New Publication Alert – Staghorn coral growth and survival in the Florida Keys!

On Wednesday 6 May, PLoS One released my long-awaited article "Survivorship and growth in staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) outplanting projects in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary" (https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/metrics?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0231817)! Staghorn corals are critical reef-builders throughout the Caribbean and Florida; however, their populations experienced a drastic decline in the 1970s and 1980s due to disease, coral bleaching,... Continue Reading →

55th Wildlife Photographer of the Year

After months of anticipation, I can finally share some exciting news: I have been selected as one of the top 100 entries to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year out of over 48,000 entries worldwide! My photograph, "Beach Waste", was awarded Highly Commended in Photojournalism and will go on display at the British Natural History... Continue Reading →

Thank you, ISTS 2019!

A huge "Thank you!" is in order for all of the fellow turtle nerds who made this year's International Sea Turtle Symposium so fantastic! To the symposium organizers, friends old and new, and all of the great presenters and attendees, this year's Symposium was awesome. Thank you for making the Charleston ISTS so memorable. A... Continue Reading →

A Global Survey of Microplastic Pollution

Over the last few weeks, the FSU Marine Turtle Research, Ecology, and Conservation Group (FSU MTRECG) has had the privilege of collaborating with the University of Exeter on a global survey of microplastic pollution of sea turtle nesting beaches. My labmates Hector Barrios-Garrido, Kelly Soluri, Emily Drobes, and I have collected a total of 120... Continue Reading →

FSU MTRECG Publication Update

It's been a busy summer for the Florida State University Marine Turtle Research, Ecology, and Conservation Group (FSU MTRECG). In addition to the fieldwork conducted by the lab, congratulations are in order for Anthony Gillis, Natalie Montero, and Natalie Wildermann for their first-author publications! Anthony's work, "Foraging ecology and diet selection of juvenile green turtles... Continue Reading →

First nest excavation of the 2018 season

Our Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) nest on the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge hatched on Monday 16 July. In order to collect important productivity information, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge interns excavated the nest this morning, Thursday 19 July. Nest excavations are used to determine the number of eggs laid, estimate the... Continue Reading →

We have hatchlings!

On Monday 16 July, the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge had its first hatching of the season! Our Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) nest, which was laid back in May, surprised us on morning nesting patrol with dozen of fresh hatchling tracks headed from the nest down to the Gulf of Mexico. This was the first... Continue Reading →

A dead sea turtle and a call to action

WARNING: Images in this post are graphic. Proceed at your own discretion. Any logos included in the photographs are not intended to be directed at, or in any way discriminatory against, the respective institutions, nor do they represent any form of endorsement of the photograph or its contents by the respective institutions. On Saturday, 14... Continue Reading →

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