EAI has presented at two conferences in 2017. In February, EAI presented at the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s Technical Conference in Stuart, FL and in April the International Sea Turtle Symposium in Las Vegas, NV.
EAI Biologist Joe Scarola presented his innovative nighttime lighting survey process that helps local jurisdictions ensure their shorelines are compliant with adopted codes. The survey technique employs the use of a sub-meter accurate GPS unit fitted with a camera and laser rangefinder to precisely locate and photograph non-compliant light sources. The collected data is processed to generate interactive maps viewable in Google Earth.
Also at the International Sea Turtle Symposium was a poster prepared by Amber Stevenson and titled “Quantifying the Effects of Rock Armoring on Sea Turtle Nesting Success in New Smyrna Beach, FL (USA).” This study provides additional information to coastal managers for the evaluation of coastal armoring projects. We thank Joe and Amber for contributing to sea turtle research and management and for making EAI proud!