The Ecology and Migrations of Sea Turtles
Carr devoted his first decade of sea turtle research to initiating long-term studies, particularly of the green turtles in Florida and at Tortuguero. With the assistance of his students, he was able to fill many of the gaps in the life histories of other species, including leatherbacks, loggerheads, and ridleys. Carr investigated two distinct races of the green turtle: the “black” turtle and the “yellow” turtle. In addition, he connected with a small contingent of sea turtle researchers (most notably Tom Harrisson in Borneo and J. R. Hendrickson in Sarawak), as well scientists who studied the phenomenon of migration in other organisms, such as birds. He expanded his studies to include Ascension Island, the Pacific coast of Mexico, and the Galapagos Islands. Carr's zoogeographic studies were greatly facilitated by support from the Office of Naval Research and particularly by access to MATS flights.
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