Conservation Biology Marine Science Marine Turtle Mark-Recapture Migratory Species Monitoring Satellite Telemetry Stable Isotopes


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Profile

My research interests are centred in life history evolution and conservation biology of vertebrates, with specific interests in how fluctuating environments can influence population dynamics.  The approach has two components - (1) development of testable predictions based on life history models, and (2) testing of the predictions with field-collected data by application of modern mathematical and statistical methods.  To fulfil these objectives, I maintain active interests in many research domains, including: conservation ecology, wildlife management, evolutionary ecology, foraging behaviour, resource partitioning, allometry of growth and reproduction, stage-structured population models, bio-chronology, quantitative methods in ecology, life history theory, population viability analysis, meta-analysis, risk analysis, advances in mark-recapture methodology, migratory species, long-term population dynamics, integrated catchment management, invasive species, stable isotope analysis, satellite telemetry, and adaptive management.


Expertise

Active involvement in sea turtle research since 1979.  Research or consulting projects on loggerhead turtles in Georgia, Florida, Australia, and Oman; leatherback turtles in Puerto Rico and French Guiana; hawksbill turtles in Puerto Rico, Haiti, and Australia; olive ridley turtles in Costa Rica, French Guiana, and India; Kemp’s ridleys in Florida; green turtles in Puerto Rico, Australia, and Malaysia; flatback turtles in Australia.  Member: IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, International Sea Turtle Society, former Florida Marine Turtle Permit Holder.


Brief CV

ACADEMIC      

2013          Adjunct Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory

2003          Courtesy Associate Professor, Univ. Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Dept.

2001          Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State Univ., College of Natural Resources

2000          Adjunct Research Fellow, University of Canberra, Institute for Applied Ecology

1997          Ph.D. Zoology, Univ. Queensland                     

1989          M.S. Zoology, Univ. Georgia

1979          B.S. Biology, Georgia Southern College (Biological Oceanography)

 

Professional Positions

2013-17     Senior Research Scientist, Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife. 

2012-13      Senior Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida

2005-11      Program Manager, Sea Turtle Conservation and Research, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida

2003-11      Staff Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida

2002          Research Officer, Environmental Statistics, Distance Learning Courses, Univ. Canberra

2001          Biologist, US Geological Survey, Brown Treesnake Research and Control, Guam

1999          Consultant - Freshwater Ecology, Queensland Department of Natural Resources

1997-00      Senior Conservation Officer, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

1992-97      Research Scholarship, Departmental Tutor - Univ. Queensland

1991-92      Research Biologist, Queensland Dept. of Environment and Heritage

1989-91      Research Technician, Univ. Georgia, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

1987-89      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Univ. Georgia

1985-87      Wildlife Technician, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Culebra Wildlife Refuge, Puerto Rico

1984          Marine Biologist, Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico

1982-83      Field Research Staff, National Audubon Society, Little Cumberland Island, Georgia

1981-84      Research Technician, Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Univ. Georgia

1980-81      Environmental Educator / Carpenter, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Georgia

1979-81      Field Research Staff, Youth Conservation Corps, Georgia Dept. Natural Resources

1979-80      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia Southern College.


Projects

Western Australia Marine Science Institution- Marine Turtle Node

Northwest Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Plan


Publications (61)

Departmental Publications (22)

Found 22 items

2016

Fitzsimmons NN, Featherstone P, Tucker AD (2016). Comparative dietary ecology of turtles (Chelodina burrungandjii and Emydura victoriae) across the Kimberley Plateau, Western Australia, prior to the arrival of cane toads. Marine and Freshwater Research 67, pp. 1611–1624

Gallaway BJ, Gazey WJ, Caillouet CW, Plotkin PT, Abreu Grobois FA, Amos AF et al. [Tucker AD] (2016). Development of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle stock assessment model. Gulf of Mexico Science 33, pp. 138–157

Vander Zanden HB, Bolten AB, Tucker AD, Hart KM, Lamont MM, Fujisaki I et al. (2016). Biomarkers reveal sea turtles remained in oiled areas following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ecological Applications 26, pp. 2145–2155

2015

Casale P, Riskas K, Tucker AD, Hamann, M (2015). Caretta caretta (south east Indian Ocean subpopulation), loggerhead turtle: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. IUCN, Gland. 14 p.

Casale P, Tucker AD (2015). Caretta caretta, loggerhead turtle: the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. IUCN, Gland. 27 p.

Ceriani SA, Roth JD, Tucker AD, Evans DR, Addison DS, Sasso SR et al. (2015). Carry-over effects and foraging ground dynamics of a major loggerhead breeding aggregation. Marine Biology 162, pp. 1955–1968

Koeyers A, Koeyers J, Tucker AD (2015). Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) predation. Herpetological Review 46, p. 240

Monsinjon J, Tucker T, Jribi I, Fernandez Y, Hamza A, Ouerghi A et al. (2015). Evolution and constraint of thermal reaction norms for embryonic growth rate in 3 populations of Caretta caretta from thermally contrasted environments (ABSTRACT). In 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Dalaman, Sarigerme, Dalyan (Ortaca), Mugla, Türkiye, 18-24 April 2015: Book of Abstracts p. 3

Perrault JR, Schmid JR, Walsh CJ, Yordy JE, Tucker AD (2015). Brevetoxin exposure, superoxide dismutase activity and plasma protein electrophoretic profiles in wild-caught Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in southwest Florida (ABSTRACT). In The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology with the Animal Behaviour Society, American Microscopical Society, the Crustacean Society: Abstract Book: Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, 3-7 January 2015 Conference Organising Committee, West Palm Beach. p. 250

Servis JA, Lovewell G, Tucker AD (2015). Diet analysis of subadult Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles from west-central Florida. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14, pp. 173–181

Tiwari M, Willson A, Baldwin R, al Kiyumi A, al Harthi S, al Balushi A et al. [Tucker T] (2015). Spatial analysis of satellite tracking data acquired from female loggerhead turtles nesting at Masirah Island, Sultanate of Oman (ABSTRACT). In 35th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation: Dalaman, Sarigerme, Dalyan (Ortaca), Mugla, Türkiye, 18-24 April 2015: Book of Abstracts p. 141

Tucker T, Whiting S, Mitchell N, Berry O, FitzSimmons N, Pendoley K (2015). The Kimberley Marine Turtle Project under the Western Australian Marine Sciences Institution (WAMSI). In Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. pp. 79–81

Vander Zanden HB, Tucker AD, Hart KM, Lamont MM, Fujisaki I, Addison DS et al. (2015). Determining origin in a migratory marine vertebrate: a novel method to integrate stable isotopes and satellite tracking. Ecological Applications 25, pp. 320–335

Whiting S, Tucker T (2015). Planning for the future: constraints and opportunities for long-term monitoring of marine turtles in Western Australia. In Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. pp. 88–90

Whiting S, Tucker T, Mitchell N, Berry O, FitzSimmons N, Pendoley K (2015). Marine turtles of the Kimberley: WAMSI Project 1.2.2 (ABSTRACT). In 2015 WAMSI Research Conference: Proceedings, Perth, Western Australia, 30 March-1 April 2015 p. 64

Whiting SD, Tucker A (comps) (2015). Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014. Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. 102 p.

Young E, Whiting S, Tucker T, Bobojcov A, Williams C, Badal A et al. (2015). Eighty Mile Beach turtle monitoring program: past, present and future. In Proceedings of the Second Australian and Second Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposia: Perth, 25-27 August 2014 Department of Parks and Wildlife, Kensington, WA. pp. 94–95

2014

Hardy RF, Tucker AD, Foley AM, Schroeder BA, Giove RJ, Meylan AB (2014). Spatiotemporal occurrence of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on the west Florida Shelf and apparent overlap with a commercial fishery. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71, pp. 1924–1933

Perrault JR, Schmid JR, Walsh CJ, Yordy JE, Tucker AD (2014). Brevetoxin exposure, superoxide dismutase activity and plasma protein electrophoretic profiles in wild-caught Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in southwest Florida. Harmful Algae 37, pp. 194–202

Tucker AD, MacDonald BD, Seminoff JA (2014). Foraging site fidelity and stable isotope values of loggerhead turtles tracked in the Gulf of Mexico and northwest Caribbean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 502, pp. 267–279

Vander Zanden HB, Tucker AD, Bolten AB, Reich KJ, Bjorndal KA (2014). Stable isotopic comparison between loggerhead sea turtle tissues. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 28, pp. 2059–2064

2013

Tucker T, Whiting S, Corey B (2013). FAQ: Cape Domett flatback turtle rookery: monitoring in 2013 (POSTER).

Additional Publications (39)

(“In press” and draft publications, or those published while employed elsewhere.)

2013

Epperley, S. P., A. Nunes, H. Zwartepoorte, L. Byrd, M. Koperski, L. Stokes, M. Braganca, A.D. Tucker, and C. R. Sasso.  2013. The repatriation of a Kemp’s ridley from the Eastern Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico.  Marine Turtle Newsletter 136: 1-2. 

Borgwardt C., T. Tucker, and K. Mazzarella. 2013.  Meeresschildkröten als Opfer der Strandbeleuchtung.  Pp.138-155  in T. Posch, Franz Hölker, T. Uhlmann, A. Freyhoff, (eds). Das Ende der Nacht: Lichtsmog: Gefahren - Perspektiven - Lösungen  J. Wiley (2nd edition). 

Reed, RN, TM Luhring, and AD Tucker. 2013. Determination of age, sex, and reproductive condition. Pp. 219-228 in Graeter, G. J., K. A. Buhlmann, L. R. Wilkinson, and J. W. Gibbons (Eds.) Inventory and Monitoring: Recommended Techniques for Reptiles and Amphibians, with application to the United States and Canada. Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Technical Publication IM-1, Birmingham, Alabama.

Tucker, T., Belskis, L., Panagopoulou, A., Rees, A., Frick, M., Williams, K., LeRoux, R., and Stewart, K. (compilers).  2013.  Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-645:  263 pp.

Tucker AD, N FitzSimmons, and P Featherstone. 2013. Freshwater turtles of the Kimberley Plateau, Western Australia: baseline studies 1999-2012 prior to cane toads.  Terrapin, Tortoise, and Freshwater Turtle Sessions, 33rd Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.

Tucker. A. D., K. Mazzarella, S. Hirsch, K. Klingensmith, W. Katz, Z. Bass, C. Leonard, K. Ferenc-Nelson, J. Foote, G. Tatge, J. Grimes, H. Berna, M. Osterhoudt, K. Heuberger, K. Leonard, C. Steed and J. Rogers.  2013.  Is a major Florida loggerhead rookery in the Gulf of Mexico experiencing decadal population oscillations?  Proc. 33rd Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  NOAA Tech. Mem NMFS-SEFSC-645: 244.

Tucker. A. D., Robert Baldwin, Andrew Willson, Ali Al-Kiyumi, Barbara Schroeder, Earl Possardt, and Blair Witherington. 2013.  Preliminary estimates for loggerhead clutch frequency from Masirah, Oman derived from satellite tracking. Proc. 33rd Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  NOAA Tech. Mem NMFS-SEFSC-645: 243.

Schmid, J., A. D. Tucker, B. MacDonald, and J. A. Seminoff. 2013.  Trophic ecology of Kemp’s ridley turtles in the Charlotte Harbor Estuary, Florida.  Proc. 33rd Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  NOAA Tech. Mem NMFS-SEFSC-645: 158-159.

Wilson, M., A. D. Tucker, and D. Mann. 2013. Does a tropical storm affect the internesting behavior of loggerhead sea turtles? Proc. 33rd Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  NOAA Tech. Mem NMFS-SEFSC-645: 165.

Bretos Trelles, F., J. Azanza Ricardo, and A. D. Tucker.  2013.  Fifteen years of research on green turtles at Guanahacabibes Peninsula: a retrospective of community based turtle conservation and research in Western Cuba.  Proc. 33rd Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  NOAA Tech. Mem NMFS-SEFSC-645: 171-172.

Tucker T and J Schmid.  2013.  Charlotte Harbor in-water studies answer new ridley riddles.  Florida Environmental Outreach 4(3): 3-4,15-16

2014

Tucker AD, MacDonald BD, Seminoff JA. 2014. Foraging site fidelity and stable isotope values of loggerhead turtles tracked in the Gulf of Mexico and Northwest Caribbean.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 502: 267-279.

Schmid JR  And AD Tucker. 2014. Behavior of Kemp’s ridley turtles during Southwest Florida red tide events.  Charlotte Harbor Watershed Summit 2014

2013

Tucker T, Whiting S, Corey B. 2013. FAQ:  Cape Domett Flatback Turtle Rookery.  Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife, Science Division Conservation Library: C19317

2014

Perrault JR,  Schmid JR, Walsh CJ, Yordy JE, Tucker AD.  Brevetoxin exposure, superoxide dismutase activity and plasma protein electrophoretic profiles in wild-caught Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in southwest Florida.  Harmful Algae 37: 194-202.

Vander Zanden HB, Tucker AD, Bolten AB, Reich KJ, Bjorndal KA. 2014.  Stable isotopic comparison between loggerhead sea turtle tissues. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 28: 2059-2064.

Hardy RF, Tucker AD, Foley AM, Schroeder BA, Giove RJ, Meylan AB.  2014.  Spatiotemporal occurrence of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) on the West Florida Shelf and apparent overlap with a commercial fishery. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71: 1924-1933.

2015

Vander Zanden HB, Tucker AD, Hart KM, Lamont MM, Fujisaki I, Addison DS, Mansfield KL, Phillips KF, Wunder MB, Bowen GJ, Pajuelo M, Bolten AB, Bjorndal KA. 2015.  Determining origin in a migratory marine vertebrate: a novel method to integrate stable isotopes and satellite tracking.  Ecological Applications 25: 320-335.

Young E, S Whiting, T Tucker, A Bobojcov, C Williams, A Badal, and Karajarri Ranger Group.  2015. Eighty Mile Beach Turtle Monitoring Program: past, present and future. 2nd Australian Sea Turtle Symposium, pp. 94-95.

Tucker T, S Whiting, K Pendoley, N Mitchell, O Berry, and N FitzSimmons. 2015. The WAMSI turtle project in the Kimberley.  2nd Australian Sea Turtle Symposium, pp. 79-81

Whiting S, and Tucker A. (compilers)  2015.  Proceedings of the 2nd Australian and 2nd Western Australian Marine Turtle Symposium. Science Division, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Perth, Western Australia. 104 pp. http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/images/conservation-management/marine/20150211_proceedingswa_turtlesymposium14_finweb_2.pdf

Tiwari M, A Willson, R Baldwin, A al Kiyumi, S al Harthi, A al Balushi, B Schroeder, T Tucker, B Witherington and E Possardt. 2015. Spatial analysis of satellite tracking data acquired from female loggerhead turtles nesting at Masirah Island, Sultanate of Oman.  Proc. 35th Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  p 141.

Monsinjon J, T Tucker, I Jribi, Y Fernandez, A Hamza, A Ouerghi, Y Kaska and M Girondot. 2015. Evolution and constraint of thermal reaction norms for embryonic growth rate in 3 populations of Caretta caretta from thermally contrasted environments. Proc. 35th Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation.  p 3.

 Whiting S, T Tucker, N Mitchell, O Berry, and N FitzSimmons, and K Pendoley. 2015. Marine Turtles of the Kimberley- WAMSI Project 1.2.2.  Proceedings of the 2015 WAMSI Research Conference, p. 64.

Perrault JR, Schmid JR, Walsh CJ, Yordy JE, Tucker AD 2015. Brevetoxin exposure, superoxide dismutase activity and plasma protein electrophoretic profiles in wild-caught Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) in southwest Florida. In Abstracts, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2015 Annual Meeting, January 3-7, 2015, West Palm Beach, FL p. 250.

Koeyers A, J Koeyers, and AD Tucker.  2015.  Chelonia mydas.  Predation.  Herpetological Review 46 (2): 240

2016

FitzSimmons N, P Featherstone, AD Tucker. 2016.  Comparative dietary ecology of turtles (Chelodina burrungandjii and Emydura victoriae) across the Kimberley Plateau, Western Australia prior to the arrival of cane toads.  Marine and Freshwater Research  67: 1611-1624

2015

Ceriani, SA, JD Roth, AD Tucker, DR Evans, DS Addison, SR Sasso, LM Ehrhart, and JF Weishampel.  2015.  Carry-over effects and foraging ground dynamics of a major loggerhead breeding aggregation.  Marine Biology 162: 1955-1968.   DOI:10.1007/s00227-015-2721-x

Servis JA, G Lovewell, and AD Tucker.  2015. Diet analysis of subadult Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) turtles from West-Central Florida.  Chelonian Conservation and Biology  14(2): 173-181

Casale, P., and A.D. Tucker.  2015.  IUCN Red List Assessment of Threatened Species. Caretta caretta (Loggerhead turtle)  global assessment. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/3897/0 

Casale, P., K. Riskas, A.D. Tucker, and M.J. Hamann. 2015.  Caretta caretta (South East Indian Ocean subpopulation) http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/84189617/0

2016

Benny J. Gallaway, William J. Gazey, Charles W. Caillouet, Jr., Pamela T. Plotkin, F. Alberto Abreu Grobois, Anthony F. Amos, Patrick M. Burchfield, Ray R. Carthy, Marco  A. Castro Martínez, John G. Cole, Andrew T. Coleman, Melissa Cook, Steven DiMarco, Sheryan P. Epperly, Masami Fujiwara, Daniel Gomez Gamez, Gary L. Graham, Wade L. Griffin, Francisco Illescas Martínez, Margaret M. Lamont, Rebecca L. Lewison, Kenneth J. Lohmann, James M. Nance, Jonathan Pitchford, Nathan F. Putman, Scott W. Raborn, Jeffrey K. Rester, Jack J. Rudloe, Laura Sarti Martínez, Mark Schexnayder, Jeffrey R. Schmid, Donna J. Shaver, Christopher Slay, Anton D. Tucker,  Mandy Tumlin, Thane Wibbels and Blanca M. Zapata Najera. 2016. Development of a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle stock assessment model.  Gulf of Mexico Science 2016(2): 138-157

Vander Zanden , HB., AB Bolten, AD Tucker, KM Hart, MM Lamont, I Fujisaki, DS. Addison, KL Mansfield, KF Phillips, M  Pajuelo, KA Bjorndal.   2016.  Biomarkers reveal sea turtles remained in oiled areas following Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Ecological Applications 26(7): 2145-2155.

Vanderklift M, Pillans R, Tucker T, Whiting S, Revill A.  2016. Using stable isotopes to investigate ecology of sharks and turtles:  what can evidence from multiple tissues tell us?  IsoEcol 2016, Tokyo, Japan.

Jonathan Monsinjon, Tony Tucker, Yvette Fernandez, Abdulmaula Hamza, Atef Ouerghi, Yakup Kaska, Anne Marie LeBlanc, Kristina Williams, David Rostal, Marc Girondot. Past Primary sex-ratio estimates of 4 populations of loggerhead sea turtle based on TSP durations. Proc. 36th Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Lima, Peru. p. 38

Wyneken J, M Salmon, M Hamann, A Tucker, and S. Whiting.  2016.  Successful and unsuccessful adhesives for use on neonate flatback turtles (Natator depressus): what works and doesn’t work on the “Teflon turtles”.  Proc. 36th Annual Symp. Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Lima, Peru. p. 50.

Layton J, Wibbels T, Ehrhart L, Wyneken J, Carthy R, and Tucker T.  2016.  Sand characteristics, beach temperatures, and loggerhead sex ratios on Florida beaches.  2016 Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting.

In Press

Tucker, A.D. , R. L. Burke, and D. C. Tulipani.  2017. Chapter 11.  Foraging Ecology and Habitat Choice.  pp. Xxx-xxx. In W.M. Roosenburg and V.S. Kennedy (eds.) The Ecology and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin.  Johns Hopkins University Press.

2017

Tucker AD, R. Johnstone, R. Loyn, t. Vinnicombe, B. Newman, H. Newman H, H. Veal, B. Bentley, and D. Williams.  2017.  Invasive Eurasian tree sparrows (Passer montanus) on Troughton Island in the North Kimberley of Western Australia: a cyclone-induced colonisation attempt?  Australian Field Ornithology 34: 67-70.