Educational Resource Developer
Kevin is an Educational Resource Developer for theTurtleRoom. His work includes writing articles, writing code for applications being developed, and helping develop other educational resources. Kevin has a special passion for the turtles native to Africa and is also the Communications & Fundraising Officer for the African Chelonian Institute. Kevin holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Universit de Bourgogne and is currently in the first year of his PhD studies at the University of Arkansas, also in Computer Sciences. He has combined his passion for turtles with his studies by developing a software called Digital Chelonian Log, available for free (it is still a work in progress). Even when he isn’t working for ACI, tTR, or on his PhD, Kevin is still reading articles or books about turtles.
Kevin’s interest in turtles began at age 8, when he got his first turtle by chance, a Red-Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans). At this point, he was becoming very curious about turtles and acquired his second turtle, a Yellow-Bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) a few months later. However, when his family moved from France to Martinique, he had to give away both turtles.
In just a couple years, another friend gave Kevin two more Trachemys s. elegans and his interest continued to grow. Thanks to Kevin moving back to France, he had to acquire new turtles after the move. At this point, the Trachemys species were banned in France as an invasive species, and he discovered the Pelusios species (African Mud Turtles). He bought three Pelusios castaneus hatchlings and began a desire to learn as much as possible on the husbandry, education, and conservation of African species.
Kevin is a member of the Turtle Survival Alliance and Federation Francophone pour l’Elevage et la Protection des Tortues (FFEPT) and is very active in the chelonian community, particularly in forums and social media such as: numerous facebook groups, Forum Tortues, Terrapin-Info.co.uk, TurtleForum.com, and TurtleTimes.com (theTurtleRoom) where he can be found under the username skwateur. You can contact him at [email protected] or on Facebook.