Many Miami environmental science graduate students take the Ecology Field Courses each year.
This discussion will include an overview of turtle and sea turtle evolution. I will then compare and contrast the biology of loggerheads, hawksbill, green and leatherback sea turtles. I intend to provide general information on these majestic creatures focusing on the problems their populations are facing and what we can do to aid in conservation efforts.
An Introduction to Sea Turtle Evolution
b. Sea turtles
III. Biology: compare and contrast
IV. Risks associated with sea turtle populations
b. environmental and natural risks
a. Conservation efforts
b. Look to the future
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2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Office of Protected Resources. (n.d.) Marine Turtles. Retrieved February 2, 2005 from http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles
3. United States Fish and Wildlife Service. (n.d.) Endangered Species Act of 1973. Retrieved February 12, 2005 from http://endangered.fws.gov/esa.html#Lnk09
4. Reippel, O., & Reisz, R. (1999) The Origin and Early Evolution of Turtles. Annual Review Ecology Systematics, 30, 1-22.
5. Orenstein, Ronald. Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2001.
6. Spotilla, James. Sea Turtles: A complete guide to their biology, behavior, and conservation. Baltimore, Maryland: John Hopkins University Press, 2004.
7. Davidson, Osha Gray. Fire in the Turtle House. New York: Public Affairs, 2003.
8. Davidson, Osha Gray. The Enchanted Braid: Coming to terms with nature on the coral reef. New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1998.
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