Lucas has been interested in a career in environmental conservation from an early age. He completed a BS in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston and is currently pursuing a PhD in the Intercampus Marine Science Graduate Program at UMass Amherst. Some of Lucas’ collaborative research projects have included bonefish conservation in The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Florida Keys and golden dorado conservation in Argentina.
His dissertation focuses on the behavioral and spatial ecology of green sea turtles around Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. Specifically, Lucas uses passive acoustic telemetry to understand the factors affecting green sea turtle movement patterns, habitat use, and connectivity across different spatial and temporal scales. Additionally, he aims to assess the effects of snorkelers on the behavior of immature green turtles. Since green sea turtles spend a substantial part of their life history in coastal habitats increasingly affected by anthropogenic disturbances, this study will provide resource managers with important tools to meet the conservation needs.
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