Marine Turtle Ecology and Assessment Program
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Tomo Eguchi, Ph.D. joined the sea turtle research program at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in March 2004. He has a wide variety of research experience and education. He received an M.S. from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), California State University (1998), studying diving behavior, movements, food habits, and morphology of harbor seals in the Monterey Bay area. After learning field skills at MLML, he learned theoretical and analytical ecology at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, and received a Ph.D. in ecology (2003). Along the way, he also earned an M.S. in statistics from MSU (2003). Eguchi’s dissertation was about hierarchical Bayesian analysis of mark-recapture abundance estimation, which was applied to photographic identification studies along the east coast of the US. His research interests include general ecology, conservation biology, population biology, population genetics, demography, population modeling, and statistical inference. He is also involved with quantitative analysis of movements, spatial modeling, and habitat analysis. Current projects include life-history parameter estimations for leatherback turtles, analyses of inter-nesting diving behavior and habitat use of leatherback turtles, Bayesian line-transect analyses, abundance estimations of turtles from various sources of nesting-beach survey data, development of innovative statistical analyses of archived dive data, temporal/spatial modeling of habitat, predictive modeling of interactions between protected species and fisheries, and development of quantitative management tools for marine turtles.