Upwell examines the behaviors and movements of turtles at all life history stages, analyzing usage of internesting, nursery, foraging and migration habitats in the context of environmental drivers and human threats. Our research findings provide the data needed to establish marine protected areas and transboundary conservation corridors to protect hatchling, juvenile and adult turtles in coastal and offshore habitats.

Collaborative, data-driven approaches to reduce threats at sea yield the best results for sea turtle conservation.


We tag and track turtles at various life history stages to generate new data to fill gaps. Citizen scientists and fishing vessels also provide Upwell with data on sea turtle species they observe, their locations, behaviors and environmental conditions at the time the observations are recorded.



We examine the data, looking for specific patterns in sea turtle movements and distribution as well as wider trends in population structure and health. Upwell scientists also use the data to examine environmental and climatological conditions and how they influence sea turtle behavior and movements.


Photo Credit: Stephen Frink


We model high-use areas and foraging habitats, factoring in shifting oceanic conditions like those associated with climate change, to predict sea turtle distribution and abundance. Working with partners around the globe, Upwell deploys cutting-edge scientific models to inform dynamic fisheries management and transboundary conservation efforts to improve protections for endangered populations of marine turtles worldwide. 

Photo Credit: Stephen Frink