UNCP Scientist’s Work is Helping to Save Endangered Sea Turtles

A blockbuster scientific study that tracked ocean-going leatherback turtles may help save the endangered reptiles whose numbers have plummeted as commercial fishing continues to take a toll.

Dr. John Roe, a UNC Pembroke biology professor and reptile expert, is the lead author of the satellite-tracking study that began more than two decades ago and included 15 scientists from leading universities and institutes. The study tracked 135 leatherback turtles as they trekked across the Pacific Ocean. It was released online on January 8 by The Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences) of London and will be published in print form on February 22.

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