Natalie Wildermann

Natalie Wildermann, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - SeaGrant
Research Staff
Ph.D. Environmental Science and Management, James Cook University (2017)
M.S. Aquatic Ecology, University of Zulia (2013)
Licentiate Biology, University of Zulia (2009)

Dr. Natalie Wildermann's expertise lies in understanding the spatial and movement ecology of marine megafauna for their management and conservation. Her research the past 12 years has covered topics from artisanal and recreational fisheries and their impacts on sea turtles, to oceanographic modeling, foraging ecology and conservation GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Natalie is particularly interested in employing animal telemetry technologies to understand species distribution and behavior.

Dr. Wildermann is part of the Matagorda Bay Ecosystem Assessment team with Texas Sea Grant at Texas A&M University and is currently based at HRI.  Her work at HRI focuses on assessing the spatial distribution and behavior of sea turtles in Matagorda Bay using acoustic and satellite telemetry.

She enjoys being involved in environmental education and has experience working with indigenous and coastal communities in Venezuela, Australia and the USA. Natalie also serves as a member and Nomination Committee Co-chair of the International Sea Turtle Society and is a member of the Society for Conservation and GIS.


Selected publications:
Wildermann N., Sasso C., Stokes L., Snodgrass D., Fuentes M. M. P. B. 2019. Habitat use and behavior of multiple species of marine turtles at a foraging area in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:155. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00155.

Hays G., Bailey H., Bograd S., …, Wildermann N. E., Sequeira A. M. M. 2019. Translating marine animal tracking data into conservation policy and management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.01.009.

Wildermann N., Gredzens C., …, Fuentes M. M. P. B. (2018). Informing research priorities for immature sea turtles through expert elicitation. Endangered Species Research, 37, 55-76. doi:

Wildermann N., Sasso C., Gredzens C., Fuentes M. M. P. B. (2018). Assessing the effect of recreational scallop harvest on the distribution and behaviour of foraging marine turtles. Oryx, 1-8. doi:10.1017/S0030605318000182.