Faculty of Science and Technology
Julia Horrocks


Julia Horrocks
Title: Professor of Conservation Ecology
Department: BCS
Discipline: Biology
Additional Titles: Ecology Co-ordinator Director of Barbados Sea Turtle Project.
Qualifications: B.Sc. (Reading), Ph.D. (UWI)
Contact: 246-417-4320
Teaching Areas:
Behavioural Ecology; Marine Ecology
Dr. Julia A. Horrocks earned her Ph.D. in the behaviour of green monkeys, Cercopithecus aethiops sabaeus, from UWI Cave Hill in 1985. During a post-doctoral year at McGill University (Canada), which she spent at Bellairs Research Institute in Barbados, she became interested in the biology and conservation of endangered sea turtles. She established the Barbados Sea Turtle Project in 1987, now located in the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences at UWI, and became WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) Country Coordinator for Barbados in 1988. The Barbados Sea Turtle Project has been implementing the recommendations of WIDECAST’s “Sea Turtle Recovery Action Plan for Barbados” since it was published by the UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme in 1992.

Dr. Horrocks is a consultant to Caribbean NGOs and governments, and has participated in the development of Sea Turtle Recovery Action Plans for other Caribbean states. She is Coordinator of WIDECAST’s Caribbean Marine Turtle Tagging Centre (also located at UWI), a member of WIDECAST’s Scientific Advisory Board, and a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Marine Turtle Specialist Group. She is Chair of the CITES Scientific Authority in Barbados, and a member of the Regional Steering Committee for GEF/SGP in the Eastern Caribbean. She has authored dozens of books, management and technical reports, peer-reviewed scientific articles, and popular articles. She has been honoured to receive the Governor General’s Environmental Award in 2001 for her work in conservation of biodiversity, especially sea turtles.
Dr. Horrocks was one of five 2004 recipients of a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship, the world's most prestigious award honoring and investing in applied ocean conservation science and outreach.

Ecology Co-ordinator
Director of Barbados Sea Turtle Project.
Behavioural ecology; Marine ecology

Selected Recent Publications:

Walcott, J., Eckert, S. and Horrocks, J.A. (2012). Tracking hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) during inter-nesting intervals around Barbados. Marine Biology 159: 927-938
Horrocks, J.A., Krueger, B.H., Fastigi, M., Pemberton, E. and Eckert, K.L. (2011) International movements of adult female hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata): first results from the Caribbean’s Marine Turtle Tagging Centre. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 10:18-25
Krueger, B.H., Chaloupka, M.Y., Leighton, P.A., Dunn, J.A. and Horrocks, J.A (2011).  Somatic growth rates for a hawksbill population in coral reef habitat around Barbados. Marine Ecology Progress Series 432:269-276
Horrocks, J.A., Ward, N, and Haynes-Sutton, A.M. (2011) An ecosystem approach to fisheries: linkages with sea turtles, marine mammals and seabirds. In: Fanning, L., R. Mahon and P. McConney (eds.) Marine ecosystem based management in the Caribbean, Amsterdam University Press, The Netherlands. pp 123-141.
Browne, D.C., Horrocks, J.A., and F. A. Abreu-Grobois (2010).  Population subdivision in hawksbill turtles nesting on Barbados, West Indies, determined from mitochondrial DNA control region sequences. Conservation Genetics 11: 1541 - 1546
Leighton PA, Horrocks JA & Kramer DL. (2010). Conservation and the scarecrow effect: can human activity benefit threatened species by displacing predators? Biological Conservation 143: 2156-2163.

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