Ph.D. University of Florida, 1979
320 Carr Hall
I have two research fields: nutritional ecology with an emphasis on vertebrate herbivores and the biology of sea turtles. My nutritional ecology research focuses on how and to what extent nutrition acts as a controlling mechanism on an organism’s growth and reproductive output. I am also interested in the interrelationships of diet selection, digestive processing, gut fermentations, and gut morphology. My sea turtle research interests are very broad, but studies are integrated into two themes: the past and present roles of sea turtles in marine ecosystems and connectivity of sea turtle populations in the Atlantic. I am particularly interested in studies of foraging ecology, growth, and demography.
- Bjorndal, K.A., B.W. Bowen, M. Chaloupka, L.B. Crowder, S.S. Heppell, C.M. Jones, M.E. Lutcavage, D. Policansky, A.R. Solow, and B.E. Witherington. 2011. From crisis to opportunity: Better science needed for restoration in the Gulf of Mexico. Science 331:537-538.
- Vander Zanden, H.B., K.A. Bjorndal, K.J. Reich, and A.B. Bolten. 2010. Individual specialists in a generalist population: results from a long-term stable isotope series. Biology Letters 6:711-714.
- Bjorndal, K.A. and A.B. Bolten. 2010. Hawksbill sea turtles in seagrass pastures: success in a peripheral habitat. Marine Biology 157:135-145.
- Pajuelo, M., K.A. Bjorndal, J. Alfaro-Shigueto, J.A. Seminoff, J.C. Mangel, and A.B. Bolten. 2010. Stable isotope variation in loggerhead turtles reveals Pacific-Atlantic oceanographic differences. Marine Ecology Progress Series 417:277-285.
- National Research Council. 2010. Assessment of sea-turtle status and trends: integrating demography and abundance. National Academies Press, Washington, DC. 162 pages. Authors: K.A. Bjorndal (chair), B.W. Bowen, M. Chaloupka, L.B. Crowder, S.S. Heppell, C.M. Jones, M.E. Lutcavage, D. Policansky, A.R. Solow, and B.E. Witherington.
- Roark, A.M., K.A. Bjorndal, and A.B. Bolten. 2009. Compensatory responses to food restriction in juvenile green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Ecology 90:2524–2534.
- Roark, A.M. and K.A. Bjorndal. 2009. Metabolic rate depression is induced by caloric restriction and correlates with rate of development and lifespan in a parthenogenetic insect. Experimental Gerontology 44:413–419.
- Bjorndal, K.A. and A.B. Bolten. 2008. Annual variation in source contributions to a mixed stock: implications for quantifying connectivity. Molecular Ecology 17:2185–2193.
- Pfaller, J.B., C.J. Limpus, and K.A. Bjorndal. 2008. Nest-site selection in individual loggerhead turtles and consequences for doomed-egg relocation. Conservation Biology 23:72–80.
- Reich, K.J., K.A. Bjorndal, and A.B. Bolten. 2007. The lost years of green turtles: using stable isotopes to study cryptic lifestages. Biology Letters 3:712–714.
- Moran, K.L. and K.A. Bjorndal. 2005. Simulated green turtle grazing affects structure and productivity of seagrass pastures. Marine Ecology Progress Series 305:235-247.
- Pryor, G.S. and K.A. Bjorndal. 2005. Effects of the nematode Gyrinicola batrachiensis on development, gut morphology, and fermentation in bullfrog tadpoles (Rana catesbeiana): A novel mutualism. Journal of Experimental Zoology 303A:704-712.
- Tiwari, M., K.A. Bjorndal, A.B. Bolten, and B.M. Bolker. 2005. Intraspecific application of the mid-domain effect model: spatial and temporal nest distributions of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, at Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Ecology Letters 8:918–924
Current Graduate Students
|Robert Johnsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||Green turtles and seagrass ecosystems|
|Mariela Pajueloemail@example.com||Sea turtle migrations & foraging ecology|
|Joe Pfallerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Systematics and ecology of rafting crabs|
|Luciano Soaresemail@example.com||Hybridization in sea turtle populations|
Current Postdocs and Visitors
|Marco García Cruzfirstname.lastname@example.org||Biology of Aves Island green turtles|