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 Lucy Collyer

Lucy Collyer

Postgraduate research student

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 Daphne du Maurier 


Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


My broad interests lie in the fields of marine conservation and biology, in particular focusing on marine turtle biology and population abundance. My research focuses on providing the distribution and abundance of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the Cayman Islands.

During my time in College and Undergraduate program at the University of Plymouth, I volunteered for 5 seasons with the Marine Turtle Conservation Project in Northern Cyprus. Here I gained experience in conservation work within the field as well as management roles. I also completed my Honors project on the effects of incubation temperature on hatchling morphology and hatch success of green turtles (Chelonia mydas).

Additional projects include spending the last two years to current date on marine turtle internship program with the Cayman Islands Environmental Department. 

Broad research specialisms:

  • Marine conservation
  • Sea turtle biology
  • Population abundance


BSc. (Hons) Conservation Biology


Research projects

Project Title: Distribution and abundance of juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the Cayman Islands

Supervisors: Annette Broderick (University of Exeter) Brendan Godley (University of Exeter) and Janice Blumenthal (Cayman Islands Government, Department of Environment)

Project Description:
This project will be conducted in the Cayman Islands in conjunction with the marine turtle conservation program run by the Cayman Islands government. Boat line transects will be conducted through the shallow lagoons surrounding Grand Cayman using distance sampling techniques to estimate the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) abundance. Through capture mark recapture of juvenile greens using the turtle rodeo and netting techniques, individuals will be tagged and a blood sample taken to assessed the population’s health in particular looking for fibropapilloma.


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