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“Conservation Couture: Fashions that Drive Change for the Ocean.” Panama  Scuba Diving. 16 October 2023.

“Countries are starting to give animals legal rights. Here is why.” Washington Post. 26 August 2023.


“In Panama, legal rights given to sea turtles, boosting the ‘rights of nature’ movement.” Associated Press. 24 May 2023. 

“Panama Passes National Sea Turtle Law Recognizing Their Rights.” Ecohustler. 16 March 2023.


Se aprueba legislación que refuerza protección de tortugas marinas en Panamá.” Metro Libre. 16 Marzo 2023.



Se aprueba legislación que refuerza protección de tortugas marinas en Panama.” Ministerio de Ambiente, República de Panama. 3 Marzo 2023.


“Important Sea Turtle Breeding and Foraging Grounds Throughout the Pearl Islands Archipelago in Panama Recognized as a Hope Spot.” Mission Blue. 2 Marzo 2023.


“Consulta Publica para la creación del área protegida Refugio de Vida Silvestre Saboga.” Ministerio de Ambiente Republica de Panama. 1 Marzo 2023.


Panama passes National Sea Turtle Law Recognizing Their Rights. Earth Law Center press release. 17 March 2023.


“WINGS WOMEN IN THE NEWS – The WINGS Women of Discovery and Flag Carriers are constantly making history and headlines! On land, in the sea, and in the air, our explorers are making an impact.” 2023. WINGS WorldQuest.



“Proposal to grant the ocean rights calls for a sea change in legal framework.” 14 October 2022. Mongabay – News & Inspiration form Nature’s Frontline.


“How a Rolex Submariner Became My Unexpected Partner As I Fought For Recognition For The Rights of Nature.” HODINKEE. October 2022.


The Ocean Race is On: Momentum Gathers on Quest for Ocean Rights.”  MonacoLife.Net. September 2022.


Growing number of countries get on board The Ocean Race’s journey for ocean rights.” The Ocean Race. September 2022.


“Como la cobertura periodistica sobre la biodiversidad da forma a la vida y a las políticas de protección.” Los Angeles Press. La Red en Lucha. 31 August 2022.


Impact report: how biodiversity coverage shapes lives and policies: Three cases reveal how Nature’s science journalism and opinion content help to bring about change.” Nature. 26 August 2022.


“Panama Rights of Nature Law.” Eco Jurisprudence Monitor.


“Nature gets rights in Panama.” Warp News. 12 August 2022.


“La Biologa conservacionista marina Callie Veelenturf ayudo a redactar una ley que ayudara a proteger especies y hábitats en Panama”. PANAMAPERU. Noticias de ultima hora. Naturaleza y Clima. August 2022.


“Panama Landmark Law Recognises Rights of Nature.” 31 July 2022. Only Good News Daily. Only Good News & Other Stuff to Make You Smile.


“Harmony with Nature Secretary General Report.” United Nations General Assembly. 28 July 2022.


“Panama Enacts Landmark Legislation Giving Nature Rights.” 28 July 2022. The Optimist Daily.


“Powerful Water Women You Should Know. These incredible female scuba divers are driving a sea of change for our oceans.” 5 July 2022. Scuba diving, PADI Club.


“UN Ocean Conference: The Ocean Race calls for a Universal Declaration of Ocean Rights. Lisbon high-level event focuses on urgent need to give the ocean a voice.” 1 July 2022.


“The Rights of Nature is still under the radar, but its rapid ascension is.

undeniable.” Interview to mark Earth Day 2022 with lawyer and Rights of Nature campaigner Grant Wilson. David Hill. 22 April 2022.


In Panama, Nature Now Has Rights Just Like People and Corporations.” 23 March 2022. EcoWatch.


Norfolk native helps to get law protecting nature in Panama enacted | Local News | March 20, 2022. The Sun Chronicle.


“Panama Passes National Rights of Nature Law.” 4 March 2022. California River Watch.


“Panama Aprueba Una Ley Nacional de los Derechos de la Naturaleza.” Fundacion Panamena Turismo Sostenible. 3 Marzo 2022.


Panama refuerza legalmente los derechos de la naturaleza.” 28 February 2022. Pensa, Ministerio de Ambiente.


“Panama recognizes the Rights of Nature”. 24 February 2022. Earth Law Center


Panama enacted a rights of nature law.” 3 March 2022. Positive News.


Panama is latest country to recognize legal rights of nature.” 1 March 2022. Democracy Now.


Nature now has legal rights in Panama.” 1 March 2022. Grist.


Panama Enacts a Rights of Nature Law, Guaranteeing the Natural World’s 'Right to Exist, Persist and Regenerate”. 25 February 2022. Inside Climate News


“Norfolk Native Helps Draft ‘Rights of Nature’ Law in Panama.” February 2022. Local Town Pages, Norfolk & Wrentham, MA, USA.


“Nature Now Has ‘the Right to Exist’ in Panama.” 17 September 2022. One Green Planet.


“Panama Enacts a Legal rights of Nature Law, Guaranteeing the Organic World’s ‘Right to Exist, Persist and Regenerate’”. 26 February 2022. Lalibelaethiopiannj.




“Termina monitoreo de tortugas.” December, 15, 2021. Panamá City, Panamá. Termina monitoreo de tortugas | Critica.


“Bióloga marina realiza marcaje de tortugas baula en el Archipiélago de Las Perlas, en Panamá.” November 25, 2021. Treporta. Panamá City, Panamá.


“URI Marine Biology program celebrates 25th anniversary with lecture on sea turtle conservation, Nov. 5.” October 25, 2021. URI News – External Relations and Communications. University of Rhode Islands.


“Making A Difference #ForNature, One Sea Turtle At A Time”. October 15, 2021. University of Rhode Island. Foundation & Alumni Engagement.


“Of Land and Sea.” September 2020. Oceanographic Magazine.


“The National Geographic Society’s 2020-2021 Early Career Leadership Program 6 Cohort”. The National Geographic Society Newsroom, August 24, 2020. Washington, D.C.



“Young conservationist making big impact” October 1, 2019. Local Town Pages, Wrentham and Norfolk.


“Honors, accomplishments piling up for young URI alumna seeking to protect oceans” June 25, 2019. University of Rhode Island.


“Callie Veelenturf.” 8 March 2019. Youth for Wildlife Conservation.


“Life Below Water: From the beach to the high political seas.” 3 March 2019. Youth for Wildlife Conservation. JvZJ8



“Callie Veelenturf dedicated to sea turtle preservation.” 3 September 2018. TURFKRONIEK.


“Marine biology program producing successful graduates from IPFW’s Fort Wayne campus.” 5 June 2018. Local News. News Sentinal. 


“Leatherback Biologist Joins Turtle Island Restoration Network.” 4 June 2018. Press Releases. Turtle Island Restoration Network.


“Biology Alumna Dedicated to Sea Turtle Conservation.” 4 June 2018. Endeavors. Purdue University. 


“Cientistas: Vamos Esquecer os Estereotipos?” 15 May 2018. Fotografia. P3.


“Mother’s Day – Top 5 of motherhood and science.” 11 May 2018. Trends. Mind the Graph.


“A Photo Celebration of Scientists at Work.” 29 April 2018. News. Twinsburg.


“URI Alum Featured in Prize-Winning Photo Celebration Scientists at Work.” April 2018. University of Rhode Island Foundation. 8&calcid=6968


“Congratulation Callie.” 27 April 2018. News & Events. The Leatherback Trust.


“A Photo Celebration of Scientists at Work.” 17 April 2018. Nature.


“University of Rhode Island Alumna Wins First Cocos Island Conservation Scholarship.” 23 February 2018. All. Ag is America.


CELS Alumna Wins First Cocos Island Conservation Scholarship. Feb 2018. 7


“URI alumna wins first Cocos Island Conservation Scholarship.” 30 Jan 2018. URI Today. University of Rhode Island.



“TIRN Announces Conservation Scholarship Winner for 2017 Dive Expedition.” Press Releases. 28 November 2017. Turtle Island Restoration Network.


2017 “A Blog from Our Graduate Students.” BIOScope. 12 April 2017. Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne. ing2017.pdf.


“IPFW Top 50 Award Winners Announced.” True Blue. 5 April 2017. Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne 



“Callie Veelenturf Wins Best Student Poster at International Symposium.” IPFW Campus News. 15 April 2016. Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.


“International Sea Turtle Soceity Award 2016.” Student Awards. Spring 2016. Purdue University. 04-16.pdf



“Rewarding Classwork”. News from the Field. 22 October 2013. School for Field Studies. _views_fulltext=callie+veelenturf 


“Six URI Students Earn Prestigious Hollings Scholarship from NOAA.” 25 April 2012. University of Rhode Island Honors Program.

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