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Ocean Ecosystem Indicators for Sea Turtle Bycatch and Juvenile Recruitment


National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

RO# Location
26.03.80.B7855 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 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 developing ecosystem indicators for juvenile recruitment and bycatch for leatherback, hawksbill, green, olive ridley, and loggerhead sea turtles. The bulk of work will be analyzing a variety of empirical data streams—including fisheries interactions, satellite tracks, and data from novel miniaturized biotelemetry devices—to describe the pelagic habits and habitats of juvenile turtles. The spatiotemporal scale and variability of such oceanographic factors are influential for sea turtle population dynamics and forecasting extinction risk. The successful applicant will possess a range of capabilities in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, oceanography, biotelemetry, animal movements, and quantitative modeling.



Van Houtan KS, Halley JM: Long-Term Climate Forcing in Loggerhead Sea Turtle Nesting. PLoS ONE 6: e19043, 2011


Ecosystem; Sea turtle; Population; Ecology; Climate; Epidemiology; Physiology; Fisheries interactions; Pelagic; Oceanographic;


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