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Modeling Leatherback Sea Turtle Populations: How Can Counting Be So Difficult?


Sheila Miller
New York City College of Technology

April 30, 2012
4:45 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 at 4:30


After at least 60 million years in the world's oceans, human activities have causes leatherback sea turtles to become critically endangered. The largest of all sea turtles with carapace lengths of over six feet in adults, the natural lifespan of a leatherback is over one hundred years. Though they spend their adult lives migrating back and forth across the ocean, sea turtles are born on land. Their migratory patterns mean that leatherback sea turtles live not in one environment but in many environments that are linked together. This has significant ramification for understanding population dynamics and for management and protection of the species.

Coupled cell networks are linked systems of differential equations. In this talk we give an introduction to ecological modeling and to coupled cell networks as they relate to modeling leatherback sea turtle population dynamics.

For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.
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