Leatherback nests increasing significantly in Florida, USA; trends assessed over 30 years using multilevel modeling.

@article{Stewart2011LeatherbackNI,
  title={Leatherback nests increasing significantly in Florida, USA; trends assessed over 30 years using multilevel modeling.},
  author={Kelly R Stewart and Michelle Sims and Anne B. Meylan and Blair Witherington and Beth Brost and Larry B. Crowder},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={21 1},
  pages={263-73}
}
Understanding population status for endangered species is critical to developing and evaluating recovery plans mandated by the Endangered Species Act. For sea turtles, changes in abundance are difficult to detect because most life stages occur in the water. Currently, nest counts are the most reliable way of assessing trends. We determined the rate of growth for leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) nest numbers in Florida (USA) using a multilevel Poisson regression. We modeled nest counts… CONTINUE READING
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