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Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology$
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Malcolm Gordon

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240247

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240247.001.0001

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Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation

Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation

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(p.66) 5 Energetics of Leatherback Sea Turtles: A Step toward Conservation
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Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology
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David R. Jones

Amanda L. Southwood

Russel D. Andrews

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240247.003.0005

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

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