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Research Article

Climate Driven Egg and Hatchling Mortality Threatens Survival of Eastern Pacific Leatherback Turtles

  • Pilar Santidrián Tomillo mail,

    ms454@drexel.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Biology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, The Leatherback Trust, Goldring Marine Biology Station, Playa Grande, Costa Rica

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  • Vincent S. Saba,

    Affiliation: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

    Current address: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Gabriela S. Blanco,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Charles A. Stock,

    Affiliation: NOAA, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Frank V. Paladino,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

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  • James R. Spotila

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Published: May 23, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037602

About the Authors

Pilar Santidrián Tomillo, Gabriela S. Blanco, James R. Spotila
Department of Biology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Pilar Santidrián Tomillo
The Leatherback Trust, Goldring Marine Biology Station, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
Vincent S. Saba
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
Charles A. Stock
NOAA, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
Frank V. Paladino
Department of Biology, Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: ms454@drexel.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: PST FP JS. Performed the experiments: PST VS GB CS. Analyzed the data: PST VS GB CS. Wrote the paper: PST VS GB CS FP JS.