Climate change effects on green sea turtle sex ratios


Turtles are among the best examples of taxa with environmental sex determination: if eggs incubate above a certain temperature then the individual will be male, otherwise female. While climate change and concomitant sea level rise will have significant habitat loss consequences, a secondary effect could be the steady loss of females because of higher temperatures. The effects of this change on green sea turtles is unknown.


Use a combination of empirical data and modeling to evaluate the spatial and temporal effects of climate change on populations from altered sex ratios.

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