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Spatial Ecology of Brown Pelicans in the South Atlantic Bight

Duration

September 2016 - December 2018

Narrative

Nearshore seabirds such as Brown Pelicans can serve as a valuable indicator species for ecosystem health in marine, coastal and estuarine systems because they are transboundary in nature and integrate information across a range of trophic systems. Furthermore, pelicans are a species of conservation concern for most states in the Gulf region (as well as the Southern Atlantic states). Prior to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) spill, however, little research effort was invested on examining the foraging ecology, reproductive success, movement patterns, or health of Brown Pelicans in the Gulf. The sparse availability of such data for pelicans resulted in a relatively incomplete picture of pelican ecology in a pre-spill environment. This RWO will address information gaps relative to Brown Pelicans in the South Atlantic Bight and provide baseline ecological information for the species in the region.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USGS

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