Description of Program
General Description of Sea Turtle Program:
The Texas A&M University at Galveston Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab (STFERL) has been conducting research on turtles in the western Gulf of Mexico under the direction of Dr. André M. Landry, Jr. since 1991. Much of this research has focused on the life history and distribution of Kemp’s ridleys (Lepidochelys kempii) in the northwestern Gulf, but related investigations have included ridley diet, energetics, capture stress and toxicology, as well as monitoring of green turtle assemblages (Chelonia mydas) along the middle and lower Texas coast. Current research involves examining the distribution and movements of Kemp’s ridleys from the upper Texas coast in order to investigate apparent changes in the distribution of juveniles in the northwestern Gulf; sea turtle nesting activity and post-nesting movements along the upper Texas coast; species composition, occurrence, distribution and behavior of sea turtles in Texas bays; and foraging ecology of immature green sea turtles in Texas’ lower Laguna Madre.