About Us


Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network

Founded in 2008 and gaining nonprofit status in 2011, Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Network supports sea turtle scientists, early career professionals, students, and volunteers by providing professional development and learning opportunities around the southeastern United States, including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

SERSTN’s primary program is the Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting, a biennial scientific meeting that is open to professional scientists, students, and volunteers and provides an engaging and impactful opportunity to network and share the latest research in a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere.

We welcome your comments and suggestions for ways to make SERSTN an active part of the sea turtle community. Please contact Kim Sonderman at kimsonderman@serstn.org.


Our Mission

SERSTN advances sea turtle conservation by fostering a diverse community of professionals to exchange knowledge and expertise throughout the southeastern United States.


Our Vision

To create an inclusive and impactful community connected for the conservation of sea turtles.


Our Reach

We operate throughout the southeastern United States, from Virginia through Texas, as well as in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Board of Directors

Raymond Carthy (President)

Thane Wibbels (Past President)

Dean Bagley (Vice President)

Meghan Koperski (Treasurer)

Caitlin Bovery (Secretary)

Kim Sonderman (Executive Director)