Green Turtles and Their Lost Years

Collaboration with Melania Lopez Castro
PostDoc at Texas A&M

Melania sampled green turtles from many different beaches along the Atlantic ocean and performed a trace element experiment. The goal was to detect a possible location for the young green turtles  in the ocean during their lost years. We wanted to know which trace elements were relevant for distinguishing groups of turtles, but also how many clusters those important trace elements were determining. We used Bayesian Model clusters and calculated their BIC to choose the best trace elements and clusters using the  High  Performance Cluster at UF.

Publication can be found heremelaniacluster

López-Castro, Melania C., Karen A. Bjorndal, George D. Kamenov, Rosana Zenil-Ferguson, and Alan B. Bolten. “Sea turtle population structure and connections between oceanic and neritic foraging areas in the Atlantic revealed through trace elements.” Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser 490 (2013): 233-246.

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