Sea Turtle Research and Conservation

Sea Turtle Research and Conservation

Lessons From Working In The Field

1st Edition - November 27, 2020

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  • Editor: Brad Nahill
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128210307
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210291

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Sea Turtles: Field Research and Conservation is a comprehensive reference of experiences with sea turtle species from global experts. This book looks at the human side of protecting and studying these unique animals around the world, as well as the challenges involved, such as cultural differences and conducting research in remote locations.Led by a renowned expert in sea turtle conservation, this book addresses the largest issue facing sea turtle species currently; nearly all species of sea turtles are endangered due to poaching, fishing snares, climate change, and more. Chapters in this book range from the use of cutting-edge technology to learn more about this elusive reptile, to working with communities with long histories of sea turtle trade and consumption. It provides readers with firsthand accounts of sea turtle conservation efforts from conservationists based around the world and offers important suggestions and solutions for ensuring the future of these sea turtle species.Sea Turtles: Field Research and Conservation is the ideal resource for field biologist and marine conservationists, specifically those working in marine herpetology and with sea turtle species. Policymakers concerned with marine conservation, wildlife protection, and sustainable development, will also find this a useful reference for efforts and directions to enact change and save sea turtles from extinction.

Key Features

  • Offers examples of groundbreaking technology to conduct noninvasive sea turtle research
  • Written by global experts working in the field to study and protect sea turtle species
  • Includes human-to-human case studies and advice for collaborating with cultures and communities to save these endangered animals


Field biologists, conservationists, marine biologists, herpetologists

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Working With Local Communities
    1. Sustainable Use of Sea Turtles Benefiting The Local Community in Rekawa Sanctuary, Sri Lanka
    2. San Pancho Turtle Team

    Part 2. Sea Turtle Field Research
    3. Lessons From Three decades of Hawksbill Metal Tagging From Campeche, Mexico
    4. Sea Turtle Population Health Assessments
    5. Applications of Photo Identification in Sea Turtle Studies
    6. Drones for Turtles
    7. The Challenges of Maintaining A Hatchery in Rural Costa Rica

    Part 3. Plastic & Sea Turtles
    8. Green Phenix: Turning Waste Into Profit In Curacao
    9. Plastics vs. Turtles: An overview of the Uruguayan Case

    Part 4. Tourism and Sea Turtles
    10. Working with the Tourism Industry to Support Conservation
    11. The Evolution of the Spotters Program at Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica
    12. Working With Communities to Manage Nesting Beach

    Part 5. The Trade In Sea Turtle Products
    13. Illegal Take, Trade and Use of Sea Turtles in the South-West Indian Ocean
    14. Busting Bekko: The Nexus Between Local and International Advocacy to End Japan’s Import of Tortoiseshell
    15. Stopping illegal hawksbill trafficking in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
    16. SeaTurtle Bycatch: A Global Challenge That Requires Adaptive Solutions For The 21st Century

    Part 6. Climate Change & Sea Turtles
    17. Studying How Rapid Changes in Water Temperature Impact Sea Turtles
    18. Understanding the Impacts that Projected Increases Will Have On Sea Turtle Reproductive Output
    19. Natural History 2.0: The Power of Direct Experience in Understanding, Connecting with, and Conserving Nature in the Modern Age

    Part 7. Resources & Bibliography
    20. Fundraising For Sea Turtle Conversation

Product details

  • No. of pages: 244
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: November 27, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128210307
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128210291

About the Editor

Brad Nahill

Brad Nahill is the co-founder and president of SEE Turtles, a nonprofit conservation organization that generates financial and volunteer support for global sea turtle conservation projects. He has published numerous articles on sea turtle conservation and conservation tourism and is also the co-author of the Worldwide Guide to Sea Turtles (Texas A&M University Press). Brad Nahill serves as the Co-Chair for the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance Tourism Committee, is on the Board of Directors for Sea Turtles Forever, and formerly was the Awards Committee Chair for the International Sea Turtle Society. For his work to protect sea turtles, Brad has received the World Travel & Tourism Council Changemakers Award, the Skal Sustainable Tourism Award, and the President’s Award from the International Sea Turtle Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-founder and President, SEE Turtles

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