Green Sea Turtles: A Discrete Simulation of Density-Dependent Population Regulation

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Science  28 Feb 1969:
Vol. 163, Issue 3870, pp. 939-941
DOI: 10.1126/science.163.3870.939


Field data on the nesting of the green sea turtle were used to construct a stochastic model. This model was simulated by use of a digital computer language simscript (Monte Carlo) to determine the relation between the percentage of nests destroyed and the size of the turtle population. Nest destruction is dependent on population density and provides a mechanism to regulate population size.

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