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New Research Challenges Long-Held Notions about Sea Turtle Movement

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John Davis
New Research Challenges Long-Held Notions about Sea Turtle Movement

In the midst of Southwest Florida’s sea turtle nesting season, new research findings about the movement of nesting loggerhead turtles by the U.S. Geological Survey challenge some long-held ideas about their behavior.  We’ll explore how the new data could influence future protection efforts for this threatened species and what it could indicate about the actual size of the loggerhead’s Gulf of Mexico subpopulation. 

We’ll also take a look at an ongoing research effort conducted by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory tracking the movement of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles and what it might suggest about how they cope with blooms of the toxic red tide algae.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida. Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.