What can you do to help the world’s oceans?

Every year on 8 June, we take a moment to celebrate the ecosystems which cover 71% of our planet’s surface – the oceans. In 2008, the United Nations designated this day as World Oceans Day to raise awareness about issues facing this critical system and what it’s conservation means for our continued prosperity. Among others,Continue reading “What can you do to help the world’s oceans?”

Funding Alert! New project investigating sea turtle wave exposure and inundation

A BIG thank you goes out to the Sea Turtle Conservancy (https://www.conserveturtles.org/) for funding one of our latest projects: Investigating loggerhead sea turtle embryonic tolerance to wave exposure and groundwater inundation through Florida State University! Every year, the Sea Turtle Conservancy oversees hundreds of thousands of dollars raised from the sale of the Sea TurtleContinue reading “Funding Alert! New project investigating sea turtle wave exposure and inundation”

New Paper: Conservation Interventions to Reduce Vessel Strikes on Sea Turtles

HOT OFF THE PRESS! The lab’s latest paper “Conservation interventions to reduce vessel strikes on sea turtles: A case study in Florida” is now available in the journal ‘Marine Policy’! It’s free to download for the next 50 days (until 28 April) at https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1ciU%7E,714MjKTy. Vessel strikes are a significant threat to sea turtles as impactsContinue reading “New Paper: Conservation Interventions to Reduce Vessel Strikes on Sea Turtles”

Historic cold stun event in Texas

I’m sure many of you have been seeing the news and social media posts about the ongoing events down in Texas related to the winter storm. In addition to millions of citizens without power, heat, or water, the weather has affected the state’s marine life as well. Endangered sea turtles have been collected by theContinue reading “Historic cold stun event in Texas”

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 120Continue reading “A Global Survey of Microplastic Pollution”

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 turtlesContinue reading “FSU MTRECG Publication Update”

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 theContinue reading “First nest excavation of the 2018 season”

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 firstContinue reading “We have hatchlings!”