“I have to go to the Virgin Islands, maybe you should come with me,” my boss said to me within my first week on the job.
My response? An emphatic, “Sure!”
The tiny 10-passenger plane from Puerto Rico landed at St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands and I was suddenly on a lush green mountainous island surrounded by bright blue water. We snorkeled in our soon-to-be turtle-survey site, were served drinks by over-achieving bartenders from the mainland, and…..dove into the National Park Service archives.
An entire day was spent searching through box after box for details, data and reports on past sea turtle research conducted by the Park service. None of this had been published in the scientific literature and we wanted to change that.
Nearly two years later, we had compiled, edited, re-analyzed, sorted out unnecessary details, and wrote a paper that was finally ready for publication. Thank you to Marine Biology for accepting this work that was a culmination of many people’s efforts over many years.
The link to the article is here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00227-013-2249-x
and the full citation is:
Hart KM, Sartain AR, Hillis-Starr Z-M, Phillips B, Mayor PA, Roberson K, Pemberton Jr RA, Allen JB, Lundgren I, Musick S. 2013. Ecology of juvenile hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata) at Buck Island Reef National Monument, US Virgin Islands. Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-013-2249-x.