2018 Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting
12-16 February 2018 – Myrtle Beach, SC

Swimming on a Changing Tide

Make plans to join sea turtle researchers, academics, volunteers and
conservationists traveling from Virginia to Texas to attend the
4th Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting!


Meeting in a snapshot . . .

Our Keynote Speaker will kick off two full session days featuring special sessions on Changing Climate, Sustainable Beaches, and Science that Supports Conservation and Recovery.

David Helvarg, Executive Director of Blue Frontier, is an award-winning journalist and passionate advocate for ocean conservation as well as the author of six books. David has worked as a war correspondent in Northern Ireland and Central America, covered a range of issues from military science to the AIDS epidemic and reported from every continent including Antarctica.

New Workshop just added!

Interested in learning about the use of scent detection dogs to conduct both sea turtle nest and gopher tortoise census surveys?

Come meet Dory at SERSTM’s Detection Dogs for Conservation Workshop and learn about her job during our Public Open House on Wednesday, February 14th.

SYou need this: Shag dance lessons with some great music! Originating in the late 1930’s on the shores of Myrtle Beach, Shag has gained such a following that it is now the Official State Dance of South Carolina. Join us for the meeting and then top it off by learning to Shag. As one old-timer describes it, “Shag is a warm night with a cold beer and a hot date.

SERSTM Exhibitors/Vendors will be set up and ready to sell, share, and educate. The Silent Auction will be in full swing with unique items waiting for your bids. Feel free to donate, bid, and peruse to your heart’s content.

A highlight of the Public Open House will include a book signing with South Carolina resident and New York Times bestselling author, Mary Alice Monroe.  Her novel A Lowcountry Christmas won a 2017 Southern Book Prize in fiction, awarded by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA).  The Beach House will be adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame Movie, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell and premiering exclusively on the network in 2018.  Mary Alice serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Literacy Volunteers.  She is an active conservationist with a special passion for sea turtles..


Show your love for sea turtles by joining us for the 2018 Southeast Regional Sea Turtle Meeting.