You are invited by the GTM Research Reserve to join them to learn more than you ever wanted to know about sea turtles during this lecture titled Afternoon Insight: Studying Juvenile Sea Turtles. Guest lecturer is David Duffy, a cancer molecular biologist at the Sea Turtle Hospital, University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience. His presentation is titled, “A Florida Mystery: The Emergence of a Debilitating Cancer in Juvenile Sea Turtles.” Duffy is currently combining his cancer and conservation experience to better understand fibropapilloma (cauliflower-like growths), an emerging cancer affecting sea turtles worldwide.
Researchers at the Sea Turtle Hospital are applying human medicine techniques, including whole genome profiling approaches, to determine new drug treatments of sea turtles with fibropapilloma tumors. The ultimate goal of this work is to help aid efforts to conserve sea turtle species, both locally in Florida and globally.
Enjoy free admittance to the Exhibit Hall before the lecture. Tickets to the lecture are free, but you are required to register online. Be sure to sign up quickly; click on the event website link to register. The event takes place in the Environmental Education Center’s auditorium.
For more information, call 904-823-4500.