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Dr. Raymond Carthy

Dr. Raymond R. Carthy


  • Ph D University of Florida 1996
  • MS Slippery Rock University 1983
  • BS Manhattan College 1980


Dr. Carthy's research centers on ecology of endangered species. His research interests involve reproductive ecology and physiology of coastal and wetland herpetofauna, with current focus on marine and freshwater turtles. He is also involved in research on threatened upland species, conservation management oriented studies, and on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for natural resource conservation applications .

Research Interests

Dr. Carthy's research centers on ecology of endangered species. His research interests involve reproductive ecology and physiology of coastal and wetland herpetofauna, with current focus on marine and freshwater turtles. He is also involved in research on threatened upland species and in conservation management oriented studies. Dr. Carthy is the Program Director of the University of Florida Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Program a multi-disciplinary endeavor studying the use of UAS for wildlife and habitat surveys.

Teaching Interests

In addition to teaching herpetology classes centered on ecology and conservation of marine chelonids, Dr. Carthy has taught courses on bioethics and critical thinking. he is currently developing a graduate level course on coastal ecology.

Professional Society Service

  • Other - Board of Directors Member (May 2012 - May 2017)
  • Other - President 2013 (February 2012 - May 2013)
  • Other - Coordinator and Chair for paper sessions at 2005-2007 Anual Meetings ( 2005 - 2007)
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Research Publications

  • Rees, A. F., L. Avens, K. Ballorain, E. Bevan, A. C. Broderick, R. R. Carthy, M. J. Marjolijn, J. A. Christianen, G. Cuclos, M. R. Heithaus, D. W. Johnston, J . C. Mangel, F. Paladino, K. Pendoley, R. D. Reina, N. J. Robinson, R. Ryan, S. T. Sykora-Bodie, D. Tilley, M. R. Varela, E. R. Whitman, P. A. Whittock, T. Wibbels, and B. J. Godley. 2018.The potential of unmanned aerial systems for sea turtle research and conservation: a review and future directions. Endangered Species Research.
  • Bjorndal, K.A., Bolten, A.B., Chaloupka, M., Saba, V.S., Bellini, C., Marcovaldi, M.A.G., Santos, A.J.B., Bortolon, L.F.W., Meylan, A.B., Meylan, P.A., Gray, J., Hardy, R., Brost, B., Bresette, M., Gorham, J.C., Connett, S., Crouchley, B.V.S., Dawson, M., Hayes, D., Diez, C.E., van Dam, R.P., Willis, S., Nava, M., Hart, K.M., Cherkiss, M.S., Crowder, A.G., Pollock, C., Hillis-Starr, Z., Muñoz Tenería, F.A., Herrera-Pavón, R., Labrada-Martagón, V., Lorences, A., Negrete-Philippe, A., Lamont, M.M., Foley, A.M., Bailey, R., Carthy, R.R., Scarpino, R., McMichael, E., Provancha, J.A., Brooks, A., Jardim, A., López-Mendilaharsu, M., González-Paredes, D., Estrades, A., Fallabrino, A., Martínez-Souza, G., Vélez-Rubio, G.M., Boulon Jr., R.H., Collazo, J.A., Wershoven, R., Guzmán Hernández, V., Stringell, T.B., Sanghera, A., Richardson, P.B., Broderick, A.C., Phillips, Q., Calosso, M., Claydon, J.A.B., Metz, T.L., Gordon, A.L., Landry Jr., A.M., Shaver, D.J., Blumenthal, J., Collyer, L., Godley, B.J., McGowan, A., Witt, M.J., Campbell, C.L., Lagueux, C.J., Bethel, T.L., and Kenyon, L., 2017, Ecological regime shift drives declining growth rates of sea turtles throughout the West Atlantic. 2017. Global Change Biology, 23(11):4556-4568, Abstract |  Publisher Website | 
  • Phillips, A.C.N., J. Coutou, S. Rajh, N. Stewart, A. Watson, A. Jehu, H.Asmath, F. Dziva, C. Unakal R.B. Holder, and R.R. Carthy. 2017. Temporospatial dynamic and public health significance of bacterial flora identified on a major leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting beach in the Southern Caribbean. Marine Ecology. 15pp IP- 068594.

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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Seminar (2018)
  • Independent Study in Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation (2014)
  • Special Topics in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2009)
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Florida Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Raymond CarthyMentor, Ecological society of America SEEDS Scholar (April 2013 - December 2014)
  • Raymond CarthyFlorida Wildlife Federation Board of Directors ( 2013 - 2014)
  • Raymond CarthyState of Florida Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Committee ( 2005 - 2006)
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Florida University Committees and Workgroups

  • Raymond CarthyClimate Change Ecology Search Committee, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida (September 2009 - September 2010)

Technical Publications

  • Rees, A. F. and R. R. Carthy. 2018. The Second Annual Workshop on the Use of UAVs in Sea Turtle Research and Conservation at the 38th International Sea Turtle Symposium: 19 Feb 2018. Marine Turtle Newsletter.Abstract |
  • Langan, E.M., R.R. Carthy, S.Z. Nomani, S. Johnson, and M.K. Oli. 2006. Guidelines and standard techniques for estimating gopher tortoise abundance.
  • Nomani, S.Z., R.R. Carthy and M.K. Oli. 2006. Analysis of Abundance Estimation Methods for Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 23

Presentations: 43

Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute