Temporal, spatial, and body size effects on growth rates of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Northwest Atlantic

@article{Bjorndal2013TemporalSA,
  title={Temporal, spatial, and body size effects on growth rates of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Northwest Atlantic},
  author={Karen A Bjorndal and Barbara A. Schroeder and Allen M. Foley and Blair E. Witherington and Michael J. Bresette and David Robert Clark and Richard M. Herren and Michael D. Arendt and Jeffrey R. Schmid and Anne Barkau. Meylan and Peter A. Meylan and Jane A. Provancha and Kristen M Hart and Margaret M Lamont and Raymond R. Carthy and Alan B Bolten},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={160},
  pages={2711-2721}
}
In response to a call from the US National Research Council for research programs to combine their data to improve sea turtle population assessments, we analyzed somatic growth data for Northwest Atlantic (NWA) loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) from 10 research programs. We assessed growth dynamics over wide ranges of geography (9–33°N latitude), time (1978–2012), and body size (35.4–103.3 cm carapace length). Generalized additive models revealed significant spatial and temporal… CONTINUE READING

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