Dr. Stephen G. Dunbar

Dr. Stephen G. Dunbar |Clyto Access

Loma Linda University, USA

Keynote Speaker

Expertise: Tropical marine ecophysiology, coral reef biodiversity and conservation, and marine invertebrate and vertebrate physiology and ecology

Biography: Professor Stephen G. Dunbar is the Graduate Biology Program Director in the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California, USA. After completing undergraduate degrees in Biology and Science Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Dunbar spent time as a secondary and adult educator in Canada, Fiji, Korea, and Australia. With a desire to increase his understanding of biology and research, Dunbar began a Master’s degree program at Central Queensland University, Australia, in 1997 and was upgraded to the PhD program the following year. Dunbar completed the PhD in 2002 and was immediately recruited to a research-teaching position at Loma Linda University (LLU). Since coming to LLU, Dunbar has carried out marine research projects in the United States, Bahamas, Fiji, and Honduras, and has advised MS and PhD students working in California, Washington State, Belize, and Honduras. As part of his sea turtle research and conservation work over the past 10 years, Dunbar established the Protective Turtle Ecology Center for Training, Outreach, and Research, Inc. (ProTECTOR, Inc.), a US-based, non-profit organization with the goal of working with local communities and organizations to understand and conserve the marine turtles of Honduras.,


Title: Emerging Technologies For Marine Species Research And Conservation


Emerging technologies in various fields of marine research are increasing and improving the ability for data collection and analysis at both local and global scales. In the area of marine turtle research and conservation, new innovations based on current and developing information technologies are rapidly expanding opportunities to collect and analyze datafaster and over larger scales than ever before. ProTECTOR, Inc. is a US-based organization focused on marine turtle research and conservation in Central America, currently using and developing both computer-based and mobile-based methods for collecting and analyzing sightings of marine turtles in Central America and around the world. To start this process, we developed a computer-based map that facilitates uploading turtle sightings photographs and metadata. This map is freely available to participating dive operators and citizen-scientists. Data mapped immediately through a web-based GIS allows us to use uploaded photographs in an automated photo-ID system. The system can automatically search hundreds of photographs and identify individual turtles. Resultsare then used to track home ranges, population dynamics, and other aspects of ecology. As an extension of this mapping system, we developed a mobile-based application that facilitates collection of similar data on a global scale.ProTECTOR Inc. is working in partnership with other agencies (WWF, TORSOOI, SWOT, and WildMe), toenable the uploading of turtle photographs and metadatainto a global database to increase citizen-science participation, data collection and analysis, andbuilda global database of marine turtle photographs and metadata. This database will facilitate discovering new aspects of turtle ecology on a global scale.


Related Conferences :

Marine Science Research and Technology Conference