Barcode Long Island Team Sea Turtle Diet Analysis
Program:
Barcode Long Island
Year:
2018-19
Research Topic:
Wildlife & health
Taxonomic Group Studied:
Multiple - enter below

Project:

Sea Turtle Data Analysis
Students:
Angela Ochoa, Farihah Chowdhury
School:
William Floyd HS, Suffolk
Mentors:
Victoria D'Ambrosia

Abstract:

Sea turtle’s populations have been declining globally due to increasing amount of anthropogenic activities. For example, Chelonia mydas, Caretta caretta, and Lepidochelys kempii populations have become endangered (Donlan, C. J., et al, 2010). Little is known concerning sea turtle migration habits, diets and the impact of debris on sea turtles, which is potentially detrimental to the revitalization efforts. Due to restricted knowledge of this content, a fecal matter metabarcoding project of cold stunned sea turtles will be utilized to examine their diets. Samples will be analyzed for plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates with the amplification of the rbcl, 12S and the COI gene, and examined through the use of DNA subway Purple Line. In addition to this data, Infrared ration micro spectroscopy will be utilized at Brookhaven National Laboratory to identify micro plastics ingested. Anticipated results are that sea turtles, such as loggerheads, have a relationship between foraging environm

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