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Research Article

Historical versus Contemporary Climate Forcing on the Annual Nesting Variability of Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

  • Michael D. Arendt mail,

    arendtm@dnr.sc.gov

    Affiliations: Marine Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America

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  • Jeffrey A. Schwenter,

    Affiliation: Marine Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America

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  • Blair E. Witherington,

    Affiliation: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Melbourne Beach, Florida, United States of America

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  • Anne B. Meylan,

    Affiliation: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America

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  • Vincent S. Saba

    Affiliation: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

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  • Published: December 05, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081097

About the Authors

Michael D. Arendt, Jeffrey A. Schwenter
Marine Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
Michael D. Arendt
Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, United States of America
Blair E. Witherington
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Melbourne Beach, Florida, United States of America
Anne B. Meylan
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America
Vincent S. Saba
National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: arendtm@dnr.sc.gov

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: MDA JAS VSS BEW ABM. Performed the experiments: MDA JAS. Analyzed the data: MDA JAS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MDA JAS VSS. Wrote the paper: MDA JAS VSS. Provided nest count data: BEW ABM. Approved of the analytical format in advance: BEW ABM. Contributed editorially to manuscript completion: BEW ABM.