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Embryonic Development of Turtles

Cindi Lawnczicak, a recently graduated Ph. D. student studied the development of turtles and the role of diet in successful reproduction. She focussed on terrestrial turtles, including the snapping turtle and the red-bellied turtle.

Lawniczak, C. J. and Teece, M.A. (2005) Spatial mobilization of calcium and magnesium from the eggshell of the snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina. Journal of Herpetology, 39, 659-664

Teece, M. A., Swarth, C. W., Tuross, N. and Fogel. M. L. (2001) Determination of the essential amino acid requirements of the American red-bellied turtle, Pseudemys rubriventris, during hatchling development. Proceedings of Ecology and Conservation of Turtles of the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Sea Turtles

We are investigating changes in the diets of loggerhead and green turtles due to habitat destruction. Using stable isotopes and chemical analyses of eggshells, we are able to determine diet shifts and the importance of certain diet items for successful breeding.

Turtle in the Florida Keys