28. Mark Dodd

Photograph by Kendrick Brinson
Photograph by Kendrick Brinson

You may be familiar with Jekyll Island’s Georgia Sea Turtle Center, which opened in 2007 and is dedicated to rehabilitation, education, and research. But lesser known is the Georgia DNR’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program run by Mark Dodd. The biologist, 52, works with a budget of $180,000 and a single full-time employee, as well as a network of interns and volunteers, who monitor 13 barrier islands. So far, so good: On the 15 beaches his program patrols, nests have been increasing in recent years.

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This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.