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Impacts of Extreme High Tide Events on Sea Turtle Nesting on Georgia Barrier Islands

Duration

August 2015 - April 2018

Narrative

Climate change and associated sea level rise is expected to lead to an increase in extreme high tide events and consequent storm surges, erosion, and coastal flooding on the Atlantic coast. Reproductive success of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), which is listed as Threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, is dependent on the timing of emergence, nest siting, and nest laying activity, and these in turn are linked to dynamics of tidal cycles and storm events. Conservation of the loggerhead sea turtle requires an understanding of how nesting habitats and hatchling productivity will be affected by factors associated with climate change. Results from this work will help Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other management agencies understand the likely impact of extreme high tide events on sea turtle productivity and the necessary conservation measures needed to mitigate against adverse impacts. This research is conducted in collaboration with Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the University of Georgia. This work produced projections of the frequency of extreme high tide events, which served as inputs to models that predicted nest success in response to physiographic and habitat attributes of the nest. This research will be used by conservation agencies in Georgia and elsewhere to plan for mitigation and adaptation strategies for the turtle.

Research Products and Activities

Thesis

  • Wilson, A. W. 2018. The impacts of extreme high tide events on sea turtle nesting along the Georgia barrier islands. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens

Presentations

  • Wilson, A. M., M. Dodd, and C. T. Moore. 2017. The impacts of extreme high tide events on sea turtle nesting along the Georgia barrier islands. Poster; 37th International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, 15-20 April 2017, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wilson, A. M., M. Dodd, and C. Moore. 2017. [Poster] The impacts of extreme high tide events on sea turtle nesting along the Georgia barrier islands. 2017 Wildlife Research Meeting, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, 8 August 2017, Mansfield, GA.
  • Wilson, A. M., M. Dodd, and C. T. Moore. 2017. [Poster] The impacts of extreme high tide events on sea turtle nesting along the Georgia barrier islands. Georgia Environmental Conference, 23-25 August 2017, Jekyll Island, GA.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 99

Masters Students: 225

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 247

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 658

Scientific Publications: 1872

Presentations: 4186

 

Personnel

  • Clinton MoorePrincipal Investigator
  • Alicia WilsonStudent
  • Mark DoddNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey