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Are we working towards global research priorities for management and conservation of sea turtles?

Rees, A. F., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Barata, P. C.R., Bjorndal, K. A., Bolten, A. B., Bourjea, J., Broderick, A. C., Campbell, L. M., Cardona, L., Carreras, C., Casale, P., Ceriani, S. A., Dutton, P. H., Eguchi, T., Formia, A., Fuentes, M. M. P. B., Fuller, W. J., Girondot, M., Godfrey, M. H., Hamann, M., Hart, K. M., Hays, Graeme C., Hochscheid, S., Kaska, Y., Jensen, M. P., Mangel, J. C., Mortimer, J. A., Naro-Maciel, E., Ng, C. K. Y., Nichols, W. J., Phillott, A. D., Reina, R. D., Revuelta, O., Schofield, Gail, Seminoff, J. A., Shanker, K., Tomás, J., van de Merwe, J. P., Van Houtan, K. S., Vander Zanden, H. B., Wallace, B. P., Wedemeyer-Strombel, K. R., Work, T. M. and Godley, B. J. 2016, Are we working towards global research priorities for management and conservation of sea turtles?, Endangered species research, vol. 31, pp. 337-382, doi: 10.3354/esr00801.

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Title Are we working towards global research priorities for management and conservation of sea turtles?
Author(s) Rees, A. F.
Alfaro-Shigueto, J.
Barata, P. C.R.
Bjorndal, K. A.
Bolten, A. B.
Bourjea, J.
Broderick, A. C.
Campbell, L. M.
Cardona, L.
Carreras, C.
Casale, P.
Ceriani, S. A.
Dutton, P. H.
Eguchi, T.
Formia, A.
Fuentes, M. M. P. B.
Fuller, W. J.
Girondot, M.
Godfrey, M. H.
Hamann, M.
Hart, K. M.
Hays, Graeme C.ORCID iD for Hays, Graeme C. orcid.org/0000-0002-3314-8189
Hochscheid, S.
Kaska, Y.
Jensen, M. P.
Mangel, J. C.
Mortimer, J. A.
Naro-Maciel, E.
Ng, C. K. Y.
Nichols, W. J.
Phillott, A. D.
Reina, R. D.
Revuelta, O.
Schofield, GailORCID iD for Schofield, Gail orcid.org/0000-0002-8438-4181
Seminoff, J. A.
Shanker, K.
Tomás, J.
van de Merwe, J. P.
Van Houtan, K. S.
Vander Zanden, H. B.
Wallace, B. P.
Wedemeyer-Strombel, K. R.
Work, T. M.
Godley, B. J.
Journal name Endangered species research
Volume number 31
Start page 337
End page 382
Total pages 46
Publisher Inter-Research
Place of publication Oldendorf, Germany
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1863-5407
1613-4796
Keyword(s) sea turtle
marine conservation
evidence-based conservation
systematic review
research prioritisation
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Biodiversity Conservation
Biodiversity & Conservation
GULF-OF-MEXICO
LOGGERHEAD CARETTA-CARETTA
FIBROPAPILLOMA-ASSOCIATED HERPESVIRUS
JUVENILE GREEN TURTLES
ERETMOCHELYS-IMBRICATA LINNAEUS
PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
MYDAS TESTUDINES CHELONIIDAE
MARINE DEBRIS INGESTION
WESTERN NORTH-ATLANTIC
EASTERN PACIFIC-OCEAN
Summary In 2010, an international group of 35 sea turtle researchers refined an initial list of more than 200 research questions into 20 metaquestions that were considered key for management and conservation of sea turtles. These were classified under 5 categories: reproductive biology, biogeography, population ecology, threats and conservation strategies. To obtain a picture of how research is being focused towards these key questions, we undertook a systematic review of the peer-reviewed literature (2014 and 2015) attributing papers to the original 20 questions. In total, we reviewed 605 articles in full and from these 355 (59%) were judged to substantively address the 20 key questions, with others focusing on basic science and monitoring. Progress to answering the 20 questions was not uniform, and there were biases regarding focal turtle species, geographic scope and publication outlet. Whilst it offers some meaningful indications as to effort, quantifying peer-reviewed literature output is obviously not the only, and possibly not the best, metric for understanding progress towards informing key conservation and management goals. Along with the literature review, an international group based on the original project consortium was assigned to critically summarise recent progress towards answering each of the 20 questions. We found that significant research is being expended towards global priorities for management and conservation of sea turtles. Although highly variable, there has been significant progress in all the key questions identified in 2010. Undertaking this critical review has highlighted that it may be timely to undertake one or more new prioritizing exercises. For this to have maximal benefit we make a range of recommendations for its execution. These include a far greater engagement with social sciences, widening the pool of contributors and focussing the questions, perhaps disaggregating ecology and conservation.
Language eng
DOI 10.3354/esr00801
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30100211

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