Article history: Understanding the relationship between the environmental conditions and life-history traits (such as Received 31 December 2016 growth, reproduction, and size at speciﬁc life stages) is important for understanding the population Received in revised form 14 June 2017 dynamics of a species and for constructing adaptable, relevant, and efﬁcient conservation measures. Accepted 1 July 2017 For the endangered loggerhead turtle, characterizing effects of environmental conditions on the life- Available online 19 July 2017 history traits is complicated by this species’ longevity, global distribution, and migratory way of life. Two signiﬁcant environmental factors – temperature and available food – often account for most of Keywords: observed intra-population variability in growth and reproduction rates, suggesting that those two factors Loggerhead turtle determine the biological responses of an individual. Adopting this hypothesis, we simulate a range of Environmental effects the two environmental factors to quantify effects of changes in temperature and food availability on an Life history individual’s physiology (energy investment into processes such as growth, maturation, and reproduction) Mechanistic model Conservation and the resulting life-history traits. To represent an individual, we use a previously developed mechanistic Marine ecology dynamic energy budget (DEB) model for loggerhead turtles. DEB models rely on
Ecological Modelling – Elsevier
Published: Sep 24, 2017
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