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Marine ecologist 🌊 🤿 | PhD Candidate @UF @ACCSTR_UF | Scientists in Parks Fellow @ESA_org | Green turtle grazing dynamics in seagrass ecosystems | (she/her)
Sep 14, 2021 • 7 tweets • 6 min read
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A mechanism for compensatory growth in Thalassia testudinum meadows under cultivation #grazing by green turtles 🐢🌱
Green #seaturtle populations are recovering, resulting in ecosystem-wide shifts as #seagrass meadows are returned to a natural grazed state. A juvenile green turtle swims above a grazed area in a Carib 2/7 The green turtle grazing strategy, with long-term cultivation of meadows (see photo) and high foraging site fidelity, is distinct from other terrestrial and aquatic mega-herbivores, and may affect seagrass compensatory (i.e. stimulated) growth responses. A border of a grazed (left) and ungrazed (right) area in a C