Science in the S.E.A.A.: Marine turtles in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia by Mark Hamann

The second instalment of Science in the S.E.A.A. – our speaker series with James Cook University Singapore – will feature leading international marine turtle expert Associate Professor Mark Hamann.

Associate Professor Mark Hamann is the Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group and a member of the Science Advisory Panel for IOSEA turtle MoU (

Mark received his PhD from The University of Queensland and worked on marine turtle conservation projects in Vietnam and Malaysia before moving to James Cook University where he is currently an Associate Professor.

For 25 years, he has been researching marine turtles and has published extensively in the scientific literature on biology, ecology, and conservation of marine turtles and other marine wildlife.

His expertise on marine turtles has been recognized by his appointment as the Co-Vice Chair of the IUCN’s Marine Turtle Specialist Group for Southeast Asia and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian MoU to protect marine turtles and their habitats.

His current research work focuses on two main areas – understanding the behavior of turtles in relation to human induced pressures and examining the degree to which they are impacted by threats such as climate change, light pollution, fishing and marine plastic pollution.

Hawksbill Turtle
A hawksbill turtle

The Southeast Asian region has six of the world’s marine turtle species and each of them face different challenges in a changing world. Two species – the green and hawksbill turtle are widespread, and their movements connect habitats and the people that use them.

At Science in the S.E.A.A. 2, Associate Professor Mark Hamann will talk about the current biology status of marine turtles in Southeast Asia – highlighting the successes and challenges for the future and the role of new technology plays in improving our understanding of biology and in aiding conservation initiatives.

He will also describe some of the recent conservation initiatives and highlight research being carried out by James Cook University researchers at the forefront of efforts to improve the conservation status of marine turtles.

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