Alexander Gaos, a PhD Candidate in the Lewison Lab, recently helped spearhead research into a previously undiscovered hawksbill sea turtle hotspot in the Choco region of Colombia. During the short expedition, the research team, which in addition to San Diego State, included such organizations the World Wildlife Fund, the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative, CIMAD and Colombian National Parks, located 11 hawksbills inhabiting a pristine coral reef in the waters of Utria National Park. Gaos' current Doctoral research seeks to understand connectivity between this and other hawksbill populations in neighboring countries using genetic tools. Read more about the recent expedition to Colombia HERE. Learn more about the events leading up to this discovery and Alexander's work as highlighted in San Diego's Newspaper UT San Diego or by visiting our Research page.