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2020 NIMBioS SRE Program

Modeling the individual and population effects of elevated incubation temperatures of sea turtles

Spencer Catron, Mathematics, Physics, Univ. of Tennessee
Sarah Roth, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee
Savannah Rumley, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Fisk Univ.
Francesca Zumpano, Mathematics, Statistics, College of New Jersey

Dr. Deb Miller, Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries; Veterinary Medicine; Director, Center for Wildlife Health, Univ. of Tennessee
Dr. Suzanne Lenhart, Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee
Dr. Jeanette Wyneken, Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic Univ.
Graduate Student Helper:
Ida Dian Dewi, Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, UTCVM

Sea turtle photo. Project Description. Using data from the Atlantic leatherback turtle and data-driven models, this project will investigate the effects of elevated temperature in hatching sites. Physiology features and survival rates as functions of time and temperature will be considered. Also, a model will be built to illustrate changes in the populations if the survival rates in certain temperature ranges favor one gender over the other. Such temperature changes may be related to climate change.

S. Catron photo.
Spencer Catron
S. Roth photo.
Sarah Roth
S. Rumley photo.
Savannah Rumley
F. Zumpano photo.
Francesca Zumpano

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