nest environments and egg physiology
Sea turtle embryos are literally ‘buried alive’; they develop inside eggs while buried in 40-100 cm of sand. Characteristics of the nest environment (e.g. temperature, oxygen, number of eggs) influence development of embryos and hatching success of clutches, and thus reproductive success of female turtles.
My research has dealt with how biological and physical factors affect embryonic development, as well as how females invest in their eggs and thus in their offspring.
review of leatherback egg and nest traits