Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SIO MAS Student presenting on SoCal Sea Turtles

Today, Wednesday June 1st, Sabrina Mashburn will present on the "Southern California's Sea Turtles: Public Perceptions & Conservation". The work being presented is Mashburn's Capstone project, part of her MAS in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Two wonderful outputs from Mashburn's project include an easy-to-remember website, SoCalSeaTurtles.org where anyone can report a Southern California sea turtle sighting - contributing as citizen-scientists to important on-going sea turtle distribution studies; and 2) a beautiful brochure providing the basic facts for anyone - but especially boaters and fishers - who are interested in learning more about Souther California's sea turtles - including green sea turtles, loggerhead sea turtles, leatherback sea turtles, olive ridley sea turtles, and hawksbill sea turtles.

About Mashburn's presentation:

"SoCal Sea Turtles aims to investigate people's perceptions of local sea turtles and their conservation. Through surveys, key informant interviews, and conversations with boaters and fishers from San Diego to Long Beach, we have identified a need for more outreach and education about our local sea turtles. This summer, we will continue working on our website, www.SoCalSeaTurtles.org, as well as giving informative presentations at angler's clubs and yacht clubs, in order to increase the public's knowledge of local sea turtles and what people can do to help conserve them."

Full schedule of Capstone projects being presented, including Mashburn's (at 4:50pm PST) is available, and the presentations will also be on live webcast.

Hope to see you there!



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