Taggert Butterfield

Taggert received his B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Central Washington University. For his masters project, Taggert lived in Chamela, Jalisco, Mexico for one year studying the ecology of the Mexican Spotted Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys rubida perixantha). After finishing his masters, Taggert moved to Mexico to continue studying Mexican turtles. He is now a PhD candidate at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and advised by Dr. Rodrigo Macip-Ríos. Entering the PhD, he was interested in studying turtle communities, which brought him to different corners of Mexico to study a wide variety of species. This work inspired Taggert to start The Mexican Turtle Project, so that data could be collected on turtle populations when he couldn't be in the field, and to help communities that are living in extreme poverty.

Alejandra Monsiváis

Alejandra received her B.S. and M.B.S. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her professional interests are diverse. Her first research experience focused in water quality and environmental pollutants. She has also worked as a science communicator for important institutions in México. More recently, she studied the strategies of trees from the tropical dry forest to cope with drought. Ale’s passion for the outdoors and wildlife has led her to volunteer as field assistant for many ecological projects. She is currently working as a teacher at the Escuela Nacional de Estudios Superiores in Michoacán, México, and runs a bird watching club.

Local leader

Felix García

Felix grew up working in the forest doing miscellaneous field jobs associated with agriculture, wood extraction, and hunting. Through these experiences, Felix became an expert in the local lands, flora, and fauna. When the Monte Mojino reserve was established Felix became a park guard for the reserve where he worked for 8 years. As a park guard, Felix collaborated with national and international universities on different projects. Today, he is the leader of The Mexican Turtle Project and spends 3-5 days a week radio-tracking and trapping turtles.



Iván Sauceda

Middle-school student


Darey Caballero

Middle-school student


Esteban Esquer

Middle-school student


Alfredo García

High-school student