Advances in Research Techniques for the Study of Sea Turtles

Juan M. Rguez-Baron, Maria Monica Lara Uc and Rafael Riosmena-Rodriguez (Editors)
Departamento de Biología Marina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Mexico

Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

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Over the last four decades, threats from anthropogenic activities – such as Bycatch, modification or destruction of critical habitats, and use or consumption of products from turtles – along with inherent life history features of sea turtles have declined severely in population sizes. Recently, through modern research techniques, we have learned some important aspects of taxonomy, ecology and biology of these animals; those findings revealed the role of sea turtles in their ecosystems, migratory patterns, habitat use and the main population hotspots and conservation units.

This book aims to address the current situation on sea turtle research, to provide an overview of the newest tools and techniques for research, but at the same time provide key elements on management of sea turtles and how they can be used for conservation purposes. Through the detailed description of each technique and case studies that this book contains, students, researchers and academics can properly raise their research questions and experimental designs, which consequently enable them to obtain results comparable to those reported in studies from journals of high impact.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1
Functional Morphology in Sea Turtle Skulls
(Andrea Franco Moreno, Víctor Hugo Cruz Escalona, Juan M. Rguez-Baron, Monserrath González Ruiz & Catherine E. Hart, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, La Paz, Baja California Sur, México, and others)

Chapter 2
Ecotoxicology of Sea Turtles
(Cinthia Carneiro da Silva & Ellie Anne López-Barrera, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas - ICB, Universidade, Federal do Rio Grande - FURG, Rio Grande, RS, Brasil, and others)

Chapter 3
Sea Turtle Photo-Identification
(Jaime A. de Urioste, Maria Jose Bethencourt & Hector Sicilia, Fundación Neotropico, Spain)

Chapter 4
Topological Tools for Evaluating the Structural Importance of Sea Turtles in Trophic Networks
(Andrés Felipe Navia, Paola Andrea Mejía-Falla, Víctor Hugo Cruz-Escalona & Juan M. Rguez-Baron, Fundación colombiana para la investigación y conservación de tiburones y rayas – SQUALUS, Carrera, Cali, Valle, Colombia, and others)

Chapter 5
Research Techniques in the Study of Marine Turtle Strandings
(Gabriela M. Vélez-Rubio & Jesús Tomás, Instituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universidad de Valencia, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6
Genetics and Conservation of Sea Turtles
(Ellie A. López-Barrera, Estefanie Cardinot Reis, Sibelle Torres Vilaça & Sara M. Vargas, Instituto de Estudios y Servicios Ambientales – IDEASA, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Bogotá, Colombia, and others)

Chapter 7
Practical Manual on Clinical Cytology and Hematology for Sea Turtle Conservation
(Ma. Mónica Lara Uc, Gustavo Hinojosa Arango, Francisco Aranda Cirerol, Juan Manuel López Vivas, Edwin Gutiérrez Ruiz, Stephanie Rousso, and Rafael Riosmena Rodriguez, Laboratorio de Oceanografía, Departamento Académico de Biología Marina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Carretera al Sur, La Paz, BCS, México, and others)

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