University of Florida
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2018
Dr. Vander Zanden is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research at the University of Florida. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida. She also held postdoctoral appointments at the University of Utah and U.S. Geological Survey. The goal of Dr. Vander Zandenis research is to address critical knowledge gaps about where sea turtles are most abundant in the Gulf of Mexico. Much of her research program relies on the use of intrinsic markers called stable isotopes, which are naturally occurring forms of elements that are integrated from the environment through an organismis diet. By identifying where sea turtles forage via samples collected at the nesting beach, population hotspots can be identified and paired with information about threat severity and target restoration activities.