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Use Of Molecular Techniques To Understand The Spatial And Temporal Features Of The Oceanic Stage In Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Eretmochelys Imbricata; A Thesis Proposal

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2015
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For highly migratory species, it is important to understand what habitats are used and what requirements are essential for growth and development. These migrations often span different political and regulatory boundaries, complicating conservation strategies. The hatchlings and post-hatchlings of most sea turtle species migrate to oceanic habitats where they remain for several years before returning to shallow developmental habitats. For critically endangered hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, most research has concentrated on nesting ecology and very little is known about the posthatchling migration. Many sea turtles then spend years in different foraging habitats before reaching sexual maturity, and such foraging grounds typically represent a mixed stock of turtles from different nesting beaches. Mitochondrial DNA analysis can be used to estimate genetic stock structure of mixedstock foraging populations for sea turtles, and the duration of the post-hatchling oceanic stage can be estimated using stable isotope analysis and satellite telemetry. Our objectives are to determine the duration of the post-hatchling oceanic stage of development, to determine if the turtles sampled in a particular foraging habitat represent a biased or unbiased assortment of matrilineages, and to infer potential migratory pathways by investigating ocean currents between nesting beaches and the foraging site. Here we discuss our methods, to determine the duration of the post-hatchling oceanic stage and stock structure for immature hawksbills at a developmental foraging ground.
Title: Use Of Molecular Techniques To Understand The Spatial And Temporal Features Of The Oceanic Stage In Hawksbill Sea Turtles, Eretmochelys Imbricata; A Thesis Proposal.
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Name(s): Coppenrath, Christina
Salmon, Michael
Graduate College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Poster
Date Created: 2015
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
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Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: For highly migratory species, it is important to understand what habitats are used and what requirements are essential for growth and development. These migrations often span different political and regulatory boundaries, complicating conservation strategies. The hatchlings and post-hatchlings of most sea turtle species migrate to oceanic habitats where they remain for several years before returning to shallow developmental habitats. For critically endangered hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, most research has concentrated on nesting ecology and very little is known about the posthatchling migration. Many sea turtles then spend years in different foraging habitats before reaching sexual maturity, and such foraging grounds typically represent a mixed stock of turtles from different nesting beaches. Mitochondrial DNA analysis can be used to estimate genetic stock structure of mixedstock foraging populations for sea turtles, and the duration of the post-hatchling oceanic stage can be estimated using stable isotope analysis and satellite telemetry. Our objectives are to determine the duration of the post-hatchling oceanic stage of development, to determine if the turtles sampled in a particular foraging habitat represent a biased or unbiased assortment of matrilineages, and to infer potential migratory pathways by investigating ocean currents between nesting beaches and the foraging site. Here we discuss our methods, to determine the duration of the post-hatchling oceanic stage and stock structure for immature hawksbills at a developmental foraging ground.
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