Dune vegetation fertilization by nesting sea turtles.

  title={Dune vegetation fertilization by nesting sea turtles.},
  author={L. Hannan and James D. Roth and Llewellyn M. Ehrhart and John F. Weishampel},
  volume={88 4},
Sea turtle nesting presents a potential pathway to subsidize nutrient-poor dune ecosystems, which provide the nesting habitat for sea turtles. To assess whether this positive feedback between dune plants and turtle nests exists, we measured N concentration and delta15N values in dune soils, leaves from a common dune plant (sea oats [Uniola paniculata]), and addled eggs of loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas) across a nesting gradient (200-1050 nests/km) along a 40.5… 

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