Sea Turtles & Oil Spills

Thursday, March 23, 2017
9 am – 3 pm, central time
Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX

Join us for a day focused on the iconic sea turtle! We’ll gather to listen to leaders in oil spill science, emergency response, animal rescue, and natural resource management share their knowledge and experience related to the impacts of oil spills on sea turtles. Following the presentations, Sea Grant will facilitate discussions focused on the future of sea turtles. Check out the event’s flyer here and the day’s agenda here.

This workshop is free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served, but you must register here:

To join remotely on the day of the event, visit here to log on to WebEx:
Password: oilscience
Dial-in Number: 1-888-848-0190
Participant Pin: 2966075#

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Donna Shaver, Chief, Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, Padre Island National Seashore, National Park Service

Jeff George, Executive Director, Sea Turtle Inc.

Dr. Nathan Putman, NOAA Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Dr. Charles Caillouet, Marine Fisheries Scientist-Conservation Volunteer

Dr. Benny Gallaway, President, LGL Ecological Research Associates, Inc.

Gonzalo Pena, Natural Resources Specialist, Oil Spill Prevention & Response, Texas General Land Office

Gary Graham, Texas Sea Grant Fishery Specialist & Turtle Excluder Device expert

Dr. Tracy Collier, retired NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Director of Environmental Conservation Division, technical adviser & consultant

Dr. Patrick M. Burchfield, Executive Director, Gladys Porter Zoo

Local partners will offer additional activities throughout the weekend. The zoo will screen new documentary film Saving Sea Turtles the evening of the workshop. Texas Sea Grant is also planning a local beach cleanup for Saturday, March 25.