Scott Eanes, our CBCC Environmental Programs Associate, had the opportunity to present at the International Sea Turtle Symposium (April 15-20, 2016 in Las Vegas). Scott came from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Marine and Environmental Science graduate program where he earned his master’s degree studying critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles. His master’s thesis was titled “Assessing Habitat Utilization by the Juvenile and Sub-adult Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) Along the Artificial Marine Habitat of the Cyril E. King Runway” on St. Thomas.
While working at CBCC, Scott continues on his own time to study “his turtles” in on-going research in Brewer’s Bay, along the Cyril E. King runway, and at Hawksbill Cove, on St. Thomas.
Scott’s project is a joint endeavor between UVI and the VI Sea Turtle Project looking at abundance, distribution, movement, and natal origins of green and hawksbill turtles in the study area. Scott said in an interview: “This research is extremely valuable in terms of establishing baseline population data, turtle growth data, habitat health as it pertains to turtles, turtle movement and habitat utilization, and then the big mystery question, where do our turtles come from?”
CBCC hopes to start doing some small-scale seaturtle research in Coral Bay in the next year, with Scott’s leadership.