Mike Arendt

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Address: SCDNR Marine Resources Division, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: 843.953.9097
E-mail: arendtmd@dnr.sc.gov
Personal Website: http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/sturtles


Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 2016, University of South Carolina

M.S., Marine Science (Fisheries), 1999, College of William and Mary/VIMS

B.S., Biology, 1996, Virginia Military Institute

Research Interests

  • environmental influences on animal occurrence
  • population dynamics and demographic structure
  • collection of large data sets through remote and/or innovative technologies
  • time series analysis

Current and planned research projects

Additional websites


  • Arendt, M. D., Webster, R. P., & Schwenter, J. A. (2022). High annual survival suggested by size structure of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles captured by coastal research trawling in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean since 1990. Endangered Species Research48, 107-121.
  • Arendt, M. D., Schwenter, J. A., Owens, D. W., & Valverde, R. A. (2021). Theoretical modeling and neritic monitoring of loggerhead Caretta caretta [Linnaeus, 1758] sea turtle sex ratio in the southeast United States do not substantiate fears of a male‐limited population. Global Change Biology27(19), 4849-4859.
  • Arendt MD, Schwenter JA, Witherington BE, Meylan AB, Saba VS (2013) Historical versus Contemporary Climate Forcing on the Annual Nesting Variability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. PLoS ONE 8(12): e81097. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081097.
  • Arendt MD, Boynton J, Schwenter JA, Segars AL, Byrd JI, Maier PP, Whitaker JD, Owens DW, Blanvillain G, Quattro JM, Roberts MA (2012) Spatial clustering of loggerhead sea turtles in the Northwest Atlantic: implications for management surveys. Endangered Species Research 18:219-231.
  • Arendt MD, Segars AL, Byrd JI, Boynton J, Whitaker JD, Parker L, Owens DW, Blanvillain G, Quattro JM and MA Roberts (2012) Seasonal distribution patterns of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) following capture from a shipping channel in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Mar Biol 159(1):127-139.
  • Barans CA, Arendt MD, Moore T, Schmidt D (2005) Remote video revisited: A visual technique for conducting long-term monitoring of reef fishes on the continental shelf. Marine Technology Society Journal 39(2):110-118.
  • Wenner EL, Sanger D, Arendt MD, Holland AF, Chen Y (2004) Variability in dissolved oxygen and other water-quality variables within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Journal of Coastal Research 45:17-38.
  • Arendt MD, Lucy JA, Evans DA (2001) Diel and seasonal activity patterns of adult tautog, Tautoga onitis, in lower Chesapeake Bay, inferred from ultrasonic telemetry. Environmental Biology of Fishes 62: 379-391.