Continued Quest to Solve the Riddles of the Ridleys

Presentation  |  january 22

The Kemp’s ridley turtle is the most endangered species of marine turtle but also happens to be the most common species inhabiting our coastal waters. Dr. Schmid has been working on the riddles of the ridleys for 30 years. The unique conservation history of the Kemp’s ridley will be discussed and includes ongoing collaborative research efforts.


Jeffrey Schmid is an Environmental Research Manager with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida. He received his B.S. in Environmental Technology/Aquaculture from Florida Institute of Technology, M.S. in Biological Sciences from University of South Alabama, and Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida.

Dr. Schmid has 28 years of experience conducting research in the coastal areas of western Florida, particularly with in-water aggregations of marine turtles. He has conducted long-term tagging studies of marine turtles in the Cedar Keys, Charlotte Harbor, and the Ten Thousand Islands. He has used telemetric monitoring and benthic habitat mapping to determine that critically endangered Kemp’s ridleys were using live bottom habitat in near shore waters.

Dr. Schmid also studied the seasonal migrations of Kemp’s ridleys and analyzed movements relative to sea surface temperature, depth, and harmful algae blooms (red tide) using satellite telemetry. He used diet and stable isotope analyses to characterize the trophic ecology of Kemp’s ridleys in estuarine feeding grounds. Other fisheries studies include characterizing tidal creeks in southwest Collier County as developmental habitat for marine sportfish (tarpon and snook) and documenting the diet of the non-native Mayan cichlid in these estuarine habitats.

Dr. Schmid has also been involved with wildlife surveys as part of restoration efforts in Picayune Strand, as well as studies of depressional wetlands as aquatic refugia in the South Florida ecosystem. Other research efforts include using fish and invertebrates as biological indicators of ecological conditions in aquatic environments, analyzing benthic habitat distributions within bays and estuaries, and sampling representative habitat types for indicators of habitat condition and water quality.

The lecture series frequently sells out. We encourage you to reserve your seat for any of the upcoming presentations. To attend, please pre-register for the event by emailing Sophia Navarra at sophian@conservancy.org or by calling 239.403.4207. You will receive either an email or verbal confirmation of your reservation. If you do not receive a confirmation, we do not have you registered, please contact us again for confirmation. We stop accepting reservations after 3:00PM the day of the presentation.

Doors open at 5:30 PM. Program starts at 6 PM.

full list of 2019 Presenters

Dr. Jeff Schmid | Evenings at the Conservancy

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles

Dr. Jeff Schmid

Conservancy Research Manager

Marisa Carrozzo | Evenings at the Conservancy

Western Everglades

Kathy worley &
Marisa Carrozzo

Conservancy Science Director &
Conservancy Senior Policy Specialist

Dr. Jerry Jackson | Evenings at the Conservancy


Dr. Jerry Jackson

Professor Emeritus of Ecological Sciences, FGCU


Joanna Fitzgerald | Evenings at the Conservancy

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Joanna Fitzgerald

Director, von Arx Wildlife Hospital

Dr. Harold Wanless | Evenings at the Conservancy

Sea Level Rise

Dr. Harold Wanless

University of Miami | Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences


Dr. Vince Lovko | Evenings at the Conservancy

Algae Blooms

Dr. Vince Lovko

Mote Marine | Manager of the Phytoplankton Ecology Program


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