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Determining the Movement Patterns and Habitat Use of Seabirds to Support Marine Spatial Planning Along the Atlantic Coast

White-tailed Tropicbird with global location sensor, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas


October 2011 - December 2012


We will use remote tracking technologies such as satellite transmitters and global location sensors to track movements and map use areas of individual seabirds along the Atlantic coast. We will target seabirds that are likely to use areas off of the mid-Atlantic coast. Data will allow us to better understand the link between multiple and widespread geographic regions such as the nearshore and pelagic zones of the mid- and south Atlantic US coasts and the islands and waters of The Bahamas and Caribbean. The proposed effort will build upon ongoing work by the PI.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Jodice, P.G.R., R.A. Ronconi, E. Rupp, G.E. Wallace, Y. Satge. 2015. First satellite tracks of the endangered Black-capped Petrel. Endangered Species Research 29:23-33. doi: 10.3354/esr00697 Abstract |  Download  | 


  • Wakefield, E.D., and 50 authors including P.G.R. Jodice. 2012. A newly described seabird diversity hotspot in the deep northwest Atlantic identified using individual movement data. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Jodice, P.G.R., W. Mackin, Y. Satge, C. Poli*, A-L. Harrison, R.A Phillips. 2014. Bahamian seabirds transition from Caribbean to mid-latitude and pelagic waters between the breeding and nonbreeding seasons. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Juneau, Alaska.
  • Poli, C., A-L. Harrison, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Foraging ecology of Masked Boobies breeding in the Gulf of Mexico. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Juneau, Alaska.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235



Funding Agencies

  • CESU


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey