Our goal is to enhance the understanding of seabird ecology in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. We study the breeding biology, survival, and foraging and spatial ecology of nearshore and pelagic seabirds at sea or on their breeding grounds.

Our most recent studies focus on distributions and habitat use at sea, including foraging trip characteristics and how these differ throughout the annual cycle, foraging site fidelity at sea, migration routes, interactions of seabirds with energy infrastructure in the offshore environment, and use of Marine Protected Areas. 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.

We work closely with the North Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative, the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network and BirdsCaribbean. Together, our research extends from the South Atlantic Bight of the U.S. through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The birds we study disperse throughout the North Atlantic and, as such, our research uniquely covers a significant portion of our Earth's oceans.

Team members

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Patrick Jodice

Pat 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 Brown Pelican, Audubon's Shearwater, Black-capped Petrel, Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Red-billed Tropicbird, and White-tailed Tropicbird. Pat is the current Chair of the World Seabird Union.
pjodice <at> clemson.edu

Juliet Lamb

Juliet 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, and she published several articles on tag effects, juvenile survival, foraging strategy and diet, stress hormones, migration, and habitat modelling.
jslamb <at> uri.edu

Yvan Satgé

Yvan is a research associate at Clemson University / South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Yvan's research focuses on Black-capped Petrel, and he participates in the study of Brown Pelican, Red-billed Tropicbird, and Audubon's Shearwater. He recently lead GPS-tracking and molecular diet studies of Black-capped Petrel in the Dominican Republic.
​ysatge <at> clemson.edu

 

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Pamela Michael

Pamela is a post-doctoral researcher in our lab. She has worked with vessel-based surveys and tracking data, from Alaska to Hawaii, the southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans. She is currently analyzing seabird observation data collected during the GoMMAPPS study.

pemicha <at> clemson.edu

Current and former graduate students
Lisa Ferguson
MS (2006), PhD (2011)
Elena Sachs
MS (2007)
Lisa Wickliffe
MS (2008)
Gillian Brooks
MS (2010)
Caroline Poli
MS (2015)
Juliet Lamb
PhD (2016)
Hannah Madden
MS (2017)
Rochelle Streker
MS (2019)
Bradley Wilkinson
PhD (2020)
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Collaborators

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Felicia Sanders

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina, USA

Felicia is a coastal biologist at SC DNR. We have collaborated with her on a variety of projects, from studies of pelican nesting biology to shorebird foraging. 

Ernst Rupp

Grupo Jaragua

Dominican Republic

Grupo Jaragua is a Dominican environmental NGO whose mission is to conserve the biodiversity of the island of Hispaniola through scientific research and community participation. 

We collaborate with project leader Ernst Rupp on the study of Black-capped Petrel. 

www.grupojaragua.org.do

Autumn-Lynn Harrison

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

USA

Autumn-Lynn Harrison is the Program Manager of the Migratory Connectivity Project and a research scientist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Over the years, she has collaborated with us on the analysis of GPS and GLS tracking data for several of our studies.

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Will Mackin

TerraMar Applied Sciences

The Bahamas, Tobago

Will is a zoologist and conservation biologist who has worked to protect seabirds in the wider Caribbean region throughout his career. Since 1998, Will has collaborated with Caribbean naturalists to identify and inventory seabird breeding sites across the West Indies (www.wicbirds.net).

Hannah Madden

Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute, Sint Eustatius

Hannah has been studying the nesting ecology of Red-billed Tropicbirds on St. Eustatius since 2012 and has lead our collaboration on the study of this charismatic species. 

J. Christopher Haney

Terra Mar Applied Sciences, LLC

USA

Chris is an expert seabird ecologist and oceanographer. We have collaborated with him on a variety of projects. He is currently a co-principal investigator for the GoMMAPPS study.

terramarappliedsciences.com

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Jeffrey Gleason

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Gulf Restoration Office

USA

Jeff is the current Gulf of Mexico Migratory Bird Coordinator for USFWS. While at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, he instigated  our Brown pelican research in the Gulf of Mexico. He is now a co-principal investigator for the GoMMAPPS study.