Scientific Publications

Loggerhead Marinelife Center's research team works with local and international organizations to form partnerships and share initiatives and best practices that are core to our mission of ocean conservation with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. These resources document some of our published findings and successful projects.

Comprehensive health assessment and blood
analyte reference intervals of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in southeastern FL, USA

Comparison of 2 glucose analytical methodologies in immature Kemp’s ridley sea turtles: dry chemistry of plasma versus point-of-care glucometer analysis of whole blood

Insights on Immune Function in Free-Ranging Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) with and without Fibropapillomatosis

Blood analytes of immature Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) from Georgia, USA: reference intervals and body size correlations

Anthropogenic Contaminants and Histopathological Findings in Stranded Cetaceans in the Southeastern United States,

Nontargeted lipidomics in nesting females of three sea turtle species in Florida by ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography-high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS/MS) reveals distinct species-specific lipid signatures

Comprehensive health assessment of
green turtles Chelonia mydas nesting in
southeastern Florida, USA

Heat, health and hatchlings: associations of in situ nest temperatures with morphological and physiological characteristics of loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings from Florida

Morphological variation in leatherback
(Dermochelys coriacea) hatchlings at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, US Virgin Islands

Impact of the fire ant pesticide AMDRO on
loggerhead turtle nest productivity and
seafinding orientation

Pre-/analytical factors affecting whole blood
and plasma glucose concentrations in
loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta)


Harmful algal and cyanobacterial toxins in foraging green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in Florida’s Big Bend

Caryospora-Like Coccidia Infecting Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas): An Emerging Disease With Evidence of Interoceanic Dissemination


The Iconic Atlantic Goliath Grouper
(Epinephelus itajara): A
Comprehensive Assessment of
Health Indices in the Southeastern
United States Population

Plasma chemistry in nesting leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) from Florida: understanding the importance of sample hemolysis effects on blood analytes

Impacts of a geotextile container dune core on marine turtle nesting in Juno Beach, Florida, United States

Albinism In Florida Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Hatchlings: Ratio-Based Evidence of Basic Mendelian Recessiveness

Breeding sex ratio and population size of
loggerhead turtles from Southwestern Florida

Longitudinal study of breeding sex ratios of two imperiled turtles nesting in southern Florida

The research project above was funded in part by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at

Evidence of accumulation and elimination of inorganic contaminants from the lachrymal salt glands of leatherback sea turtles

Comparison of Whole Blood and Plasma Glucose Concentrations in Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) Determined Using a Glucometer and a Dry Chemistry Analyzer

Blood Chemistry and Hematology Values in Healthy and Rehabilitated Rough-Toothed Dolphins (Steno bredanensis) fffffffffffff

Potential effects of brevetoxins and toxic elements on various health variables in Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles after a red tide bloom event

Blood analytes of oceanic-juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) from Azorean waters: reference intervals, size-relevant correlations and comparisons to neritic loggerheads from western Atlantic coastal waters

Note on the unique physiologic state of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) during nesting season as evidenced by a suite of health variables