Are there too many turtles?

This easy to follow paper suggests that may indeed be the case in some areas.  Turtle populations are thriving in many areas (including The Bahamas), due to extensive conservation initiatives as well as overfished top predators (such as sharks).  A result may be decimated seagrass ecosystems under certain circumstances.  This is exactly what FIU graduate student is examining in her research program.  She heads back to Abaco soon to check on her experiments, and I am excited to see what she finds.

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.

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