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dc.contributor.authorMascovich, Kathryn Ann
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-25T04:30:16Z
dc.date.available2018-08-25T04:30:16Z
dc.date.issued2018-05
dc.identifier.othermascovich_kathryn_a_201805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/mascovich_kathryn_a_201805_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/38454
dc.description.abstractAn effective beach management plan (BMP) must focus on the beach habitat, infrastructure, and users (people). Here we studied how a BMP for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) can be shaped. We looked at the factors influencing sea turtle nest success, finding that erosional habitats and maximum nest temperatures influence hatch success. We additionally investigated how to work with the beachfront infrastructure to minimize the threat that lights pose to nesting and hatching sea turtles. We found that an educational rack card designed to promote sea turtle-friendly lighting choices for hotel guests was not effective. Finally, we looked at two different types of education programs to determine their effectiveness at changing participants’ behaviors to be more environmentally friendly. With no difference in the short-term outcomes, we recommend that organizations consider the cost and feasibility of these two program delivery methods when choosing between program types.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectBeach management plan
dc.subjectConservation
dc.subjectEnvironmental education
dc.subjectHotels
dc.subjectLighting
dc.subjectNest success
dc.subjectSea turtles
dc.titleThe nesting ecology of sea turtles
dc.title.alternativemanaging people, infrastructure, and habitat
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentInstitute of Ecology
dc.description.majorEcology
dc.description.advisorKimberly Andrews
dc.description.committeeKimberly Andrews
dc.description.committeeLincoln Larson
dc.description.committeeClark Alexander


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