Characterising climate change vulnerability at flatback turtle nesting sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

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Abstract

Sandy beaches provide essential nesting habitat for sea turtles but are threatened by a rapidly changing climate. This thesis explores how increasing sand temperatures and rising seas will threaten the viability of flatback turtle (Natator depressus) nesting sites in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. By integrating models of coastal and thermal exposure with biological traits, this thesis identifies those nesting sites which are the most resilient (and vulnerable) in a warming climate.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Mitchell, Nicki, Supervisor
  • Fossette-Halot, Sabrina, Supervisor
  • McGrath, Gavan, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date31 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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