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Breeding sex ratios of three imperiled marine turtles nesting in southern Florida

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2015
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Sound assessment of the status of a threatened or endangered organism depends on understanding key aspects of behavior throughout its life history. Sometimes organisms can be difficult to observe and key aspects of behavior may not be accessed directly. Alternative assessment techniques include using molecular markers to identify fundamental relationships among males and females. In the context of assessing the status of imperiled populations’ sex ratios, population size and the relatedness of the individuals are important metrics. Environmental sex determination directs developing marine turtle sex so that primary sex ratios depend upon weather and climate; those sex ratios are estimated by proxies. Adult population sizes are inferred from numbers of females nesting on the beach, but numbers of males are unknown. Male breeding population size can be estimated from subtracting maternal genotypes from genotypes of offspring exclusion analyses. The resulting adult sex ratios differ greatly from those estimated for hatchlings. To refine current adult sex ratios in ways that are relevant to production of future generations and add to our understanding of effective population size we compare the breeding sex ratios the number of males and females contributing to a population of three species of sea turtles nesting in southern Florida. We will use the same genetic data to measure relatedness of the female nesters and the male contributors and describe how that relates to genetic flow and population structure.
Title: Breeding sex ratios of three imperiled marine turtles nesting in southern Florida.
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Name(s): Lasala, Jacob
Hughes, Colin
Wyneken, Jeanette
Graduate College
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Poster
Date Created: 2015
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 1 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Sound assessment of the status of a threatened or endangered organism depends on understanding key aspects of behavior throughout its life history. Sometimes organisms can be difficult to observe and key aspects of behavior may not be accessed directly. Alternative assessment techniques include using molecular markers to identify fundamental relationships among males and females. In the context of assessing the status of imperiled populations’ sex ratios, population size and the relatedness of the individuals are important metrics. Environmental sex determination directs developing marine turtle sex so that primary sex ratios depend upon weather and climate; those sex ratios are estimated by proxies. Adult population sizes are inferred from numbers of females nesting on the beach, but numbers of males are unknown. Male breeding population size can be estimated from subtracting maternal genotypes from genotypes of offspring exclusion analyses. The resulting adult sex ratios differ greatly from those estimated for hatchlings. To refine current adult sex ratios in ways that are relevant to production of future generations and add to our understanding of effective population size we compare the breeding sex ratios the number of males and females contributing to a population of three species of sea turtles nesting in southern Florida. We will use the same genetic data to measure relatedness of the female nesters and the male contributors and describe how that relates to genetic flow and population structure.
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