The use of RNA/DNA index as a fitness bioindicator in marine turtles: Príncipe Island as a case of study.

Given the vulnerability of the marine turtles populations in Principe Island (Sao Tome e Principe archipelago), especially the Mao Branca (C. mydas) and Sada (E. imbricata) turtles, it is urgent to develop projects that contribute to the deepening of knowledge about the conservation status of these populations. The analysis of the biological and ecological data referent to sea turtles, as well information about biotic and abiotic characteristics of nesting beaches will contribute to the strengthening of scientific knowledge, which is important for development and improvement of management plan. The main goal of this study is to evaluate the preservation status and vulnerability of the adult populations of the marine turtles, in particular inside reproduction areas, in order to improve the management plan and adapt it to the present situation of the Island. This work will be divided in three parts, where firstly the available knowledge of the biology and reproducibility of the marine turtles will be updated and enhanced. Secondly, we will try to find and characterize spatial patterns of nesting. Finally we will focus on the morphodynamism, biotic and abiotic characteristics of the spawning areas. After analyzing the data we expect to understand the status of these populations and which variables are affecting the welfare of the marine turtles in the Principe Island, contributing to the preservation of this species.

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0511 - Biology", "0521 - Ecology