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Turtle-y Texas: Exploring Sea Turtles in the Lone Star State

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Aug 25, 2020 01:40 PM

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Dr. Natalie Wildermann
Postdoctoral Research Associate @Plotkin Lab, Texas A&M University
Dr. Natalie Wildermann's expertise lies in understanding the spatial and movement ecology of marine megafauna for their management and conservation. Her research the past 12 years has covered topics from artisanal and recreational fisheries and their impacts on sea turtles, to oceanographic modeling, foraging ecology and conservation GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Natalie is particularly interested in employing animal telemetry technologies to understand species distribution and behavior. Dr. Wildermann is part of the Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Assessment team with Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University and is currently based at HRI. Her work at HRI focuses on assessing the spatial distribution and behavior of sea turtles in Matagorda Bay using acoustic and satellite telemetry.
Laura Picariello
Fisheries Specialist @Texas Sea Grant
Laura Picariello joined Texas Sea Grant as the Marine Fisheries Specialist in June 2018. Her primary focus is on helping commercial and recreational fishing communities understand and utilize the latest in fisheries technology, research and management to develop applicable solutions to problems facing their communities. Picariello currently works with the Texas shrimp industry, helping fishermen with the proper installation, use and maintenance of turtle excluder devices (TEDs) and bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) to minimize impacts on other species. Before joining Texas Sea Grant, Picariello was a Research Assistant, later Technical Programs Manager, then Director of Audubon Nature Institute's Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries (G.U.L.F.), a regional sustainable seafood program designed to focus on Gulf of Mexico fisheries. Over the past 5 years, Picariello has focused on sustainable wild-capture fisheries, supply chain traceability and market-based initiatives.
Jace Tunnell
Director @Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, UTMSI
As director of the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) at the University of Texas Marine Science (UTMSI), Jace Tunnell helps to develop and facilitate partnerships that enhance coastal decision-making through research, education, and stewardship. Tunnell is the founder and leader of the Nurdle Patrol, a citizen-science project based in Corpus, Christi, Texas, that gathers data on nurdle pollution primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. Since the project’s beginning in November 2018, Tunnell has recorded and mapped this data to stimulate stronger regulations to prevent nurdle spills during production, transportation, and distribution. His efforts have also justified international research projects on plastic pollution. Tunnell began his current position as the director of the NERR in December 2014 and previously worked with the Coastal Bays & Estuaries Program and the South Florida Water Management District.