Chelonia mydas Project monitors the pollutants' impact on Brazilian sea turtles. The project began with Prof. Marcelo Renan de Deus Santos' studies on sea turtles clinical pathology during the 2000s, before IMD's foundation. With scientific advancement and an even bigger risk imposed by pollution, the project consolidated itself as a reference in contaminants and its effects on the sea turtles population's health and reproduction in Brazil.
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The project aims to map and comprehend the processes and the occurrence of sea-turtle's diseases in environments affected by men and in preserved environments, to subside conservationist actions, improve and apply environmental biomonitoring technics, and to diagnose diseases in the sea-turtle populations in Brazil.
Chelonia mydas project activities involve studies on sea-turtle's ecology, ecotoxicology, epidemiology, pathology, hematology, plasma biochemistry, and immunology.
Areas of operation: Vitória, Linhares (Regência, Povoação), Aracruz, Nova Viçosa, Praia do Forte, Arembepe.