CIE Seminar Series – 2020: Sea turtle research in the Chagos Archipelago marine protected area

SPEAKER: Dr Jacques-Olivier Laloë, Associate Research Fellow, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE & TIME: Friday, 29th May 2020 @ 12:00 noon

LOCATION: Seminar to be streamed via Zoom. Click HERE to connect.


The Chagos Archipelago lies in the middle of one of the largest marine protected areas (MPA) in the world and has a rich diversity of marine life including sea turtles. Deakin University has collaborated with other universities and carried out research in the Chagos Archipelago MPA since 2012.

Here I will present some of our research at this unique site, including the surveying of beaches for turtle nesting activities, the long-term monitoring of sand temperatures to track climate warming, the tracking of adult and juvenile turtles with satellite tags, and drone surveys of key foraging habitats.

Our work improves our understanding of the biology and ecology of both hawksbill and green sea turtles that use the Indian Ocean during parts of their life histories and helps drive national and international conservation policies for sea turtles in general.


Jacques-Olivier Laloë is a post-doctoral researcher at Deakin University, Australia. His main research interests are sea turtle ecology, biotelemetry, climate change and conservation.

He has worked with sea turtles since 2007 and his main study sites include the Cape Verde Islands, French Polynesia, and the Chagos Archipelago.

For more info click HERE or visit Jacques-Olivier’s website.

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