J Nichols '89 Discusses His Efforts to Save Sea Turtles with Ecologist
Posted on Jul 2nd, 2011
July 2, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "I've been into turtles since catching them as a kid, and professionally for the past twenty years," Wallace J Nichols, marine biologist and 1989 graduate of DePauw University, tells Ecologist. "The projects I'm attracted to seem to be those considered 'impossible' or 'too late'."
In a Q&A piece, Dr. Nichols notes, "A few decades ago I started studying sea turtles in Baja against the advice of my academic advisors and funders who thought that it was too late or too hard to help Baja's endangered sea turtles due to the tradition of hunting and eating them, severe bycatch levels, narco-influence and institutionalized corruption. I recently attended the 13th Annual Meeting of the GrupoTortuguero, a thriving and successful grassroots movement that has spread all over northwest Mexico. Sea turtles all around Baja are making a comeback."