Our goal is to enhance the 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, GPS, as well as color banding and molecular markings. 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 South Atlantic Bight of the U.S. through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The birds we tag disperse throughout the North Atlantic and as such our research uniquely covers a significant portion of our Earth's oceans.
Patrick Jodice, PhD, is the Leader of the USGS South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Clemson University. Pat is the PI on a variety of projects in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southeastern US focused on Audubon's Shearwater, Black-capped Petrel, Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Red-billed Tropicbird, and White-tailed Tropicbird. pjodice <at> clemson.edu
Juliet Lamb, PhD, is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island. Juliet did her doctoral research on the spatial ecology and breeding biology of Brown Pelican in the northern Gulf of Mexico. jslamb <at> uri.edu
Yvan Satgé is a research assistant at Clemson University / South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He recently led a GPS-tracking study of Black-capped Petrel in the Dominican Republic. ysatge <at> clemson.edu