The research, educational opportunities, and scientific advisory service provided by the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group are made possible by long-standing partnerships and the generous support of numerous agencies, organizations, and private individuals. Over the years, these included, but are not limited to:

  • Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program
  • National Academies of Sciences
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • The Sea Turtle Grants Program (funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at
  • Brevard County Board of Commissioners
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
  • Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida (for information on our Sea Turtle and Climate Change 2016 Workshop, click here)
  • University of Central Florida
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Patrick Air Force Base Environmental Planning Office
  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program
  • Friends of the Carr Refuge
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy
  • Hubbs Sea World Research Institute
  • Richard King Mellon Foundation
  • Brevard County Office of Resource Management

Friends of the UCF MTRG include (but are not limited to):

D. Defreese, T. Tucker, A. Meylan, B. Witherington, D. Witherington, K. Kneifl, J. Wang, G. Balazs, T. Wibbles, D. Owens, J. Weishampel, M. Bresette, B. Schroeder, E. Possart, S. McPherson, A. M. Lauritsen, K. Dotillo-Bain, P. Tritaik, P. Raymond, R. Mojica, J. Stevenson, J. Hochella, and every student, intern, or volunteer who has spent a summer with us on the Carr Refuge.

We would also like to thank Citimarine Store for their generous support and equipment donations.

To all: thank you.

The following research projects are currently funded (in part or in whole)  by the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program. Specifically:

Diet characterization of green, loggerhead, and Kemp’s ridley turtles in Florida (2016): This grant will allow Dr. Erin Seney to initiate a much-needed diet analysis of stranded Florida turtles.

“Sea Turtles”: an animated film, promoting sea turtle conservation through visual arts and scientific experience (2016): The MTRG is teaming up with UCF CREATE’s animation team to create a short animated film inspired by sea turtle life history and the UCF MTRG research program.

Migratory Ecology and Reproductive Output of the Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) Nesting on the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (2015):  This project will help determine relative contribution of foraging areas to the green turtle aggregation nesting on the Archie Carr NWR using both stable isotope analyses and satellite telemetry.

Research vessel for in-water assessment of juvenile sea turtles in the Indian River Lagoon (2015)We are excited to be purchasing a much-needed new boat for our in-water research.

Adult green turtle (Chelonia mydas) of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, 2013, 2014, and 2015:     Using satellite telemetry, we tracked male and female green turtles (mating pairs) from the Carr Refuge nesting beach to identify migratory pathways and post-nesting/mating foraging areas. (www.

 Integrating stable isotope analysis and hatchling productivity assessments to infer relative importance of loggerhead foraging areas, Years 1 and 2 (2013, 2014): This project aims to determine relative contribution of foraging areas to the loggerhead aggregation nesting in Florida using stable isotope analyses of non-viable eggs.
The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at