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Health and Movement Patterns of Bahamian Seabirds

White-tailed Tropicbird chick in nest crevice, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas


September 2008 - January 2010


Seabirds are sampled for avian influenza at colonies in the Exuma Cays, Bahamas. Geolocators are deployed on two seabird species, Audubon's Shearwater and White-tailed Tropicbird, to map annual movement patterns. These are the first efforts to map annual movements of seabirds from this region. Data will be used in conservation planning throughout the northwest Atlantic basin.

Research Products and Activities


  • Jodice, P.G.R., W. Mackin, J.A. Arnold, R. Phillips. 2009. Do Audubon’s Shearwaters alternate between long and short foraging trips when provisioning young? Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Hakodate, Japan [Poster]
  • Jodice, P.G.R., W. Mackin, J.A. Arnold, R. Phillips. 2009. Movement patterns of Audubon’s Shearwaters breeding in the Bahamas. Atlantic Seabird Symposium, Waterbird Society Annual Meeting, Cape May, New Jersey.
  • Jodice, P.G.R., W. Mackin, J.A. Arnold, R. Phillips. 2010. Movement patterns of Audubon’s Shearwaters and White-tailed Tropicbirds as determined by geolocators. First World Seabird Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Biological Resources


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey