Climate Change impacts on seabird phenology, chick growth and provisioning in the Gulf of Maine




USGS Northeast Climate Science Center

National Audubon Seabird Restoration Program


Faculty Advisors:  

Michelle Staudinger

Adrian Jordaan


Ecological and Management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the Northeast CSC region

Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, Seabird Management (May-Aug)


Project Abstract:

The National Audubon Seabird Restoration Program has collected over 25 years of data on three migratory tern species in the Gulf of Maine: the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), the Arctic Tern (S. paradisaea) and the federally endangered Roseate Tern (S. dougallii). I will use this long-term data set to quantify changes chick growth, provisioning and phenology in response to physical changes in the environment. This project will make a contribution to understanding how both cross-trophic-level interactions and changing environmental conditions are impacting tern populations at a local level in the GOM.

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