Stefan Moss, a young Bahamian scientist is about to publish a groundbreaking study on freshwater turtles in leading international journal science journal Chemosphere, which focuses on research, new discoveries, and developments in the field of environmental science.
Moss says that he did not plan to publish his work when he started to research, stating that “As an environmental scientist, I was more focused on figuring out what chemicals were in the river and their affects on the environment, and possibly human health. Instead, it seems I uncovered – and documented— a lot of valuable information in the field of herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians.”
Moss, who double-majored in Chemistry and Biology, plans to apply his studies on the Tennessee River turtles to the endangered freshwater turtles in his native Bahamas, particularly on the islands of Inagua, Cat Island, and Eleuthera. About the Bahamas and environmental awareness, Moss explains that “Bahamians need to become more environmentally conscious and continue their efforts of encouraging students to take up science careers. I am confident that if we get creative and think beyond the norm, we can offer exciting opportunities to our own scientists and those visiting our nation. There is still a whole lot we don’t know about our country in terms of science and I hope to come back home and help contribute to eradicating the brain drain we so frequently hear about. We must come together, and pool our talents into making The Bahamas a model country as it relates to science.”
Photo of a Bimini freshwater turtle from http://www.biminisands.com/bahamas/things-to-do/freshwater-turtle.htm