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Abundance and Distribution of Sea Turtles in the Pacific Islands


National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.80.B7851 Honolulu, HI 96822


Name E-mail Phone
Van Houtan, Kyle Schuyler kyle.vanhoutan@noaa.gov 808.725.5707


The Marine Turtle Assessment Program at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center does in-water and nesting beach research throughout the Pacific Islands region and is responsible for analysis and assessment of population status. Our research includes population ecology, climatic effects, epidemiology, historical ecology, physiology, and life history and is essentially divided between gathering and analyzing empirical data relevant for US Endangered Species Act processes such as Biological Opinions and Status Reviews. This project focuses on analyzing an extensive database of spatially-referenced in-water sea turtle surveys from the western and south Pacific. The bulk of the work will be in developing quantitative tools to understand the abundance and distribution of insular Pacific sea turtles from these data. There will be additional opportunities available to collaborate on ongoing projects, including in-water sea turtle capture/tagging in Hawaii and laboratory analyses. The successful applicant will possess a range of analytical/modeling capabilities including time series analysis, population abundance estimation, confidence interval generation, accounting for environment and effort co-factors, probability theory, and geospatial analysis.



Kittinger JN, Van Houtan KS, et al: Ecography 36: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00245.x, 2013

Van Houtan KS, Hargrove SK, Balazs GH: Land Use, Macroalgae, and a Tumor-Forming Disease in Marine Turtles. PLoS ONE 5:e12900, 2010


Population ecology; Marine turtles; Time series; Probability theory; Survey effort; Geospatial ecology; GIS;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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