Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation (Online)


Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation (Online)

A sea turtle swims above some light green coral


Sea turtles are a charismatic and ecologically important, yet imperiled, group of marine reptiles. This course introduces students to these fascinating and complex animals through lectures and class discussions. Topics include life histories, physiological adaptations to marine life, homing and navigation, nesting, ecological roles within the ecosystem, sea turtles in human culture, and conservation.


FORMAT: Activities for the 3-week online course consist of pre-recorded lectures and synchronous discussions.


  • Introduction to Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Feeding and diet
  • Nesting, migration and navigation
  • Ecological importance of sea turtles
  • Conservation and management

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT: This course has been approved for continuing education by (1) the Ecological Society of America for 4 CEUs in Category I(a): Professional Education and Training, and (2) The Wildlife Society for 24 CEUs in Category I of the Certified Wildlife Biologist® Renewal/Professional Development Certificate Program.  

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ESA CERTIFICATION: This course is approved by the Ecological Society of America for 1 semester hour of qualified coursework that can be used to meet the minimum education requirements in in biological science (ecology).