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Mapping Physical Characteristics of the Columbia River Mouth Using Transmittered Diving Waterbirds


February 2013 - December 2015


We propose to use two species of diving waterbirds, double-crested cormorants and Brandt’s cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus and P. penicillatus), as sampling platforms to map a variety of physical characteristics at the mouth of the Columbia River (MCR; e.g., temperature, conductivity, depth, and bedform morphology). This work would enhance the physical characterization at the MCR, which is a primary objective of the RIVIT II DRI, and expand on the animal-based sampling that the RIVIT II DRI has previously supported. The study would leverage off of our telemetry and other research experience with cormorants and other waterbirds at the MCR.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4410



Funding Agencies

  • Office of Naval Research


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey