85 F
Cruz Bay
Thursday, September 29, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesZandy Hillis-Starr a 'Star' in National Geographic

Zandy Hillis-Starr a 'Star' in National Geographic

Sept. 20, 2004 – When you read through the article on global warming in the September issue of National Geographic, look for a familiar face on page 46.
It's Zandy Hillis-Starr, chief of resources management for all three national park facilities on St. Croix.
Hillis-Starr, 46, was featured in a sidebar about her work with Hawksbill turtles at Buck Island Reef National Monument.
She said National Geographic was interested in a research project done by the park and Thane Wibbles from the University of Alabama that focused the effects of hurricanes and vegetation loss on the turtles' gender ratio.
Research shows, and National Geographic reports, that hot weather in the middle third of the turtles' incubation creates more female than male eggs. Storms rip away trees that shade nests on beaches, thereby making the area hotter.
"Severe weather events really knock the socks off in favor of the females," Hillis-Starr said in the National Geographic sidebar.
She said the National Geographic photographer Peter Essick visited in October 2003 on a round-the-world photo shoot for the global warming article.
"He spent three nights and took a thousand pictures, if not more," Hillis-Starr said.
She said the picture shows St. Croix's lights in the background, an aspect that helps to show human impact on nature. This ties in with the article because it focuses on how humans affect global warming.
Hillis-Starr said she's received numerous calls about her brush with fame, including one from her mother who didn't know about the National Geographic visit.
She said that she wasn't sure the photo would actually make the cut and didn't want to get her mother too excited about the possibility of her appearance in a national magazine.
Hillis-Starr and her husband, Rick, have a 4-year-old daughter, Alexandra.
She's lived in St. Croix for 40 years, and spent the last 17 working for the park.

Back Talk

Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.
Publisher's note : Like the St. Croix Source now? Find out how you can love us twice as much — and show your support for the islands' free and independent news voice… click here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.