In today’s post we would like to introduce you to one of the early-adopters of WEIN, Dr. Camryn Allen. Camryn is an ISWE member who works in the Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program at Southwest Fisheries Science Center (part of NOAA Fisheries). She developed the first sea turtle endocrinology laboratory at a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) science center. Her endocrinology research examines the sex ratio (using testosterone to determine immature sea turtle sex) at sea turtle foraging grounds. The findings will be incorporated into status assessments for the management and conservation of all six sea turtle species listed as endangered or threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). In addition, Camryn is involved in determining pregnancy rate, maturity state, and stress response in free-ranging cetaceans using hormones (progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol) extracted from blubber biopsy samples; this information is informative for population level health assessments and cetacean conservation.
Check out her WEIN entry to learn more about her methods for studying green sea turtles. Then add details about your own project(s) into the database. WEIN is growing and will keep getting better as each one of us takes the time, like Camryn, to share our knowledge.
Thank you, Camryn!