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TU’s next Science Café to discuss effects of oil spill on terrapin population

The next installment of Thomas University’s popular Science Café will focus on how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted terrapins. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 26.

Bill Turner has been a member of Florida State University’s Office of Science Teaching Activities since 2013, where he runs the Sea-to-See program and Saturday-at-the-Sea day camps. For the Science Café, he’ll present “How Nerdas on Deepwater Horizon Helped Us Study the Largest Known Ornate Diamondback Terrapin Population.”

Turner received his master’s degree in zoology from the University of South Alabama, where he worked with the Alabama Red-bellied turtle. In 2003 he joined the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as its first full-time herpetologist and helped design a herpetological conservation program. In 2007 Turner joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before moving to his current position in 2013.

Each Science Café begins with a reception with the speaker in the lobby of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom. There is no admission charge, and the public is welcome.

For more information, contact April D. Penton at

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