UHCL Graduate Students, EIH Director Present Diamondback Terrapin Research
September 16, 2013
Environmental Institute of Houston-sponsored graduate students Rachel George and Bryan Alleman attended and presented their research findings in a poster paper, Possible Effects
of Salinity on Texas Diamondback Terrapin, at the 6th Symposium on Status, Ecology
and Conservation of Diamondback Terrapin, which was held at St. Christopher's Camp
and Conference Center, Seabroook Island, S.C., on September 13-15, 2013.
Also in attendance was EIH Director George Guillen who presented the preliminary findings
of a project funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service titled Potential Impact of the Blue Crab Fishery on Texas Diamondback
Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin littoralis).
Both George and Alleman are pursuing their MS in Environmental Science within the
School of Science and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
They are conducting important new research on the nesting and feeding ecology of this
terrapin species. Through EIH sponsorship, several environmental science graduate
students over the last few years have conducted research on this important species.
This research has contributed significantly to the understanding of terrapin ecology
There were over 100 conference attendees from all Gulf and Atlantic states. The triennial
meeting is sponsored by the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group (DTWG) whose mission
is to create greater awareness and promote conservation of this unique estuarine species
of turtle. Terrapin are facing increasing threats from habitat loss, bycatch mortality
and vessel and boat collisions throughout their range.
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