Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

Sea Turtles

Six sea turtles species – all protected by the Endangered Species Act – call U.S. waters home. With study sites in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys, and the Caribbean (namely, the U.S. Virgin Islands), much of WARC’s sea turtle research in the southeast focuses on four species: Greens, Hawksbills, Kemps Ridley’s, and Loggerheads.
Filter Total Items: 7
Date published: March 5, 2019
Status: Active

Quantitative Framework to Model Risk of Collisions between Marine Wildlife and Boats

Collisons between wildlife and vehicles threaten many species, and can lead to human loss of life, injuries, and loss of property. USGS is developing models to help evaluate the effectiveness of wildlife protection zones and optimize the design of these protected areas. 

Date published: August 6, 2018
Status: Active

Sea Turtle Movement and Habitat Use in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) uses trawling to capture and relocate live sea turtles away from dredging locations to minimize the risk of turtle entrainment. These incidental turtle captures provide a unique opportunity to fill critical data gaps for difficult to capture life-stages of marine turtles.

Date published: August 3, 2018
Status: Active

Distribution and Density of Sea Turtles in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM): Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS)

The over-arching goal of GoMMAPPS is to collect broad-scale survey data for seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles to determine distribution and abundance in the Gulf of Mexico.

Date published: May 7, 2018
Status: Active

Sea turtle nesting on Eglin Air Force Base property, Cape San Blas, Florida

The Northwestern Atlantic population of loggerhead sea turtles is one of the largest in the world. Genetic studies have divided this population into 5 management units including a genetically distinct group that nests throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico (GoM).

Date published: April 5, 2016

Benthic Habitat Characterization and Habitat Use of Endangered Sea Turtles in Marine Protected Areas of the Greater Everglades

USGS assesses how federally endangered sea turtles use the habitat in and around a no-take area in the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Date published: February 26, 2016
Status: Active

Sea Turtle Habitat Use at Buck Island Reef National Monument, U.S. Virgin Islands

USGS researchers tag and track endangered and threatened sea turtles to inform adaptive management strategies in marine protected areas.

Date published: February 26, 2016

Predicting Vulnerability of Southeastern Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches to Climate Change

Climate change may reduce the suitability of nesting and foraging habitat used by federally threatened and endangered species, like the Loggerhead sea turtle.