Suisun Marsh Turtle Project
In collaboration with CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Department of Water Resources (DWR), we have initiated a long-term monitoring project on Western Pond turtles in Suisun Marsh, Ca. Our project seeks to broadly understand the effects of tidal marsh restoration and water salinity variation on Western Pond turtles, a species of special concern in the state of California. Specifically, we are investigating Western Pond turtle occupancy, abundance, survival, and habitat use throughout the marsh, to learn more about how we can improve conservation and management of the species.
UC Davis Turtle Conservation and Ecology
Aquatic turtle research is led by Mickey Agha, a PhD student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at the University of California, Davis (ecology.ucdavis.edu). He is assisted by Melissa Riley, a CDFW environmental scientist. Mickey conducts basic and applied biological research under Dr. Brian Todd (toddlab.ucdavis.edu), Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology (wfcb.ucdavis.edu). Mickey is interested in wetland ecology and conservation, and better understanding population dynamics, movement, and general response of reptiles to habitat disturbance.