Program Details

The Impact of the Changing Environment on Florida's Nesting Turtles - Delray Beach

Jeanette Wyneken

Course Description

OLLI at FAU on location in Delray Beach! The Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, which is now operating Old School Square, is hosting OLLI at FAU for a special series of lectures at the Square. The lectures will focus on South Florida climate and coastal issues. Join us at the Vintage Gym located at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Avenue (at Atlantic Avenue) in Downtown Delray Beach.  Free parking at the Old School Parking Garage located at 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, FL 33444.
Enjoy a day in Delray, come for the lecture and enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants located along the Square!

From the day they’re hatched, a sea turtle's life is a struggle for survival. For every 1,000 sea turtle eggs laid, only about one turtle reaches adulthood due to natural predators and other obstacles. Those that do make it face numerous threats from humans. Now, climate change is exposing sea turtles to even greater existential threats. Sea level rise, and stronger storms will erode and destroy their beach habitats. Since the temperature of the beach sand that female sea turtles nest in influences the sex of their offspring during incubation, our warming climate may be driving sea turtles into extinction by creating a shortage of males, according to several studies. Join Dr. Jeanette Wyneken as she shares her research and tells us what the future holds for these beloved sea creatures.

About the Instructor

  • Jeanette Wyneken, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where she has worked since 2000. Dr. Wyneken’s focus is integrative biology, comparative anatomy, and functional morphology and she has studied sea turtles for over 30 years. Jeanette earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. She is a member of the International Sea Turtle Society, the Society for Integrative Biology, and the Loggerhead Marinelife Center.