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Christian Hayes: Graduated Master's student
Christian Hayes

 

Recreational diving and hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in a marine protected area

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Publications:

Hayes, C.T., Baumbach, D.S., Juma, D., Dunbar, S.G. 2016. Impacts of recreational diving on hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) behaviour in a marine protected area. Journal of Sustainable Tourism. PDF here

Published Abstracts:

Hayes, C.H., Baumbach, D.S., Juma, D., and Dunbar S.G. 2016. Does recreational diving alter hawksbill sea turtle foraging behavior? Results from a marine protected area, Honduras. Seventh Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium. April 20, 2016. Cedarville, OH. PDF here. Poster PDF here

Hayes, C.T., Baumbach, D.S., Wright, M.K., Baeza, L., Macpui, M., Salinas, L., Dunbar, S.G. 2015. Does recreational diving impact hawksbill sea turtle sighting rates? Preliminary analysis for a marine protected area, Honduras. 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.19-24 April, 2015. Dalaman, Mugla, Turkey. Poster PDF here

Baumbach, D.S., Hayes, C.T., Wright, M.K., Macpui, M., Salinas, L., Dunbar, S.G. 2015. Potential hawksbill prey item distribution among dive sites in a marine protected area in Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.19-24 April, 2015. Dalaman, Mugla, Turkey. Poster PDF here

Baeza, L., Hayes, C.T., Wright, M.K., Salinas, L., Dunbar, S.G. 2015. Photo Recognition for in-water identification of hawksbills in a marine potected area of Honduras. 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.19-24 April, 2015. Dalaman, Mugla, Turkey. Poster PDF here

Wright, M.K., Baeza, L., Hayes, C.T., Salinas, L., Dunbar, S.G. 2015. Sightings records of hawksbills in a marine protected area of Honduras. 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.19-24 April, 2015. Dalaman, Mugla, Turkey. Poster PDF here. Poster PDF here

 

 

Christian examined the impacts of recreational diving on hawksbill sea turtles in Roatan, Honduras. He spent summer 2014 in the Roatan Marine Park (RMP) measuring recreational diver interactions with turtles, behavior changes in turtles, and habitat variation in hawksbill foraging areas. As part of PoTECTOR's ongoint work in Honduras, Christian's has expanded our limited knowledge of Honduran hawksbill ecology, tested hypotheses regarding the effects of SCUBA diving on hawksbill behavior, and increased local and global awareness of human-turtle interaction impacts. A working knowledge of turtle-diver interactions will enable RMP managers, conservation agencies, and government officials to design more effective management strategies for high diving areas, and implement better protocols for turtle-diver interactions in marine protected areas.

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Christian taking observations of hawksbill sea turtle behavior Christian arrayed in his full scuba attire
   
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Christian measuring the effect of diver presence on sea turtle behavior Mugshot of juvenile hawksbill for photo ID analysis
   
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In addition to measuring their behavior Christian is also looking at hawksbill habitat in areas of recreational diving A hawksbill closely following Christian's movements