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Biology and Conservation of Marine Turtles

Target Audience: Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student

Institution: MESC/Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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Course Description: This introductory course will provide an overview of the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Topics to be covered include the identification, distribution, nesting behavior, migratory behavior, feeding ecology, population biology and genetics, developmental habitats, temperature-dependent sex determination, paleontology and conservation of marine turtles. Students will obtain a detailed knowledge of sea turtle biology; will gain an understanding of why many sea turtle species have become endangered; and how proper management has allowed some populations to recover. The course will culminate with an overnight, multi-day field trip to sea turtle nesting beaches and foraging grounds in the southeastern U.S. The class will also visit sea turtle research and rehabilitation facilities. The overnight field trip will provide students with the opportunity to observe loggerhead, green, and leatherback turtles in their natural habitats.

Course Fees and Expenses: Expenses: Depending on number enrolled; approximately $550.00.

Funding Source: Other

How to Apply: Apply and register on-line:

Application Closing Date: 05/15/2017

Course Begins: 2017-05-15

Course Ends: 2017-05-26


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