PI: Patrick Jodice, USGS South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit / Clemson University; Yvan Satgé, Clemson University / South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit
Co-PI: Ernst Rupp, Grupo Jaragua; Rob Ronconi, Acadia University
Our study of Black-capped Petrel includes:
- 2014: First effort to deploy satellite tags on breeding Black-capped Petrels. The research was initiated at Lomo del Toro in the Dominican Republic. Our team deployed 3 satellite tags in April 2014. Our article First satellite tracks of the Endangered black-capped petrel, Jodice et al (2015). Endang. Species. Res. is now available in open-access.
- 2018: Spatial and foraging ecology of chick-rearing Black-capped Petrels, Loma del Toro, the Dominican Republic. We deployed 9 remote-download GPS-loggers and collected fecal samples for a molecular analysis of diet. We are analyzing tracking data and we will publish a preliminary report on movements and habitat characteristics soon. We are also working on risk exposure assessment at sea. Finally we are modeling nest habitat to predict potential nesting areas in Hispaniola and the Caribbean.
Funding provided by: American Bird Conservancy, Mohammed bin Zayed Fund for Species Conservation, Cary and David Paynter through the H. Smith Richardson Jr. Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Jeff Rusinow, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stuart & Lynn White, the Neotropical Bird Club, Voltaic Systems.
Research and conservation to benefit the Black-capped Petrel is also being conducted by BirdsCaribbean, BirdLife International, Conservation Metrics Inc., Cornell University, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean, Societe Audubon Haiti, and The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
A recently published monograph on the ecology and conservation of the Black-capped Petrel is available as an open access article from Marine Ornithology. This work was authored by Ted Simons, Dave Lee, and Chris Haney.
The US FWS leads the Black-capped Petrel Working Group and their activities are wide-reaching and critical to the species conservation.
The Conservation Action Plan for the Black-capped Petrel can be found here.
You can learn more about the distribution and biology of the species (and all seabirds in the Caribbean) at the West Indian Seabird Breeding Atlas site.
PI: Patrick Jodice, USGS South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit / Clemson University; Juliet Lamb, Clemson University / South Carolina Cooperative Research Unit / University of Rhode Island
Graduate students: Juliet Lamb, PhD candidate, Gulf of Mexico; Caroline Poli, MS student, South Carolina; Rochelle Streker, MS student, Alabama; Bradley Wilkinson, PhD student, South Carolina
Our study of Brown Pelican includes
- 2010: Satellite tracking; Louisiana & South Carolina; NRDA/FWS
- 2013-2016: Spatial ecology, foraging ecology, breeding biology, toxicology; Northern Gulf of Mexico; Satellite and cellular tracking, stress hormones, molecular marking; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, USGS.
- 2017-2018: Breeding biology, nesting habitat; Mobile Bay, Alabama; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, USGS.
- 2018-on-going: Spatial ecology; South Carolina; Satellite and GPS tracking, accelerometry; USGS.
- Influence of density-dependent competition on foraging and migratory behavior of a subtropical colonial seabird. Juliet Lamb, Yvan Satgé, and Patrick Jodice. 2017. Ecology & Evolution: DOI 10.1002/ece3.3216
- Physical condition and stress levels during early development reflect feeding rates and predict pre- and post-fledging survival in a nearshore seabird. Juliet Lamb, Kathleen O'Reilly, and Patrick Jodice. 2016. Conservation Physiology: DOI 10.1093/conphys/cow060
- Behavioral and reproductive effects of bird-borne data logger attachment on Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) on three temporal scales. Juliet Lamb, Yvan Satgé, Christine Fiorello, and Patrick Jodice. 2016. Journal of Ornithology: DOI 10.1007/s10336-016-1418-3