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List of scientific publications relating to the North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program by themes:


Gammon M, Fossette S, McGrath G, Mitchell N (2020). A systematic review of metabolic heat in sea turtle nests and methods to model its impact on hatching success. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8: 556379

Mayne B, Tucker AD, Berry O, Jarman S (2020). Lifespan estimation in marine turtles using genomic promoter CpG density. PLoS One 15: e0236888

Salmon M, Wyneken J, Hamann M, Whiting S (2016). Early growth and development of morphological defenses in post-hatchling flatbacks (Natator depressus) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology 49, 421-435



Wilson P, Thums, M, Pattiaratchi C, Whiting S, Meekan M, Pendoley K. (2021). Nearshore wave characteristics as cues for swimming orientation in flatback turtle hatchlings. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 535, 151475

Jonsen ID, Patterson TA, Costa DP, Doherty PD, Godley BJ, Grecian WJ, Guinet C, Hoenner X, Kienle S, Robinson P, Votier S, Whiting S, Witt M, Hindell M, Harcourt R McMahon C. (2020). A continuous-time state-space model for rapid quality-control of Argos locations from animal-borne tags. Movement Ecology 8: 31

Hays GC, Bailey H, Bograd SJ, Bowen WD, Campagna C, Carmichael RH, Casale P, Chiaradia A, Costa D, Cuevas E, Nico de Bruyn PJ, Dias M, Duarte C, Dunn D, Dutton P, Esteban N, Friedlaender A, Goetz K, Godley B, Halpin P, Hamann M, Hammerschlag N, Harcourt R, Harrison AL, Hazen E, Heupel M, Hoyt E, Humphries N, Kot C, Lea J, Palacious D, Phillips R, Righton D, Schofield G, Seminoff J, Simpfendorfer C, Sims D, Takahashi A, Tetley M, Thums M, Trathan P, Villegas-Amtmann S, Wells R, Whiting S, Wildermann N, Sequeira A. (2019). Translating marine animal tracking data into conservation policy and management. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34, 459-473

Waayers D, Tucker T, Whiting S, Groom R, Vanderklift M, Pilans R, Rossendall J, Pendoley K, Hoenner X, Thums M, Dethmers K, Limpus C, Wirsling A, McMahon C, Strydom A, Whittock P, Howlett K, Oades D, McFarlane G, Duke T, Guinea M, Whiting A, Speirs M, King J, Hattingh K, Heithaus M, Mau R, Holley D. (2019). Satellite tracking of marine turtles in south-eastern Indian Ocean: a review of deployments spanning 1990-2016. Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter 29, 23-37

Robson NA, Hetzel Y, Whiting S, Wijeratne S, Pattiaratchi CB, Withers P, Thums, M. (2017). Use of particle tracking to determine optimal release dates and locations for rehabilitated neonate sea turtles. Frontiers in Marine Science 4, 1-15

Thums M, Whiting SD, Reisser JW, Pendoley KL, Pattiaratchi CB, Harcourt RG, McMahon C, Meekan M. (2013). Tracking sea turtle hatchlings: a pilot study using acoustic telemetry. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 440, 156-163

Hoenner X, Whiting SD, Hindell MA, McMahon CR (2012). Enhancing the use of Argos satellite data for home range and long distance migration studies of marine animals. PLoS One 7, 1-10



FitzSimmons NN, Pittard SD, McIntyre N, Jensen MP, Guinea M, Hamann M, Kennet R, Leis B, Limpus C, Limpus DJ, McCann MJ, MacDonald AJ, McFarlane G, Parmenter CJ, Pendoley K, Prince RT, Scheltinga L, Theissinger K, Tucker AD, Waayers D, Whiting A, Whiting S (2020). Phylogeography, genetic stocks, and conservation implications for an Australian endemic marine turtle. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 30, 440-460



Bentley BP, Kearney MR, Whiting SD, Mitchell NJ (2020). Microclimate modelling of beach sand temperatures reveals high spatial and temporal variation at sea turtle rookeries. Journal of Thermal Biology 88: 102522

Johansen MP, Child DP, Hotchkis MAC, Johansen A, Thiruvoth S, Whiting SD (2020). Radionuclides in sea turtles at the Montebello Islands former nuclear test sites: current and historical dose rates for adults and embryos. Marine Pollution Bulletin 158: 111390

Johansen MP, Child DP, Cresswell T, Harrison JJ, Hotchkis MAC, Howell NR, Johansen A, Sdraulig S, Thiruvoth S, Young E, Whiting S. (2019). Plutonium and other radionuclides persist across marine-to-terrestrial ecotopes in the Montebello Islands sixty years after nuclear tests. Science of the Total Environment 691, 572-583

Wilson P, Thums M, Pattiaratchi C, Whiting S, Pendoley K, Ferreira LC, Meekan M. (2019). High predation of marine turtle hatchlings near a coastal jetty. Biological Conservation 236, 571-579

Wilson P, Thums M, Pattiaratchi C, Meekan M, Pendoley K, Fisher R, Whiting S. (2018). Artificial light disrupts the nearshore dispersal of neonate flatback turtles Natator depressus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 600, 179-192

Butt N, Whiting S, Dethmers K (2016). Identifying future sea turtle conservation areas under climate change. Biological Conservation 204, 189-196

Tedeschi JN, Kennington WJ, Tomkins JL, Berry O, Whiting S, Meekan MG, Mitchell N. (2016). Heritable variation in heat shock gene expression: a potential mechanism for adaptation to thermal stress in embryos of sea turtles. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B 283, 1-7

Stubbs JL, Kearney MR, Whiting SD, Mitchell NJ (2014). Models of primary sex ratios at a major flatback turtle rookery show an anomalous masculinising trend. Global Climate Change 1, 1-18

Others of interest

Maxwell SM, Broderick AC, Dutton PH, Fossette-Halot S, Fuentes MMPB, Reina RD (2019). Editorial: Advances in the biology and conservation of marine turtles. Frontiers in Marine Science 6: 9

Bevan E, Whiting S, Tucker T, Guinea M, Raith A, Douglas, R (2018). Measuring behavioral responses of sea turtles, saltwater crocodiles, and crested terns to drone disturbance to define ethical operating thresholds. PLoS One 13, 1-17

Kendrick A, Wilson S, Friedman K, Waples K, Whiting S, Holmes T, Rule M, Halford A, Quartermaine T, Bobojcov A, McCarthy A, Stevens D, Marshall R, Barnes P, Holley D, Jennings P, Evans M, Dasey M, Ossinger S, Holmes J. (2016). Strategic marine ecological research priorities for CALM Act marine parks and reserves 2016-2021. Conservation Science Western Australia 10, 1-15

Simpson CJ, Beger M, Coleman JG, Friedman KJ, Hill AK, Kendrick AJ, Waples K, Whiting S, Wilson P. (2015). Prioritisation of conservation research and monitoring for Western Australian protected areas and threatened species. Conservation Science Western Australia 9, 227-237