The center will train the next generation of sea turtle biologists.

Texas A&M University at Galveston will be the home of the new Gulf Center for Sea Turtle Research, with Department of Marine Biology Professor Dr. Christopher Marshall serving as the inaugural director.

The center will seek to use its strategic location and research expertise to facilitate the coordination of sea turtle experts from institutions across Texas and the Gulf of Mexico region to promote and support research that leads to restoration of sea turtle populations in the Gulf.

The primary goal of the center is to create a consortium that will enhance the efforts of individual researchers in support of programmatic grant proposals that individual researchers usually cannot access. Other goals include establishing research priorities, increasing cooperation and communication of researchers throughout the Gulf, training the sea turtle biologists of the next generation, and conducting sea turtle research in the region.

In a huge boost of support, starting on April 29, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will have a Sea Turtle specialty license plate available for purchase. Part of the funds generated from the initial sale and the proceeding registrations will benefit the center and its research activities, such as our in-water sea turtle capture and tagging program.