Coastal areas provide nesting habitat for marine turtles, which are critical for the persistence of their populations. However, many nesting areas are highly developed and exposed to associated disturbances, such as those from artificial lighting, human presence, shoreline armoring, beach compaction, noise, and pollution. These pressures jeopardize the quality of nesting areas, alter the behavior of both adults and hatchlings, and influence the reproductive output and success of marine turtles. Thus, our lab focuses on several projects that explore the extent to which nesting areas are exposed to coastal development and associated disturbances and quantifies impacts to marine turtle productivity.



Sella, K.A.N., #Ware, M., Ceriani, S. A., Desjardin, N., Eastman, S., Addison, D., Kraus, M., Trindell, R., Fuentes, M. M. P. B. (2023). Urban pocket beaches as nesting habitat for marine turtles: Their importance and risk from inundation. Global Ecology and Conservation, 41.
Fuentes, M. M. P. B. , Allstadt, A. J., Ceriani, S. A., Godfrey, M. H., Gredzens, C., Helmers, D., Ingram, D., Pate, M., Radeloff, V. C., Shaver, D.J., Wildermann, N., Taylor, L., Bateman, B. L. (2020). Potential adaptability of marine turtles to climate change may be hindered by coastal development in the USA. Regional Environmental Change, 20(3), 104.
Sella, K., & Fuentes, M. M. P. B. (2019). Using expert opinion to prioritize impacts of coastal construction on sea turtle nesting grounds. Coastal Management. doi:10.1080/08920753.2019.1642176.
Sella, K., Fuentes, M. M. P. B. (2019). Exposure of Marine Turtle Nesting Grounds to Coastal Construction: implications for management. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management, 169 182-190.
Fuentes, M. M. P. B. , Gredzens C, Bateman BL, Boettcher R, Ceriani SA, Godfrey MH, Helmers D, Ingram DK, Kamrowski RL, Pate MP, Pressey RL, Radeloff VC. (2016) Conservation hotspots for marine turtle nesting in the United States based on coastal development. Ecological Applications, 26, 2706-2717.


Kristen Sella, Florida State University
Simona Ceriani, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission


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Council of Research and Creativity, Florida State University