USGS Pacific Seabird Research

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Alaska's coastal and offshore waters provide foraging habitat for an estimated 100 million birds comprising more than 90 different species. Researchers at the USGS Alaska Science Center work in collaboration with many partner agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and rehabilitation centers to investigate seabirds. USGS ecosystems research is focused on increasing our understanding of factors that influence the abundance, distribution, prey, behavior, movement, habitat use, threats, and the response of seabirds to changes in the marine environment. From counting seabirds at sea or on nesting colonies to assessing population status and modeling seabird response to climate variability, we depend on energetic, creative, and dedicated teams of scientists to brave the outdoor elements and the constantly changing analytical challenges that must be overcome to properly interpret changes in complex environments.

For more information about USGS seabird research and how you can get involved, visit the links below.

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Location Taken: AK, US

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Caitlin Marsteller (narrator), John Pearce.

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The U.S. Geological Survey is the science research bureau for the U.S. Department of the Interior. conduct research on the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change.

What many people may not know about the USGS is the breadth of our ecosystems research across North America and around the world. USGS scientists often work in exciting and challenging environments where they address fundamental research questions.  Our ecosystems research is focused on the science needed by Department of the Interior management agencies. This includes research on emerging topics facing our natural world, on the health and status of species and their habitats, and on concerns the public may have for our planet’s ecosystems.

With respect to Pacific seabirds, USGS ecosystems research is focused on increasing our understanding of factors that influence the abundance, distribution, prey, behavior, movement, habitat use, threats, and response of seabirds to changes in the marine environment. Some of the questions we are working to address include the following: How are patterns of seabird abundance and distribution in the Pacific Ocean changing, and what are mechanisms of change? How are seabirds and their prey affected by periodic extreme fluctuations in ocean water temperature? How can seabirds, as top predators in marine ecosystems, inform overall resource management?

From counting seabirds at sea or on nesting colonies to assessing population status and modeling seabird response to climate variability, we depend on energetic, creative, and dedicated teams of scientists to brave the outdoor elements and the constantly changing analytical challenges that must be overcome to properly interpret changes in complex environments. For more information about USGS seabird research and how you can get involved, visit the links below.