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Sea Turtles- A Case Study

The case study on sea turtles will allow students to think about field work and examine graphs to understand data. It will provide experience for non-majors environmental science classes to think about field work.

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group Investigating socio-environmental issues with data

Version 1.0 - published on 08 May 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4Q399 - cite this

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Adapted from: Globally endangered sea turtles of the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge: A Focus on Scientific Analysis v 1.0


Examining sea turtle populations may seem very abstract to non-science majors.  This case study will provide students with the opportunity to understand sea turtles, what role they play in an ecosystem, their complex life cycle, and understanding population data.  This case study will also enable students to think about field work and the problems they might face.  This will allow students to work in a group to brainstorm answers to questions once they have received the background information on the case study.  Then students will look at two graphs and answer questions based on the data.

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This is a brief exercise to help non-science majors understand population distributions and graphs, as well as the use of field work.

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