Ashley Meade, 2016 BHI Conservancy Sea Turtle Intern, is currently stationed in St. Croix conducting sea turtle research through the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research (ACCSTR). She stayed on-island during this fall's hurricanes and continues to do research in the aftermath of these disasterous storms. Read the news release from ACCSTR below.
Alexandra Gulick, ACCSTR graduate student, along with Ashley Meade (UF alumna) and Laura Palma, are currently conducting a research project that will evaluate green turtle grazing dynamics and behavior, and the productivity of grazed seagrass meadows in the Caribbean.
Pictured above are Alexandra (left) and Laura (right) taking a seagrass rhizome core sample from an exclosure location. The project is being conducted with the support of the National Park Service at Buck Island Reef National Monument in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, the PADI Foundation, and the ACCSTR through funds from the Disney Conservation Fund. Although field work had to be suspended in September and early October after the island was hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the team is in good spirits and has now been able to resume their research! Photo: Shaun Wolfe
Ashley gives thumbs up as the team returns to their field sites after delays caused by the devastating hurricanes. Photo: Alexandra Gulick
Source: Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research