Turtle Research Fact File

Some people who love sea turtles and wish to protect them from injury and disturbance may be hesitant to allow research to be conducted on turtles that may appear to effect the turtles physically or behaviorally. While such concerns are well-intentioned, these concerns can be misinformed and serve to impede the progress of research and conservation of sea turtles.

Without conducting standard types of research on sea turtles, we cannot answer important questions about their origins, their history, their population numbers, their relations to other populations, their health, their migration routes, threats to their existence, and their behavioral responses to changes in the environment. This kind of information is vitally important for managing sea turtle populations and protected areas, and for developing policies for the protection of sea turtles species around the world.

We've developed this Turtle Research Fact File to provide a resource center for people interested in learning more about sea turtle research, why it is important, and how different research methods impact sea turtle health and behavior.

Diet Studies
Comparing diets of marine turtles. Link to Study
Determining the diet and distribution of turtles in different habitat types Link to Study
Genetic Studies  
Linking marine turtles in the Dominican Republic to other rookeries around the Caribbean Link to Study
Growth Studies  
The effect of tissue sampling on sea turtle growth rates Link to Study
Habitat Studies  
Using satellite tracking to determine habitat useage of marine turtles Link to Study
Capture and recaptures of juvenile hawksbills in an ecological study Link to Study
Monitoring Sudies  
Monitoring and Research at Buck Island Reef NM, St Croix, US Virgin Islands Link to Study
Nesting Studies  
Sand temperatures for nesting turtles in the Caribbean Link to Study
Nest temperature and sex ratio implications in the Caribbean region Link to Study
In-Water Studies  
In-water studies of sea turtles in Florida, USA Link to Study
In-water survey and rehabilitation internship in Costa Rica Link to study
In-water survey and tissue sample collection in South Carolina, USA Link to Study
In-Water sea turtle population study and satellite tagging in North Carolina, USA Link to Study
In-water sea turtle population study in Bermuda Link to Study
In-water sea turtle population census in Belize Link to Study
In-water surveys, flipper taggings and tissue sample at Gallow's Point, Belize Link to Study
In-water study of Juvenile Hawksbills in Roatan, Honduras Link to article
Flipper Tagging  
Flipper tagging for population estimates in Palm Beach, Florida, USA Link to Study
Tracking Studies  
Long-term tracking studies, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Link to Study
Long-term tracking studies of Hawksbill Turtle, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA Link to Study
Benchmarking Research Studies  
Methods used by sea turtle researchers Link to Study
Links to in-water sea turtle research methods Link to Study
Research Support Letters  
The Florida Hawksbill Project Link to Letter
E-Force Scuba Project Link to Letter
Sea Turtle Habitat Conservation and Population Studies Link to e-Newsletter
International Student Volunteers  
International student volunteer in sea turtle research Link to blog
Sea Turtle Recognition  
Computerized recognition of Hawksbills Link to article




















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