The goal of this group is to enhance our understanding of seabird movement patterns and habitat-use at sea in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. We do this by using the full range of tracking technologies that are available including satellite tags, geolocators, nanotags, GPS, and VHF. We cooperate formally and informally on the deployment of these tags and the resultant data analysis. Research focuses on a variety of topics including foraging trip characteristics and how these differ throughout the annual cycle, interactions of seabirds with energy infrastructure in the offshore environment, foraging site fidelity at sea, use of Marine Protected Areas, and migration routes. The scientists here work closely with the North Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative which also seeks to better understand the distribution and abundance of seabirds at sea. Together, our research extends from the Maritime Provinces of Canada through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to the South Atlantic. The birds we tag disperse throughout the North and South Atlantic and as such our research uniquely covers a significant portion of our Earth's oceans.
These pages are under construction. The three PIs currently listed account for a core of the tracking research being conducted in the western Atlantic. Other scientists also participate at various levels and pages will be developed to highlight their contributions.