Dr Jesús Tomás
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Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
Dr Jesus Tomas
I am a biologist specialising in Zoology. Since I was a student I have been involved in research on marine vertebrates, particularly cetaceans and sea turtles, at the Marine Zoology Unit of the Cavanilles Institute (University of Valencia, Spain). I have much to thank sea turtles for teaching me a lot about marine ecology and conservation in different countries and seas. Now I’m working at the School of Biosciences thanks to a Marie Curie Fellowship and my main research is about reproduction biology and conservation of sea turtles in the Dominican Republic.
1995 BSc (University of Valencia, Spain)
1997 MSc (University of Valencia, Spain)
2004 PhD (University of Valencia, Spain)
A turtle makes its way to the sea
Approximately the 99% of my work in the Marine Zoology Unit of the ICBiBE, University of Valencia has focused on Conservation Biology of marine turtles and cetaceans, with some additional collaboration in studies on parasites and epibionts of marine vertebrates including fish. I did my Master Thesis on feeding in loggerhead sea turtle from Western Mediterranean waters. But in 1996 I started to focus my research on the Reproductive Biology of Sea Turtles. I conducted studies on nesting ecology of four sea turtle species (green sea turtle, leatherbacks, olive ridleys and hawksbills) in the south of Bioko Island (Equatorial Guinea). This work formed part of a greater conservation project (“Proyecto de Conservación y Ecodesarrollo del Sur de la isla de Bioko”, funded by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency). This research resulted in my PhD. Since 2006 the focus of my research has been the nesting ecology and conservation of sea turtles in Dominican Republic and this is what I will carry out during my Marie Curie Fellowship.