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: Year 2 (2017): This grant will allow Dr. Erin Seney to continue a much-needed diet analysis of stranded Florida turtles.
  • Immune gene and pathogen drivers of fibropapillomatosis in Florida’s green and loggerhead sea turtles: Year 2 (2018): Led by Dr. Anna Savage (UCF Biology), this collaborative grant is examing sea turtle disease ecology in the Indian River Lagoon, and helps support Jake Kelley’s M.S. research.
  • Relating Florida green turtle foraging ecology and impacts of harmful algal blooms (2018): This grant supports Ph.D. student Chris Long’s research examining whether harmful algal blooms impacted the foraging ecology of juvenile green turtles in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida.

The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at


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