SPEAKER: Dr Jacques-Olivier Laloё, Sea Turtles Ecology, Climate Change and Conservation Biology, Swansea University, Wales, UK
DATE: Friday, 24th February 2017
LOCATION: Warrnambool Campus, Room B3.03
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ABSTRACT: Climate change is threatening species whose biology is intimately linked to temperature. A warming world poses challenges for species with temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD), including sea turtles, for which warmer incubation temperatures produce female hatchlings.
Warming temperatures have the potential to create imbalanced sex ratios that could threaten future population viability. Furthermore, a turtle embryo successfully develops within a relatively narrow thermal range, further raising concerns for the future of sea turtles worldwide.
In this seminar I will present some of my ongoing research on the linked effects of warming temperatures on the sex ratio and hatchling output of sea turtles. This work informs on the long-term viability of sea turtle populations around the world.
BIO: Dr Jacques-Olivier Laloë is currently a visiting researcher at Deakin University, Australia. He obtained his PhD from Swansea University (Wales, UK) in August 2016. His main research interests are sea turtle ecology, climate change and conservation.
Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Graeme Hays.