Philip Bowles trained as a tropical ecologist and taxonomist and has biodiversity survey and research experience working on amphibians, reptiles and several insect groups in Australia, South-east Asia, Madagascar and South America. His work and research interests are focused on documenting and understanding how species and communities – particularly amphibians and reptiles – respond to anthropogenic disturbance. Since 2010 he has been employed by IUCN as a Programme Officer, leading extinction risk assessments for reptiles and amphibians across the world. Since 2011 he has managed the Global Reptile Assessment, an ongoing effort to produce Red List assessments for every species of reptile on the planet. He has been the Coordinator of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Snake and Lizard Red List Authority since it was founded in 2011.