Phil Allman was born and raised in a rural part of central North Carolina. He worked
on a tomato farm while growing up, but his family routinely vacationed in the mountains
or along the coastline. He became fascinated with the ocean by spending much time
walking the beach and exploring the tidepools. He knew while still very young that
he wanted to be a marine biologist and he has dedicated his life to pursuing that
career. He found his direction as an undergraduate student when he started volunteering
for the North Carolina Aquarium and was then hired to work on a sea turtle tagging
program on Bald Head Island.
He came to Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 after spending 10 months living in Ghana (West Africa) as a US Fulbright Scholar recipient. He initiated the first sea turtle research and tagging program in the country, one of the first in the entire region. He tries to incorporate a global perspective to his teaching and research by providing students an opportunity to conduct research abroad. He has offered study abroad courses to Ghana, South Africa, and Costa Rica. He enjoys wildlife photography and uses his photographs to highlight the diversity of wildlife on his Instagram account.
- IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group
- IUCN Freshwater Turtle & Tortoise Specialist Group
- International Sea Turtle Society
- Society for Conservation Biology
- Herpetological Society of Africa