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Event Information:

  • Tue
    06
    Sep
    2016
    The Sex Life of the Northern Map Turtle: What goes on above and below the surface
    7:30 pmArnprior Curling Club, 15 Galvin St., Arnprior, ON

    Our Presenter:

    Dr.  Grégory Bulté is a biology instructor at Carleton University where he teaches lecture-based and field courses about animal biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology.

    The Presentation:

    The reproductive behaviours of aquatic turtles are poorly understood due to the difficulties of studying these animals under natural conditions. Since 2003, I have been studying the ecology and behaviour of the northern map turtle in Lake Opinicon. Using a wide range of field techniques, my collaborators and I have uncovered many aspects of the reproductive biology of this fascinating creature. I will share with you the most exciting highlights of this on-going work as well as some tantalizing unanswered questions.

    Biography:

    Grégory Bulté is a biology instructor at Carleton University where he teaches lecture-based and field courses in the areas of animal biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. He is particularly interested in the behaviour, conservation, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles and has been spearheading a long-term ecological study on the northern map turtle in Lake Opinicon.

    Grégory first completed a college degree in biological techniques which ignited his interest for wildlife research. He then completed an undergraduate degree in biology at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières followed by a PhD in biology at the University of Ottawa, and a post-doctoral fellowship at Carleton University.

     

    Photo by Michael Runtz

    Basking allows northern map turtles to elevate their body temperature and absorb energy. Photo by Michael Runtz