Faculty Advisor

El-Korchi, Tahar

Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D

Project Center

San Jose, Costa Rica


The recent decline of the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) and the uncertain state of all sea turtles worldwide has prompted many conservation efforts. This project for the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles resolved several issues facing conservation. Analysis of current techniques for gathering information on nesting trends led to a redesign of surveys and report materials used to collect this data. Specific research on the hawksbill turtle allowed for the creation of a more complete database, a mapping system, and a brochure, all of which will be used to communicate information on the decline of the species. These tools will help the IAC provide the information policy makers need to make decisions about conservation research and laws.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts