Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce details of our two Keynote Speakers for ISTS41:

Hector Barrios-Garrido - Evolution of sea turtle community-based conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean

Hector is a biologist and marine turtle expert (with 25 years of experience). He is interested in identifying and evaluating the challenges and impacts of anthropogenic pressures on threatened marine megafauna species, and the potential mechanisms to reduce these impacts. Hector’s main interests lie within the broad field of Marine Conservation; with special emphasis in informing environmental decisions and to improve our understanding of the interactions among aquatic species, their habitats, and human societies. Hector had applied multidisciplinary approaches, ranging from advanced fishery assessments (multiple species) to human dimensions of wildlife, and socio-economic drives that affect conservation status of threatened species. He participated in the formation of a NGO in Venezuela to increase the awareness of the marine turtle situation in the Gulf of Venezuela among Wayuu Indigenous communities, and now he is considered as part of their families.

Brad Nahill - Fundraising for Sea Turtle Conservation: Ideas, Advice, & Opportunities

Brad is the Co-Founder & President of SEE Turtles, which has worked to support conservation efforts around the world since 2008. Brad is the editor and lead writer of Sea Turtle Research and Conservation: Lessons From The Field by Elsevier Press (2020) and a co-author of the Worldwide Travel Guide to Sea Turtles (2014). He is a National Geographic Explorer, was awarded the President’s Award for his work as the chair of the Awards Committee of the International Sea Turtle Society. Brad has a BS in Environmental Economics from Penn State University and has taught ecotourism at Mount Hood Community College. SEE Turtles has received the prestigious Changemakers Award from the World Travel and Tourism Council in 2019 and the Skal Sustainable Travel Award and was recently a finalist in the Go Blue Awards from the Loggerhead Marine Life Center.