Turtle Behavior: UMass Team to Study Green Sea Turtles and Climate Change
The picture above shows two green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) basking on a beach in Hawaii. UMass Amherst environmental conservationist Lisa Komoroske co-leads a four-year, $1.4 million, multi-institution grant to study how reproductive behaviors will influence the effects of climate change on the turtles. Her team will spend months in the field at turtle nesting beaches on Fernando de Noronha, a marine reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of archipelago of 21 islands about 220 miles off the coast of Brazil. She and collaborators at Florida State and Oregon State universities will also work with the Brazil-based non-profit conservation organization PROJECTO TAMAR on the project. Komoroske and her colleagues believe this work will be the first comprehensive examination of resilience to environmental change among these turtles and will provide insights relevant to other temperature sex-determined species. Learn More.