CCT-US Partners with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to Fund Chagos Turtle Research

We are excited to forge a new partnership with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in support of turtle research in the Chagos Archipelago.

In an expansion to the CCT-US Expedition Scholarship, a yearly initiative which funds a US-based scientist to join a Chagos Archipelago expedition, the trust has forged a strategic partnership with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC;, a premier non-profit education and conservation facility based in Juno Beach, Florida.

LMC’s mission is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems; but while the CCT-US emphasizes the Chagos Archipelago, LMC focuses on threatened and endangered sea turtles. To advance both missions, the two organizations will fundraise jointly to finance a scientist to conduct turtle research in the Chagos Archipelago in 2017.

The partnership was jointly announced by LMC’s President and CEO, Jack Lighton, and Sam Purkis, Chair and Co-Founder of CCT-US, during LMC’s Circle of 100 Spring Dinner. At the event, Sam gave a presentation to introduce the vast Chagos Marine Reserve, Earth’s largest. Sam was also invited to become a member of LMC’s Research and Rehabilitation Committee, a position that he gratefully accepted.

Pictured: (left) Sam Purkis – Chair and Co-Founder of the CCT-US and (right) Jack Lighton, President and CEO of the Loggerhead Marinelife Center

The CCT-US looks forward to updating the Chagos Archipelago community about this exciting partnership as it develops and extends particular thanks to the generous donors who presently support its Expedition Scholarship Program – Ric and Suzanne Kayne Foundation, The Schnormeier Family Fund, Honorable Otho Eyster and Carol Garner Fund, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and the CCT-US members.