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Scott Benson directing vessel toward leatherback turtle.

Scott Benson

Research Fish Biologist
Marine Mammal and Turtle Division
Marine Turtle Ecology & Assessment Program
Office: (831) 771-4154
Fax: (831) 633-0805

Scott Benson

Research Fish Biologist

Scott is the lead investigator of the California leatherback research project and coordinates studies of the distribution, abundance, movement patterns, foraging ecology, and health of leatherback turtles along the U.S. West Coast and throughout the Pacific. His research integrates bio-telemetry, aerial surveys, vessel-based sampling, and satellite remote-sensing to enhance understanding of how oceanographic processes influence the occurrence and behavior of this species, and to aid U.S. and international conservation and recovery efforts. Since 1986, Scott has been involved in ecological research and conservation of marine vertebrates in the Pacific Ocean including integrated studies of marine mammals and seabirds along the U.S. West Coast. Stationed at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, his education includes a B.A. from San Diego State University and an M.S. in Marine Science from San Jose State University.