Sea Turtles in Coral Reef Ecosystems

  • Title: Ecological Roles and Importance of Sea Turtles in Coral Reef Ecosystems
  • Principal Investigator: Jeremy Kiszka
  • Timeline: Ongoing

In coral reef ecosystems, we study the roles and importance of hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) along the coasts of northwestern Madagascar. We study the abundance, distribution and feeding ecology of hawksbill turtles using multiple methods, including tow-diver surveys, focal follows, and tagging to better understand how coral reef habitats affect this species.

We also try to understand the ecological function of these long-lived and large animals, and how they can potentially affect coral reef ecosystem dynamics. We work closely with the government of Madagascar to support sea turtle conservation initiatives.

Explore the Kiszka Lab for Marine Conservation Ecology to learn more.