Predicting climate warming effects on green turtle hatchling viability and dispersal performance
Catherine Cavallo, Tim Dempster, Michael R Kearney, Ella Kelly, David Booth, Kate M Hadden, Tim S Jessop
FUNCTIONAL ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2015
Ectotherms are taxa considered highly sensitive to rapid climate warming. This is because body temperature profoundly governs their performance, fitness and life history. Yet, while several modelling approaches currently predict thermal effects on some aspects of life history and demography, they do not consider how temperature simultaneously affects developmental success and offspring phenotypic performance, two additional key attributes that are needed to comprehensively understand species responses to climate warming. Here, we developed a stepwise, individual‐level modelling approach linking biophysical and developmental models with empirically derived performance functions to predict the..View full abstract
Funding was provided by a Mazda Foundation Grant to TSJ, TD, EK and CC, and Holsworth Grants to EK and CC. We thank the Tiwi Land Council, who gave permission for research to be conducted on their land and assisted with fieldwork and remote site logistics.