Every year, the International Sea Turtle Society convenes for the annual conference where science research, conservation, and all the inspiring and creative work combining these areas is shared among sea turtle biologists and enthusiasts from around the world. Last year, the 31st Annual International Sea Turtle Symposium (ISTS) was hosted in our home town of San Diego! This year, the ISTS is in our neighbor to the south, Mexico, in the beautiful town of Bahias de Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca.
At last year’s ISTS, I shared my research that was focused on the green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) that live in the San Diego Bay as well as a project designed to help sea turtle conservation groups be as efficient as possible (A Diagnostic Tool for Marine Turtle Conservation Success). This year at the conference, which officially kicks off tomorrow, Sunday, I’ll be sharing my research that I’ve begun for my doctoral research.
Over the next week, I’ll be sharing not only more of the research I’ll be doing, but I’ll also be sharing all of the incredible talks and events which I’ll be participating in as part of the 32nd Annual ISTS.
On Sunday and Monday I’ll be participating in a two-day workshop all about climate change and sea turtles that is being run by biologist Marianne Fish of the WWF. Then on Monday evening, the full ISTS begins. Tuesday-Friday will be filled with talks, discussions and workshops. On Wednesday I’ll be helping put on a workshop for local students that is being run by Frances Kinney of the Ocean Connectors program, and on Thursday we are hosting a similar workshop for local teachers. Saturday and Sunday will be opportunities to explore the region and its incredible wildlife.
Stay tuned for more!