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“Understanding Challenges to Endangered Sea Turtles:
The Role of Life History and Demography”

Larry B. Crowder
Science Director
Center for Ocean Solutions

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Larry is one of the most influential marine ecologists of our time. Although he is quite busy serving on advisory panels and informing the latest marine policies, he always finds time to interact with students and is a phenomenal mentor for the next generation of marine scientists. This is a great opportunity to hear Larry speak about his pivotal research uncovering the mysteries of sea turtle life histories, which has shaped how the U.S. manages sea turtle populations."

— Lindsey Peavey, PhD student host

Larry Crowder

Sea turtles are long-lived species that produce large numbers of embryos in each nesting season over a reproductive period of decades. Having reinvaded the sea from land over their evolutionary history, they lay these nests on sandy beaches, a highly risky, erosive environment. Still, this life history worked over tens of millions of years. But they are having trouble co-existing with humans. In this talk, I outline the conservation challenges for sea turtles and the critical life history and demographic understanding necessary to frame robust strategies to save them.  Significant progress has been mad,e and sea turtle conservation has its success stories. But challenges remain. Meeting those challenges requires a diverse approach to collecting and synthesizing data as well as thinking innovatively about pathways to solutions. 

In addition to serving as science director at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Larry Crowder is also a professor of biology at Hopkins Marine Station and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (both part of Stanford University), as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Previously, he was the Stephen Toth Professor of Marine Biology at Duke University, and received Duke's Scholar/Teacher of the year award in 2009. He is a renowned applied marine ecologist who has collaborated with scholars all over the world. His recent research has focused on marine conservation, including research on bycatch, spatial ecological analysis, nutrients and low oxygen, sustainable seafood, ecosystem-based management, marine spatial planning, and governance.

NOTE: Each academic year, six speakers are selected by Bren School MESM and PhD students to present on subjects that may be of particular interest to them. The talks are generally of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is to attact dynamic speakers to whom our students related particularly well, to enhance knowledge and understanding, and to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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