This year was the 31st year of the Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program! It is one of the longest-term research, monitoring, and conservation programs for sea turtle conservation.


Please join us Thursday December 6th, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Guinea Company Warehouse as members of the 2018 Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program (BISTRP) present an overview of the season, and some preliminary results and the emerging trends from this year’s nesting season and their implications. They will also talk about some of their focused research.



Clayton Pollock, NPS Biologist will lead the discussion. Clayton Pollock is a Biologist with the National Park Service at BUIS/SARI/CHRI on St. Croix, USVI. He is the NPS technical lead for a variety of programs including the Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program (BISTRP). He received his B.S. from Eastern Connecticut State University and his Master of Marine and Environmental Science degree from the University of the Virgin Islands in 2011 while concurrently working as a Biological Science Technician at the park. Clayton has humble beginnings with the park. In 2008, he began working with the park as a Research Assistant for the Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program and worked to help NPS staff publish a short article about rare loggerhead nesting on BUIS. He returned to St. Croix in 2010 to work with the NPS again before conducting independent research at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. During graduate school, he conducted his thesis entitled, “Relative Abundance and Distribution of Sea Turtles at Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix” and gained valuable experience working inside unfrequented locations within the park. In addition to working for the NPS, Clayton enjoys volunteering with local science stewardship programs and is an enthusiastic fisherman and diver.  Clayton currently resides on St. Croix and can be contacted at
Natalie Monnier will also discuss her extended role with NPS as an education and outreach liaison. More about Natalie
Jessica Stuczynski, a Masters student with the University of Miami, will be presenting her research into the relationship between migration distance and nesting productivity for the nesting turtle population at Buck Island. More about Jess
Max Afshar, a Masters student with the University of the Virgin Islands who has been investigating the relationship between nest location and nesting temperature within sea turtle nests, will be discussing the implications of his thesis research and sharing some of his initial results. More about Max Afshar
We look forward to sharing this season’s summary with the audience as well as discussing ways that students and volunteers can get involved with the many opportunities with the National Park Service.