The Leatherback Trust

One More Threat for the East Pacific Leatherback

By Lauren Hackney Upon arrival for my second field season with The Leatherback Trust in Costa Rica, I was eager to return to Playa Grande for its unique biodiversity. Playa Grande’s pristine white sand beach hosts nesting leatherbacks, the ...

Conservation Requires Collaboration

By George Shillinger, PhD One of the most exciting moments for me in 2016 was President Obama’s decision to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. With 582,578 square miles off the coast of Hawaii designated for permanent protection, the ...

Leatherback Turtles: Giving Thanks Where It Is Due

By Nathan Robinson, PhD Our planet is in the midst of its 6th mass extinction event. The first five events were caused by natural disasters, such as intense volcanic activity or asteroid collisions. This modern extinction event is unique because ...

Pacific Leatherback Conservation Day: Their Future is in Our Hands

By George Shillinger, PhD Leatherbacks and other sea turtles are ancient creatures. When dinosaurs roamed the earth 110 million years ago, sea turtles were present, in abundance. But today, numbers have dropped to 0.1 percent of their historic highs. Pacific Leatherback Conservation ...

Sea Turtles Can Save Themselves If We Clean Up Our Act

By Nathan J. Robinson, Ph.D Sea turtles have been swimming in our oceans ever since the time of the dinosaurs, enduring meteor collisions, ice ages, and the shifting of the continents. Yet human activity has recently brought many sea ...