Depto. de Ciencias Básicas y Ambientales
Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
Ave. de los Proceres, Gala
Location: Jaragua National Park
Objectives: In the spring of 1996, out of the initiative of Carlos Diez and Robert van Dam (from the Mona Island Hawksbill Research Project) and in coordination with the Dominican NGO Grupo Jaragua, we started conducting in-the-water surveys in the area of Jaragua National Park, in the Dominican Southwest coast. Soon, we identified A number of hawksbill foraging habitats and started an intensive hawksbill tagging and monitoring study. The Dominican Republic Hawksbill project is one of the few multi-year projects conducting foraging area research for this species in the region. In addition, the high density of hawksbills found in the Dominican study area has offered a unique opportunity to study a relatively large number of individuals.
Contact Info: Yolanda Leon:
León, Y.M. and J.M. Mota, 2003. A Caribbean juvenile hawksbill aggregation: Lessons from a six-year study. Proceedings of the 22th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium. U.S. Dep. Commer. NOAA Tech Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-415. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
León, Y.M. and K.A. Bjorndal, 2002. Selective feeding in the hawksbill turtle, an important predator in coral reef ecosystems (Marine Ecology Progress Series; 2002, v. 245, p. 249-258)
León, Y.M. and C.E. Diez, 2002. Diet selection by immature turtles at two sites in southwestern Dominican Republic (Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-477. 369 pp.; 2002, p. 71-72)
León, Y.M. and C.E. Diez, 2000. Ecology and population biology of hawksbill turtles at a Caribbean feeding ground (Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Sea Turtle Symposium. U.S. Dept. of Commerce. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-436, 293 pp.; 2000, p. 32-33)
León, Y.M. 2000. In-water CPUE estimates for hawksbills in the Dominican Republic. In: Bjorndal, K. A. & A. B. Bolten (eds). Proceedings of a Workshop on Assessing Abundance and Trends for In-water Sea Turtle Populations. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-445: p. 25-26.
León Y.M. 2000. Selective feeding in the hawksbill turtle: an important predator in coral reefs. MS Thesis. University of Florida, Gainesville
León, Y.M. and C.E. Diez, 1999. Population structure of hawksbill turtles on a foraging ground in the Dominican Republic (Chelonian Conservation and Biology; 1999, v. 3, no. 2, p. 230-236)
León, Y.M. and C.E. Diez, 1998. In-the-water studies for hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) at Parque Nacional Jaragua, Dominican Republic (Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Sea Turtle Symposium. U.S. Dep. Commer. NOAA Tech Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-415. 294 pp.; 1998, p. 217)
León, Y.M. and J. M. Mota, 1997. Aspects on the ecology and population structure of the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic. Undergraduate Thesis, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo.
Tomás J., & León, Y.M. (2007) 2006 Annual Report Parque Nacional Aragua
Tomás J., & León, Y.M. (2008) 2007 Annual Report Parque Nacional Jaragua