Thomas Dellinger

Country: Portugal

Occupation: Associate Professor, University of Madeira

Specialty: Pelagic sea turtle behaviour and ecology

Best part about my job: Being out in the field and understanding pelagic ecology

Biggest challenges I face: Technical and logistical problems related to working in a high-seas environment. Dividing time between the field and my other duties as faculty staff.

The most unusual or exciting thing that’s happened to me while working in the field: Seeing rare oceanic species from up close, like a jumping sperm whale or a moon fish. Finding in the open ocean our small buoy with all our data from turtle tracking despite bad weather.

Why I like being a member of the MTSG: Because defending turtles matters and this group is a means to do so.

Turtle researcher / conservationist I most admire: Leo Brongersma, Archie Carr in historical perspective.

When I’m not working on turtles I like to: Photograph wildlife and mainly be with my family

Ten years from now, I hope I will be doing: Just the same with different questions behind it and more powerful equipment.

Relevant links to find out more about me and my work: www.uma.pt/Investigacao/Tartaruga/body_index.html – [Note: This link will be updated during the current year]