My lab’s research program addresses how organisms contend or interact with their environment. I draw upon ideas and methodology from many biological disciplines including evolutionary biology, conservation biology, functional morphology, ecology, ethology, physiology, and developmental biology. Evolutionary processes and adaptation are important considerations in my work. My broad-based training enables me to address such diverse questions as how behavioral patterns are associated with migratory swimming in sea turtles and how effective are hatcheries, a common sea turtle management technique? How sex ratios in sea turtle skewed and if so what does that imply? Other, current research stresses the implications of an animal's structure and behavior to how it functions within its environment. I examine how suites of morphological characters either constrain behavioral options or are exploited to allow behavioral plasticity. My studies are comparative and include morphological, behavioral, and physiological analyses of behavior in three sea turtle species as they undergo offshore migration, and how sea turtle visual systems differ among species, and consequences on environmental change on development.
Research was funded (in whole or in part) by a grant awarded from the Sea Turtle Grants Program. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. Learn more at www.helpingseaturtles.org