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Diet Composition and Reproductive Energetics of a Rare and Declining Seabird, the Kittlitz's Murrelet


August 2008 - December 2010


Our primary objectives for this specific project are to:
(1) Characterize and describe the pre-breeding and post-breeding diet of adult KIMU in Icy Bay, Alaska, and, if permitting allows, evaluate long-term variation in diet using historical museum specimens;
(2) Understand the relationship between physiological factors (e.g., reproductive status) and diet of individual adult KIMU; and,
(3) Develop a reproductive energetics model to quantify energy and food requirements of adults during the breeding season.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 244

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 251

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 680

Scientific Publications: 1916

Presentations: 4259



Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey