Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation

David R. Jones, Amanda L. Southwood and Russel D. Andrews

in Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240247
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930636 | DOI:
Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation

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This chapter discusses experimental approaches used to study the ecology and physiology of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea). It describes the measurement of field metabolic rates (FMRs) of leatherbacks using the doubly-labeled-water (DLW) method. It also discusses how to estimate FMRs based on aerobic dive limits and similarities in the behavior and physiology of two different species.

Keywords: leatherback sea turtle; Dermochelys coriacea; field metabolic rates; FMRs; leatherbacks; doubly-labeled-water method; aerobic dive limits

Chapter.  6173 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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