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M.S. Marine Biology
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M.S. Coastal Zone Management
Curtis M. Burney
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).
Collette F. Gilbert. 2013. Impact of Hurricanes on Caretta caretta Nesting Success, Hatching Success and Washout Rate in Broward County. Master's thesis. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, . (167)