Ambassadors of the world’s oceans
Sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth but they are now threatened by ever-increasing pressures from a staggering array of sources as human populations grow, coastal habitats are developed, and marine habitats are degraded. Florida beaches host the largest population of nesting loggerheads in the world, and, of the seven species of sea turtles, five species nest on Florida beaches and are found in Florida waters. Thus, Florida citizens have both the privilege and the duty to be responsible stewards for these endangered species. The University of Florida, through the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, is leading efforts to reverse the decline of sea turtles in Florida by increasing public awareness, increasing survivorship, and restoring marine habitat and beach nesting areas.
Senior Director of Advancement
Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience