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Degree Name

M.S. Marine Biology

Second Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Curtis M. Burney

Second Advisor

Derek Burkholder

Third Advisor

Pat Quinn


Hurricanes can cause considerable damage along the coastlines of the United States. There are very little data relating hurricanes and sea turtle nesting. Hurricane season (June- November) and sea turtle nesting season, for the study period, (March- September) overlap in Broward County, Florida. This paper examines the relationship between the Hurricane Impact Index (HII) and hatching success of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) and HII and washout rate. For ten of the eleven storms studied, there was no significant relationship between HII and hatching success (percent). Tropical Storm Ophelia (2005) showed a significantly higher (p=0.0206) hatching success after the storm’s passing than before the storm’s passing. There was a significant relationship between washout rate and HII (p=0.026).

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