Sea turtles have existed for millions of years, making them fascinating subjects of study. In the last 20 years, the science of sea turtle biology has expanded at an exponential rate, leading to major advances in many areas. This book synthesizes the results of these advances and focuses on how these endangered marine reptiles operate in, adapt to, and are dependent upon particular features of their marine environment. New technology in data gathering, such as DNA analyses, remote sensing, and physiological monitoring techniques, has led to a much greater understanding of the biology of the sea turtle at all stages of their life history.

chapter 1|28 pages

Evolution, Phylogeny, and Current Status

ByPeter C. H. Pritchard

chapter 2|12 pages

Population Genetics, Phylogeography, and Molecular Evolution

ByBrian W. Bowen, Stephen A. Karl

chapter 3|31 pages

Reproduction In Sea Turtles

ByJeffrey D. Miller

chapter 5|28 pages

Orientation, Navigation, and Natal Beach Homing in Sea Turtles

ByKenneth J. Lohmann, Blair E. Witherington, Catherine M. F. Lohmann, Michael Salmon

chapter 6|27 pages

Habitat Utilization and Migration in Juvenile Sea Turtles

ByJohn A. Musick, Colin J. Limpus

chapter 8|33 pages

Foraging Ecology and Nutrition of Sea Turtles

ByKaren A. Bjorndal

chapter 9|44 pages

Age, Growth, and Population Dynamics

ByM.Y. Chaloupka, John A. Musick

chapter 10|20 pages

Diving Physiology

ByMolly E. Lutcavage, Peter L. Lutz

chapter 11|18 pages

Thermal Biology

ByJames R. Spotila, Michael P. O’Connor, Frank V. Paladino

chapter 12|27 pages

Hormones in the Life History of Sea Turtles

ByDavid W. Owens

chapter 13|19 pages

Salt, Water, and pH Balance in the Sea Turtle

ByPeter L. Lutz

chapter 14|23 pages

Health Problems and Diseases of Sea Turtles

ByRobert H. George

chapter 15|23 pages

Human Impacts on Sea Turtle Survival

ByMolly E. Lutcavage