World Turtle News, 12/12/2018
Researchers outline Buck Island Turtle research
The Buck Island National Monument off the waters of St. Croix has been the site for research for 30-plus years for biologists, educators and interns, and on Thursday three of the current researchers shared some of that history with an audience in Christiansted.
Clayton Pollock is a biologist with the National Park Service, who earned his degree in environmental science at the University of the Virgin Islands in 2011 while also working as a biological science technician at the park. During graduate school, Pollock wrote his thesis on “Relative Abundance and Distribution of Sea Turtles at Buck Island National Monument, St. Croix” and gained valuable experience within the park. He resides on St. Croix.
Natalie Monnier and Jessica Stuczynski have joined Pollock in one of the longest-term research, monitoring and conservation programs for sea turtle conservation.
At the Guinea Company Warehouse in downtown Christiansted Thursday, the team gave the St. Croix community an overview of the Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program, with some of their preliminary results and the trends that have emerged from this year’s nesting season.
The program was initiated in 1988 in order to monitor the sea turtle population and to study the nesting ecology of the population. The National Park Service Division of Resource Management handles the program.
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