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Evaluation of Caspian tern management to reduce predation on ESA-listed salmonids in the Columbia Plateau region

Duration

February 2013 - March 2019

Narrative

This study is designed to evaluate the foraging behavior and colony connectivity of Caspian terns (Hydroprogne caspia) nesting on Goose Island in Potholes Reservoir, with particular emphasis on predation by terns from this colony on ESA-listed juvenile salmonids (Oncorhynchus spp.) from the upper Columbia River.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Connon, R.E., L.S. D’Abronzo, N.J. Hostetter, A Javidmehr, D.D. Roby, A.F. Evans, F.J. Loge, and I. Werner. 2012. Transcription profiling in environmental diagnostics: Health assessments in Columbia River basin steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Environmental Science and Technology 46:6081-6087. Abstract | 
  • Hostetter, N.J., B. Gardner, A.F. Evans, B.M. Cramer, Q. Payton, K. Collis, and D.D. Roby. Wanted dead or alive: A state-space mark-recapture-recovery model incorporating multiple recovery types and state uncertainty.

Thesis

  • Hostetter, N.J. 2010. Susceptibility of juvenile salmonids to avian predation: Are Caspian terns and double-crested cormorants only taking the sick and injured? M.S. Thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR. 123 pp.
  • Schniedermeyer, E. 2018. The response of Caspian Terns to managed reductions in nesting habitat in the Columbia Plateau region, Washington State, USA. M.S. thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. 87 pp.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Public Utility District No. 2 of Grant County, Washington

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey