URI grad finds habitat disturbance endangers turtle species

UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND wildlife conservation doctoral graduate Scott Buchanan holds a snapping turtle during his research into Rhode Island wetlands. / COURTESY SCOTT BUCHANAN
UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND wildlife conservation doctoral graduate Scott Buchanan holds a snapping turtle during his research into Rhode Island wetlands. / COURTESY SCOTT BUCHANAN
SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After repeated visits to 88 separate wetlands in Rhode Island over three years, recent University of Rhode Island wildlife conservation doctoral graduate Scott Buchanan found the habitat of the indigenous spotted turtle has decreased. During this time, Buchanan, with the aid of associate professor Nancy Karraker, captured nearly 2,000 turtles – 50…

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