When it comes to sea turtle gender, you may have already heard the term “hot chicks, cool dudes.” Sex in turtles is determined by the environment that the embryos experience during incubation inside the nest, and in particular by nest temperature. These conditions may be impacted by factors effecting our beaches and ambient temperatures, including global climate change.
Join Boris Tezak, FAU Integrative Biology Doctoral student, on Friday, June 23 as he teaches us about an innovative new technique he helped develop to determine sex ratios of hatchling sea turtles. He will also discuss ongoing research to better understand how climate change may affect sea turtle development while the hatchlings are still inside of the egg.
Understanding sea turtle hatchling sex ratios is critical, as a shift in the proportion of males and females, in turn, will impact the ability of each species to successfully reproduce. There can be no successful recovery of marine turtle populations without successful reproduction.
The fragile nature of all present sea turtle populations makes it important to understand and assess the different factors that affect sea turtle populations now, and those that will remain important in the years to come. The more we know, the better we can hope to successfully promote the recovery of marine turtle populations.
Want to help us make the social even more delicious? Bring a potluck-style dish to share!
Itinerary for the Evening:
6:30 – 7:00 Happy Hour!
(Food, drinks and socializing)
7:00 – 8:00 Presentation by Boris Tezak
Proceeds from our 50/50 raffle will benefit a non-profit organization dedicated to sea turtle research and conservation. The winner of the 50/50 raffle will receive a Gift Certificate for a Private Hatchling Release.
RSVP to let us know you are coming! Call the shop at 561-840-8750 or email us!
We are celebrating Sea Turtles all month long. Join us for one of these exciting upcoming events to learn more about these amazing marine animals, or head out diving for a Sea Turtle Encounter…
Sea Turtle Awareness Class – June 11
Educational Sea Turtle Dive with Dr. Larry Wood – June 18
Turtle Nest Education Walk with Dr. Larry Wood – June 21