Where the waves crash at the very bottom on North Carolina’s coast, Paul Hillbrand rises early and stays out late patrolling the beaches and using science to protect the sea turtles that nest there.

This video was the result of a collaboration between the ecoEXPLORE program of the NC Arboretum and the Bald Head Island Conservancy. As one of the program’s herpetology mentors, sea turtle conservationist Paul Hillbrand guides viewers through sea turtle biology, his work and his path towards science.