Graduate Student UNC - Department of Biology
When summer rolls around, most people begin to look forward to lounging at the pool, trips to the lake or the beach, and fireworks on July 4th. But while you’re sipping piña coladas poolside, I’m keeping the schedule of a vampire. Every summer I become nocturnal, meaning my sleeping hours become reversed: I stay up until the early hours of dawn and sleep from sunrise until 3 in the afternoon. It sounds crazy, right? However, if you’re researching sea turtles, it’s a little bit of a must. In most of the U.S. April through October mark loggerhead sea turtle nesting season. Female sea turtles nest at night, and when it comes time for the nests to hatch, well, they also hatch at night.