Two Georgia Tech Savannah Professors interviewed on loggerhead sea turtle injuries

Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) came to the Savannah campus the week of May 2nd to interview Dr. David Scott and Dr. Paul Work on their recent research paper “Influence of small vessel operation and propulsion system on loggerhead sea turtle injuries" that was published in the June 2010 edition of the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. Collisions with marine vessels pose a huge threat to sea turtles along with other marine vertebrates.

Dr. Scott and Dr. Work, along with Georgia Tech Savannah graduate students, have been working with the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, to demonstrate how boating propeller impact could injure and or kill the sea turtles. It took them six to eight months to mold an exact replica of a loggerhead sea turtle shell in order to test various impact scenarios. One of the replica sea turtles was described in detail during the interview, as well as demonstrations regarding the molding and building of the replica shells.  This is phase two of the project with the initial phase being completed last summer.

GPB will be back in early August 2011 to cover the team as they perform field testing.

Supplemental Information:
Dr. David Scott CV
Dr. Paul Work CV
Savannah Morning News Article - August 17, 2009: "High tech turtles reveal how boats injure loggerheads"


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