Meet the Expert:  Carlee Jackson, Marine Turtle Specialist 

Originally from Detroit, MI, Carlee moved to Florida and received my Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Florida Atlantic University in 2016. She is currently  a Marine Turtle Specialist at Gumbo Limbo Nature center, where she helps monitor sea turtle nesting activity along the beaches of Boca Raton. She also helps in the sea turtle hospital, helping to rehabilitate patients so they can be released back into the ocean. This summer she completed her master’s in marine science from Nova Southeastern University, where her Master’s thesis research focused on looking at the effects of feeding tourism on nurse sharks in Belize. Additionally, she is a co-founder of an organization named Minorities in Shark Science, where their goal is to increase and promote diversity in the field of shark and marine science.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlee works at

Founded in 1984, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a unique cooperative project of the City of Boca Raton, the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District, Florida Atlantic University, and Friends of Gumbo Limbo.

 

As a beacon for environmental education, research, and conservation, Gumbo Limbo’s 20 acres on the protected barrier island provide refuge to many varieties of plants and animals – some rare or endangered. It also represents a commitment to protect our natural resources by our staff, volunteers, and the organizations that comprise the Center.

Carlee loves sharks, too! Listen to her talk about Feeding Sharks for Tourism on the Animals to the Max podcast here 

 

Want to learn more about sea turtle nesting in Florida? Watch this video:

 

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Make your own recycling bin and decorate it (maybe with turtles) and use it to pick up trash on the beach!

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If you send in your challenge OR just leave a comment below about the episode, you will be entered into a giveaway to win a FREE copy of the book listed below.

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Book Giveaway with this podcast!

Sea Turtle Scientist by Stephen R. Swinburne (HMH Kids)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book List

Leatherback Sea Turtles: Ancient Swimming Reptiles by Rebecca E. Hirsch (Lerner Books)

National Geographic Kids Mission: Sea Turtle Rescue: All About Sea Turtles and How to Save Them by Karen Romano Young (NGKids)

Zoology: Cool Women Who Work With Animals by Jennifer Swanson  (Nomad Press)

Ocean: A Visual Encyclopedia by Doring Kindersly