Abigail Parker

PhD Candidate 

Abi’s PhD aims to explore the role maternal influence plays in determining reproductive success of sea turtles, with a focus on leatherback turtles. Specifically, she will be investigating intrinsic factors of the female, including nesting experience and reproductive output, in relation to hatching success. In addition, she aims to investigate differences in reproductive success between turtle species. In leatherbacks, some females consistently produce nests with a high hatching success, whilst others are consistently poorer. She hopes to address research questions including: what are the metrics for being a successful mother, and why do some females have consistently better reproductive success than others? Finally, she will also be aiming to look at the role maternal transfer of pollutants can play in affecting hatching success, possibly in freshwater turtle species.