What do you enjoy most/what do you find most interesting about your research topic?
The majority of the scientific literature on sea turtles focuses on nesting populations. Our research gives us a unique insight into how these sea turtles behave in the water, which is where they spend most of their lives. We’ve found that green turtles located in the Bahamas occupy much smaller areas in comparison to green turtles around the world.
How does citizen science support your research?
Citizen science is essential to our research. Earthwatch volunteers assist with our research, which allows us to conduct a large amount of field work in a short amount of time. With additional hands, we can span our research across seven study sites. Additionally, educating the public about sea turtle conservation is a key aspect of our work here in the Bahamas.
What is one of your favorite moments in the field?
My favorite moment is normally at the beginning of each Earthwatch trip, when the volunteers get to hold a sea turtle for the first time. The excitement and awe on everyone’s faces is a great reminder that we get to work with a charismatic and unique animal.