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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078785/risks-of-ocean-acidification-in-the-california-current-food-web-and-fisheries-ecosystem-model-projections
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Kristin N Marshall, Isaac C Kaplan, Emma E Hodgson, Albert Hermann, D Shallin Busch, Paul McElhany, Timothy E Essington, Chris J Harvey, Elizabeth A Fulton
The benefits and ecosystem services that humans derive from the oceans are threatened by numerous global change stressors, one of which is ocean acidification. Here, we describe the effects of ocean acidification on an upwelling system that already experiences inherently low pH conditions, the California Current. We used an end-to-end ecosystem model (Atlantis), forced by downscaled global climate models and informed by a meta-analysis of the pH sensitivities of local taxa, to investigate the direct and indirect effects of future pH on biomass and fisheries revenues...
January 12, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077776/odour-based-discrimination-of-similarity-at-the-major-histocompatibility-complex-in-birds
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Sarah Leclaire, Maria Strandh, Jérôme Mardon, Helena Westerdahl, Francesco Bonadonna
Many animals are known to preferentially mate with partners that are dissimilar at the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) in order to maximize the antigen binding repertoire (or disease resistance) in their offspring. Although several mammals, fish or lizards use odour cues to assess MHC similarity with potential partners, the ability of birds to assess MHC similarity using olfactory cues has not yet been explored. Here we used a behavioural binary choice test and high-throughput-sequencing of MHC class IIB to determine whether blue petrels can discriminate MHC similarity based on odour cues alone...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076351/ultra-fine-scale-spatially-integrated-mapping-of-habitat-and-occupancy-using-structure-from-motion
#3
Philip McDowall, Heather J Lynch
Organisms respond to and often simultaneously modify their environment. While these interactions are apparent at the landscape extent, the driving mechanisms often occur at very fine spatial scales. Structure-from-Motion (SfM), a computer vision technique, allows the simultaneous mapping of organisms and fine scale habitat, and will greatly improve our understanding of habitat suitability, ecophysiology, and the bi-directional relationship between geomorphology and habitat use. SfM can be used to create high-resolution (centimeter-scale) three-dimensional (3D) habitat models at low cost...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070279/legacy-or-colonization-posteruption-establishment-of-peregrine-falcons-falco-peregrinus-on-a-volcanically-active-subarctic-island
#4
Sarah A Sonsthagen, Jeffrey C Williams, Gary S Drew, Clayton M White, George K Sage, Sandra L Talbot
How populations and communities reassemble following disturbances are affected by a number of factors, with the arrival order of founding populations often having a profound influence on later populations and community structure. Kasatochi Island is a small volcano located in the central Aleutian archipelago that erupted violently August 8, 2008, sterilizing the island of avian biodiversity. Prior to the eruption, Kasatochi was the center of abundance for breeding seabirds in the central Aleutian Islands and supported several breeding pairs of peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus)...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069276/levels-of-ingested-debris-vary-across-species-in-canadian-arctic-seabirds
#5
Florence E Poon, Jennifer F Provencher, Mark L Mallory, Birgit M Braune, Paul A Smith
Plastic debris has become a major pollutant in the world's oceans and is found in many seabird species from low to high latitudes. Here we compare levels of plastic ingestion from two surface feeders, northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) and black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla), and two pursuit diving species, thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia) and black guillemots (Cepphus grylle) in the Canadian high Arctic. This is the first report quantifying plastic ingestion in kittiwakes in this region, and as predicted, kittiwakes and fulmars had higher frequency of plastic ingestion than guillemots and murres...
January 7, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064411/the-tick-acari-ixodidae-fauna-of-herald-s-beacon-islet-australia
#6
Mackenzie L Kwak, Kate Mintram
A rare opportunity to travel to Herald's Beacon Islet with permission from the Australian government to collect ticks allowed for a survey of the tick fauna of the island to be undertaken for the first time. The avian fauna of the island, which serve as hosts, was also recorded and includes one new species record for the island. The seabird soft tick Ornithodoros capensis Neumann and the seabird hard tick Amblyomma loculosum Neumann were found to be present on the island. Images of the ticks present on the island are presented along with morphological characters for their identification...
January 7, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063702/size-and-dynamics-of-microplastic-in-gastrointestinal-tracts-of-northern-fulmars-fulmarus-glacialis-and-sooty-shearwaters-ardenna-grisea
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Alicia K Terepocki, Alex T Brush, Lydia U Kleine, Gary W Shugart, Peter Hodum
We found microplastic in 89.5% of 143 Northern Fulmars from 2008 to 2013 and 64% of 25 Sooty Shearwaters in 2011-2012 that were found dead or stranded on Oregon and Washington beaches. Average plastic loads were 19.5 pieces and 0.461g for fulmars and 13.3 pieces and 0.335g for shearwaters. Pre-manufactured plastic pellets accounted for 8.5% of fulmar and 33% of shearwater plastic pieces. In both species, plastic in proventriculi averaged 2-3mm larger in greatest dimension than in ventriculi. Intestinal plastic in fulmars averaged 1mm less in greatest dimension than ventricular plastic...
January 4, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053057/better-the-devil-you-know-common-terns-stay-with-a-previous-partner-although-pair-bond-duration-does-not-affect-breeding-output
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Maren Rebke, Peter H Becker, Fernando Colchero
In a monogamous species two partners contribute to the breeding process. We study pair formation as well as the effect of pair bond length and age on breeding performance, incorporating individual heterogeneity, based on a high-quality dataset of a long-lived seabird, the common tern (Sterna hirundo). To handle missing information and model the complicated processes driving reproduction, we use a hierarchical Bayesian model of the steps that lead to the number of fledglings, including processes at the individual and the pair level...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052309/biotic-interactions-mediate-the-influence-of-bird-colonies-on-vegetation-and-soil-chemistry-at-aggregation-sites
#9
Daniel James Deans Natusch, Jessica Ann Lyons, Gregory P Brown, Richard Shine
Colonial-nesting organisms can strongly alter the chemical and biotic conditions around their aggregation sites, with cascading impacts on other components of the ecosystem. In tropical Australia, Metallic Starlings (Aplonis metallica) nest in large colonies far above the forest canopy, in emergent trees. The ground beneath those trees is open, in stark contrast to the dense foliage all around. We surveyed the areas beneath 27 colony trees (and nearby randomly chosen trees lacking bird colonies) to quantify the birds' impacts on soil and vegetation characteristics, and to test alternative hypotheses about the proximate mechanisms responsible for the lack of live vegetation beneath colony trees...
November 7, 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043389/occurrence-of-blood-parasites-in-seabirds-admitted-for-rehabilitation-in-the-western-cape-south-africa-2001-2013
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N J Parsons, N M Voogt, A M Schaefer, M A Peirce, R E T Vanstreels
Blood parasites are generally uncommon in seabirds, and knowledge on their epidemiology is further limited by the fact that they often inhabit remote locations that are logistically difficult or expensive to study. We present a long term data set of blood smear examinations of 1909 seabirds belonging to 27 species that were admitted to a rehabilitation centre in Cape Town (Western Cape, South Africa) between 2001 and 2013. Blood parasites were detected in 59% of species (16/27) and 29% of individuals examined (551/1909)...
January 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040587/towards-a-framework-for-quantifying-the-population-level-consequences-of-anthropogenic-pressures-on-the-environment-the-case-of-seabirds-and-windfarms
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Aonghais S C P Cook, Robert A Robinson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028864/genetic-structure-in-the-european-endemic-seabird-phalacrocorax-aristotelis-was-shaped-by-a-complex-interaction-of-historical-and-contemporary-physical-and-non-physical-drivers
#12
Evanthia Thanou, Stefano Sponza, Emily J Nelson, Annika Perry, Sarah Wanless, Francis Daunt, Stephen Cavers
Geographically separated populations tend to be less connected by gene flow, as a result of physical or non-physical barriers preventing dispersal, and this can lead to genetic structure. In this context, highly mobile organisms such as seabirds are interesting because the small effect of physical barriers means non-physical ones may be relatively more important. Here we use microsatellite and mitochondrial data to explore the genetic structure and phylogeography of Atlantic and Mediterranean populations of a European endemic seabird, the European Shag, Phalacrocorax aristotelis, and identify the primary drivers of their diversification...
December 28, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993060/origin-of-sulfur-in-diet-drives-spatial-and-temporal-mercury-trends-in-seabird-eggs-from-pacific-canada-1968-2015
#13
Kyle H Elliott, John E Elliott
Mercury (Hg) is a neurotoxin that can be particularly harmful to top predators because it biomagnifies through the food web. Due to variation in the food web structure, variation in Hg exposure in predators may represent variation in diet rather than Hg availability. We measured Hg in eggs from six seabird species (N = 537) over 47 years. In contrast to expectation, storm-petrels feeding partially on invertebrates had the highest Hg burden while herons feeding on large fish had the lowest Hg burden. A multiple regression showed that Hg correlated with δ(34)S (R(2) = 0...
December 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992578/environmental-predictors-of-seabird-wrecks-in-a-tropical-coastal-area
#14
Davi Castro Tavares, Jailson Fulgencio de Moura, Salvatore Siciliano
Beached bird surveys have been widely used to monitor the impact of oil pollution in the oceans. However, separating the combined effects of oil pollution, environmental variables and methodological aspects of beach monitoring on seabird stranding patterns is a challenging task. The effects of a comprehensive set of oceanographic and climatic variables and oil pollution on seabird strandings in a tropical area of Brazil were investigated herein, using two robust and innovative methods: Generalized Linear Mixed Models and Structural Equation Modeling...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986298/long-term-monitoring-study-of-beached-seabirds-shows-that-chronic-oil-pollution-in-the-southern-north-sea-has-almost-halted
#15
Eric W M Stienen, Wouter Courtens, Marc Van de Walle, Nicolas Vanermen, Hilbran Verstraete
Trends in oil rates of beached seabirds reflect temporal and spatial patterns in chronic oil pollution at sea. We analysed a long-term dataset of systematic beached bird surveys along the Belgian North Sea coast during 1962-2015, where extreme high oil contamination rates and consequently high mortality rates of seabirds during the 1960s used to coincide with intensive ship traffic. In the 1960s, >90% of all swimming seabirds that washed ashore were contaminated with oil and estimated oil-induced mortality of seabirds was probably several times higher than natural mortality...
December 13, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957336/physical-condition-and-stress-levels-during-early-development-reflect-feeding-rates-and-predict-pre-and-post-fledging-survival-in-a-nearshore-seabird
#16
Juliet S Lamb, Kathleen M O'Reilly, Patrick G R Jodice
The effects of acute environmental stressors on reproduction in wildlife are often difficult to measure because of the labour and disturbance involved in collecting accurate reproductive data. Stress hormones represent a promising option for assessing the effects of environmental perturbations on altricial young; however, it is necessary first to establish how stress levels are affected by environmental conditions during development and whether elevated stress results in reduced survival and recruitment rates...
2016: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912006/cascading-effects-of-predation-risk-determine-how-marine-predators-become-terrestrial-prey-on-an-oceanic-island
#17
Sarah K Thomsen, David J Green
Apex predators can suppress the foraging activity of mesopredators, which may then result in cascading benefits for the prey of those mesopredators. We studied the interactions between a top predator, the Barn Owl (Tyto alba), and their primary prey, an island endemic deer mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus elusus), which in turn consumes the eggs of seabirds nesting on Santa Barbara Island in California. Scripps's Murrelets (Synthliboramphus scrippsi), a threatened nocturnal seabird, arrive annually to breed on this island, and whose first egg is particularly vulnerable to predation by mice...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902754/how-do-growth-and-sibling-competition-affect-telomere-dynamics-in-the-first-month-of-life-of-long-lived-seabird
#18
Yuichi Mizutani, Yasuaki Niizuma, Ken Yoda
Telomeres are nucleotide sequences located at the ends of chromosomes that promote genome stability. Changes in telomere length (dynamics) are related to fitness or life expectancy, and telomere dynamics during the development phase are likely to be affected by growth and stress factors. Here, we examined telomere dynamics of black-tailed gull chicks (Larus crassirostris) in nests with and without siblings. We found that the initial telomere lengths of singletons at hatching were longer than those of siblings, indicating that singletons are higher-quality chicks than siblings in terms of telomere length...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891228/a-probabilistic-algorithm-to-process-geolocation-data
#19
Benjamin Merkel, Richard A Phillips, Sébastien Descamps, Nigel G Yoccoz, Børge Moe, Hallvard Strøm
BACKGROUND: The use of light level loggers (geolocators) to understand movements and distributions in terrestrial and marine vertebrates, particularly during the non-breeding period, has increased dramatically in recent years. However, inferring positions from light data is not straightforward, often relies on assumptions that are difficult to test, or includes an element of subjectivity. RESULTS: We present an intuitive framework to compute locations from twilight events collected by geolocators from different manufacturers...
2016: Movement Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888383/relationships-between-blood-mercury-levels-reproduction-and-return-rate-in-a-small-seabird
#20
Ingrid L Pollet, Marty L Leonard, Nelson J O'Driscoll, Neil M Burgess, Dave Shutler
Mercury (Hg) is a ubiquitous heavy metal that occurs naturally in the environment, but its levels have been supplemented for decades by a variety of human activities. Mercury can have serious deleterious effects on a variety of organisms, with top predators being particularly susceptible because methylmercury bioaccumulates and biomagnifies in food webs. Among birds, seabirds can have especially high levels of Hg contamination and Leach's storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), in particular, have amongst the highest known levels...
January 2017: Ecotoxicology
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