STC Programs: Research Projects

Sea Turtle Conservancy’s geographic focus is the Wider Caribbean and Atlantic because of the region’s unique importance to the world’s remaining sea turtle populations. The colonies of green turtles, loggerheads, hawksbills and leatherbacks that nest at Tortuguero in Costa Rica, Chiriqui Beach in Panama, and in Florida are among the largest remaining in the Western Hemisphere. In response, STC concentrates its efforts toward these critical nesting beaches. The highly migratory nature of sea turtles dictates that STC include the whole Caribbean basin within its geographic scope. Therefore, programs have been initiated in Bermuda and the eastern Caribbean because of the important roles these areas play in the life cycle of sea turtles.

Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Site of STC’s annual sea turtle nest monitoring studies for over 50 years.

Intensive monitoring of hawksbill and leatherback sea turtle nesting activity.

Bermuda Turtle Project
Working to fill the information gap on juvenile green turtle biology.

Florida’s loggerheads
Research and conservation project to study the migration patterns of loggerheads.

St. Kitts & Nevis
Research and conservation project to study the migration patterns of hawksbills.

Other Locations
Sites of STC’s work with other sea turtle research projects.

Presentations & Posters
Abstracts, based on STC’s work, presented at the Annual International Sea Turtle Symposium.

Scientific Publications
A short list of scientific journal publications from 1998 to present.