News : 2017 : January

Special Issue of Endangered Species Research

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Stacy and co-authors on the January publication of “Clinicopathological findings in sea turtles assessed during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response”. This is one of an array of impressive studies presented in Endangered Species Research. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in an area frequented by 5 species protected under the Endangered Species Act: Kemp’s ridley, green turtle, loggerhead turtle, hawksbill turtle, and the leatherback turtle.

Dr. Stacy’s report characterized changes in blood assessments relative to the observed degree of oiling in 319 rescued turtles. Using a preestablished prognostic model, 36% of the turtles were identified as physiologically deranged and 25% of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtles exceeded the mortality risk threshold. This data weighs heavily on the potential fate of the oiled turtles that remained at sea and did not benefit from medical intervention in the rehabilitation setting.

For full issue of the this publication, see Endangered Species Research