Title

Population Estimate Of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys Terrapin) In Grice Cove, Sc

Author(s)

Katelyn Kraichely

School Name

South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Environmental Science

Presentation Type

Mentored

Mentor

Mentors: Erin Levesque, Inshore Fisheries, SC Department of Natural Resources

Oral Presentation Award

1st Place

Written Paper Award

2nd Place

Abstract

Diamondback terrapin populations have been threatened since the 19th century, and new and serious threats have emerged in recent times. Declines have been noted in New Jersey and the Chesapeake areas. Monitoring a population is a key tool to preventing declines. In this study, we collected mark-recapture data from a small population in Grice Cove, SC, a small cove in Charleston Harbor. The population size was found to be 189.931 with a standard error of 19.1122, which was much less than the expected value. Other data collected on size and sex distribution showed little evidence of anthropogenic mortality in this population.

Start Date

4-11-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

4-11-2015 9:15 AM

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Apr 11th, 9:00 AM Apr 11th, 9:15 AM

Population Estimate Of Diamondback Terrapins (Malaclemys Terrapin) In Grice Cove, Sc

Diamondback terrapin populations have been threatened since the 19th century, and new and serious threats have emerged in recent times. Declines have been noted in New Jersey and the Chesapeake areas. Monitoring a population is a key tool to preventing declines. In this study, we collected mark-recapture data from a small population in Grice Cove, SC, a small cove in Charleston Harbor. The population size was found to be 189.931 with a standard error of 19.1122, which was much less than the expected value. Other data collected on size and sex distribution showed little evidence of anthropogenic mortality in this population.