Prof Graeme Hays in Nature Climate Change – The paradox of climate change and sea turtles survival

Hatchling Loggerhead Sea TurtlesSea turtles might benefit of a warming climate in the short run, as hotter incubation conditions trigger a rising share of female hatchlings that, in turn, could lift natural rates of population growth.

But what will be of the sea turtles population in the long run? A new research published in Nature Climate Change by Jacques-Olivier Laloë, Jacquie Cozens, Berta Renom, Albert Taxonera & Graeme C. Hays (Chair of Marine Science at Deakin University), suggests that rising temperature might push populations towards becoming all female, ultimately leading to their extinction.

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