I study sea turtles. AMA!
Hi everyone, my name is Rick Herren and I am a PhD student at the University of Florida.
My PhD research is focused on the spatial distribution, demographics, habitat use and migratory patterns of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.
I have worked for 27 years on sea turtle nesting and in-water projects and I currently work for UF and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. My research interests and background includes sea turtle nesting impacts, abundance models, growth rates, database management, spatial ecology and habitat selection.
A big part of my work has been on interacting with diverse stakeholders to solve conservation issues.
Outside of my work I enjoy spending time with with my family, surfing, traveling, hiking, wildlife photography and good conversation.
This AMA is part of a series by the UF/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Okay, Rick is done for this time! Thanks for all the questions!--Social Media Manager Rhett