turtle taxonomist and father of all modern systematics.

For its 9th Annual Linnaeus Fund Awards selection on 31 December 2000, CRF awarded a total of $10,000 divided among 7 research projects. Awards granted were as follows:

FORDHAM, DAMIEN. The impact Aboriginal harvest has on populations of the northern long-necked turtle (Chelodina rugosa).

LAHANAS, PETER N.; AND ORDOÑEZ, CRISTINA. Sources of marine turtle mortality in the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama.

LUBCKE, GLEN M.; AND WILSON, DAWN S. A comparison of movements, habitat use, and mortality rates in the western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata marmorata) at two different study sites within Butte Co., California.

LUISELLI, LUCA. Conservation ecology of the threatened forest tortoises (genus Kinixys) in the Niger Delta, Nigeria: Phase 2. Population characteristics in areas under "traditional" conservation by religious beliefs.

PARHAM, JAMES FORD; SHI HAITAO; AND PAPENFUSS, THEODORE J. A study of turtle breeding facilities in Hainan Province and their implications for the conservation and systematics of Chinese turtles.

SCHWARTZ, TONIA S.; AND KARL, STEPHEN A. Population genetics of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) in Florida.

SPINKS, PHILLIP Q.; AND SHAFFER, H. BRADLEY. Molecular phylogeography of the western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata) revisited.

Linnaeus Fund awards are granted annually to individuals for specific turtle research projects, with either partial or full support as funding allows. Priority is generally given to projects concerning freshwater turtles, but tortoise and marine turtle research proposals are also funded. Priority is given to the following general research areas: taxonomy and systematic relationships, conservation, distribution and zoogeography, ecology, natural history, and morphology, but other topics are also considered. Priority is given to projects that demonstrate potential relevance to the scientific basis and understanding of chelonian diversity and conservation biology. Award recipients agree to publish at least partial or summarized results of the supported research in a CRF-sponsored publication, such as Chelonian Conservation and Biology.

Awards at this time are typically in the $1000–$2000 range for each project, with about ten or more projects funded annually. There will be increased grant support from year to year as the endowment fund grows; it has a current value of over $150,000. The annual application deadline is November 15, with funding selection on December 31. Submit applications in formal grant proposal format in triplicate as follows: title page, project objective, background and research rationale, materials and methods, total project expenses, funding requested from CRF, funding available or requested from other organizations, general timetable, literature cited, and curriculum vitae for all key personnel. Full submission instructions and a listing of former grants awarded are provided on the CRF website at .

Awards are granted through an internal review process carried out by the Director and Scientific Advisory Board of CRF which includes Anders G.J. Rhodin, Russell A. Mittermeier, Peter C.H. Pritchard, John L. Behler, Terry E. Graham, Kurt A. Buhlmann, and Jeanette Wyneken. Submit applications to the author.