The Leatherback Project is an organization dedicated to the conservation of the massive leatherback sea turtle throughout its global range through research, education and advocacy initiatives aimed at mitigating fisheries bycatch, reducing plastic pollution and combating climate change. As sea turtles are a flagship species, by studying them and the threats facing their survival, we can open the doors to conversations about the biggest threats facing our oceans today.
Through research, education, and advocacy.
Restored balance, decreased anthropogenic pressures on overexploited resources and a sustainable future for the world’s ocean ecosystems and coastal habitats, allowing for the recovery of endangered wildlife, like the leatherback sea turtle.
Callie is a marine conservation biologist and National Geographic Explorer dedicated to ocean conservation. Over the past 4 years, sea turtle conservation has brought her to various countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa, and she has initiated The Leatherback Project (TLP) for the conservation of leatherback turtles the world over through community empowerment, research and advocacy. Her current research interests include mitigating fisheries bycatch through grassroots community partnerships and campaigns, bycatch reduction technology research, delineation of non-target species coastal habitat use, and the development of effective management strategies. She received a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s in Biology from Purdue University.
Projects Coordinator - Ecuador
Amanda received a degree in Biology from the University of Guayaquil, with complementary studies at the Polytechnic School of the Coast (ESPOL) in Environmental Legislation and Conservation of Natural Resources. As a student she participated in the monitoring and conservation of the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas ) on Santiago Island, Galapagos. Amanda worked for 12 years in the breeding and production of captive shrimp larva and also has experience performing wildlife rescues of endangered species in dry tropical forests, including the translocation of individuals to the Pacoche Coastal Marine Reserve of Manabi. She was a technical assistant in the study of marine policies and scientific research of Roklar-CPPS. Amanda was a researcher for the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys coriacea ) Conservation Program in the Santa Elena Peninsula Marine Reserve. Her academic and work experience has been focused on research and collaborative teamwork for the betterment of the environment.
Researcher - Ecuador
Leonardo is a graduate of Biology at the University of Guayaquil, where he was an assistant professor of genetics and evolution. He was part of the research mission BAE Orion of the National Navy of Ecuador to monitor marine biodiversity from the mainland to the Galapagos Islands, In the Ministry of Environment he giving environmental education conferences in the Abras de Mantequilla Wetlands Reserve, He completed a Master's degree in Management of Bio-Aquatic Resources and Environment, complementing courses at the Espol University of Ecuador to combat illegal unregulated fishing in the Pacific region. Leonardo is very passionate about the conservation of species in the natural environment, epidemiological surveillance and continuous improvement for the environmental zoning of niches in protected areas.
Projects Coordinator - Ecuador
Blanca received her Biology degree from the University of Guayaquil and has experience in environmental impact studies, environmental audits, environmental diagnoses, surveys, mediation of conflicts in the community, processes and implementation of occupational safety and risk systems of work. She also worked in the fishery control of shrimp packing, was a fisheries inspector along the Ecuadorian coast, and has worked in the monitoring of sea turtles in the marine reserve of the Santa Elena Peninsula. She is an educator and facilitator with passion for wildlife conservation.
Scientist - Panama
Marino has earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a Specialization in Zoology and is candidate for a Master's degree in Management of Coastal Marine Resources from the International Maritime University of Panama. He has experience in wildlife monitoring, implementation of environmental management plans, monitoring and evaluation of marine coastal resources, establishing and implementing mitigation plans, education and outreach. He has been the Representative of Panama before the Scientific Committee of the Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles (CIT) since 2009. He is currently the Coordinator of the National Program of Protection, Conservation and Research of Marine Turtles of the Ministry of Environment of Panama (MiAMBIENTE).
Social Media Manager - USA
Diego Jimenez is our social media manager. He is also the Partnerships and Content Manager for Only One, where he focuses on curating content, managing relationships and identifying opportunities for collaboration that support ocean conservation action. Diego also previously worked as a campaign coordinator for award-winning NGO Lonely Whale.
Diego draws from years of working for one of the world’s leading market intelligence firms where he was primarily tasked with cultivating collaborative innovation partnerships with clients. Diego also holds a master’s degree in biology and, throughout his studies, has focused on plastic pollution and community-based conservation. Diego is passionate about bridging the gap between the general public and science-backed initiatives that effectively address the environmental issues affecting our planet. He has shared the importance of community-based conservation through speaking engagements at the Cincinnati Zoo and Brookfield Zoo, as well as during his time as an informal educator at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium and campaign coordinator at Lonely Whale. Diego is originally from Guatemala and has spent time in both Costa Rica and Mexico supporting conservation projects alongside local communities. In his spare time Diego is a photography and drone enthusiast, writer, swimmer and scuba diver.
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