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

Duration

February 2013 - December 2015

Narrative

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: 4

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 16

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 71

Presentations: 268

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Office of Naval Research

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Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  2. Oregon State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute