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Evaluation of the impact of artificial lighting on sea turtle hatchling orientation.


January 2015 - December 2018


Light pollution that associates with human development disorients sea turtle hatchlings. Although the light management to reduce artificial lighting is underway, the quantified spatial data on hatchling orientation accuracies and measurements to show the progress of the management efforts are limited. The present project provides information on the threats of artificial lighting that can be directly reduced in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The partners of the study include the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and multiple counties in the state of Florida. The project produces the models that predict hatchling orientation accuracies using light intensity data that can be easily collected by the stakeholders.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 99

Masters Students: 225

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 247

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 658

Scientific Publications: 1872

Presentations: 4186



Funding Agencies

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey