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Pre-assessment Plan to Determine Potential Exposure and Injuries of Nesting and Hatching Loggerhead Sea Turtles


July 2010 - July 2011


The purpose is to determine and quantify exposure and injuries to the nesting adult loggerhead sea turtles that reside in and nest along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico resulting from exposure to MS Canyon 252 oil (hereafter referred to as oil). This study is being conducted in partnership with a separate yet identical project to quantify exposure and injury to adult Kemp’s ridley turtles that nest primarily along the Texas coast. Combined, these two studies will assess nesting turtle impacts along the entire Gulf coast of the United States.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



  • Raymond CarthyPrincipal Investigator
  • Margaret LamontCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey