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Scientific articles

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Wilkinson, B.P. and P.G. Jodice. 2023. Support for the fasting endurance hypothesis of partial migration in a nearshore seabird. Ecosphere, 14(2), p.e4365. DOI:10.1002/ecs2.4365

Madden, H., Y.G. Satgé, B.P. Wilkinson, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2022. Foraging ecology of Red-billed Tropicbird Phaethon aethereus in the Caribbean during early chick rearing revealed by GPS tracking. Marine Ornithology 50: 165-175.


Jodice P.G.R., J.S. Lamb, Y.G. Satgé, and C. Fiorello. 2022. Blood biochemistry and hematology of adult and chick brown pelicans in the northern Gulf of Mexico: baseline health values and ecological relationships. Conserv. Physiol. 10(1): coac064. DOI:10.1093/conphys/coac064


Michael P.E., K.M. Hixson, J.C. Haney, Y.G. Satgé, J.S. Gleason, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2022. Seabird vulnerability to oil: Exposure potential, sensitivity, and uncertainty in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Front. Mar. Sci. 9:880750. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.880750

Satgé, Y.G, B.S. Keitt, C.P. Gaskin, J.B. Patteson, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2022. Temporal and spatial segregations between phenotypes of the Diablotin Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata during the breeding and non-breeding periods. bioRxiv 2022.06.02.491532. DOI:10.1101/2022.06.02.49153

Wilkinson B.P., and P.G.R. Jodice. 2022. Interannual colony exchange among breeding Eastern Brown Pelicans. Journal of Field Ornithology.

Streker, R.A., J.S. Lamb, J. Dindo, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2021. Fine-scale Weather Patterns Drive Reproductive Success in the Brown Pelican. Waterbirds. DOI:10.1675/063.044.0202


Jodice P.G.R., P.E. Michael, J.S. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y.G. Satgé. 2021. Revising the marine range of the endangered black-capped petrel Pterodroma hasitata: occurrence in the northern Gulf of Mexico and exposure to conservation threats. Endangered Species Research. DOI:10.3354/esr01143


Wilkinson B.P., A.R. Robuck,  R. Lohmann, H.M. Pickard, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2021. Urban proximity while breeding is not a predictor of perfluoroalkyl substance contamination in the eggs of brown pelicans. Science of The Total Environment. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150110


Takahashi F., F.J. Sanders, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2021. Spatial and temporal overlap between foraging shorebirds and spawning horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) in the Cape Romain-Santee Delta Region of the U.S. Atlantic coast. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. DOI:10.1676/21-00009


Jodice P.G.R., P.E. Michael, J.S. Gleason, J.C. Haney, and Y.G. Satgé. 2021. Expanding the marine range of the endangered black-capped petrel Pterodroma hasitata: Occurrence  in the northern Gulf of Mexico and conservation implications. bioRxiv 2021.01.19.427288. DOI: 10.1101/2021.01.19.427288

Satgé, Y.G., E. Rupp, A. Brown, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2020. Habitat modelling locates nesting areas of the Endangered Black-capped Petrel Pterodroma hasitata on Hispaniola and identifies habitat loss. Bird Conservation International. DOI:10.1017/S0959270920000490

Ramos R., Paiva V.H., Zajková Z., Precheur C., Fagundes A.I., Jodice P.G.R., Mackin W., Zino F., Bretagnolle V., González-Solís J. 2020. Spatial ecology of closely related taxa: the case of the little shearwater complex in the North Atlantic Ocean. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa045


Wilkinson, B.P. , A.M. Haynes-Sutton, L. Meggs, and P.G. R. Jodice. 2020. High spatial fidelity among foraging trips of Masked Boobies from Pedro Cays, Jamaica. PlosONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231654

Ndu, U., J.S. Lamb, S. Janssen, R. Rossi, Y. Satgé, and P. Jodice. 2020. Mercury, Cadmium, Copper, Arsenic, and Selenium Measurements in the Feathers of Adult Eastern Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) and Chicks in Multiple Breeding Grounds in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. DOI: 10.7266/aza38gzz

Lamb, J.S.Y.G. Satgé, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. Seasonal variation in environmental and behavioural drivers of annual‐cycle habitat selection in a nearshore seabird. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.13015

Zaluski S., Soanes L.M., Bright J.A., George A., Jodice P.G.R., Meyer K., Woodfield-Pascoe N., and Green J.A. 2019. Potential threats facing a globally important population of the magnificent frigatebird Fregata magnificens. TropicalZoology. DOI: 10.1080/03946975.2019.1682352


Wilkinson, B.P.Y.G. Satgé, J.S. Lamb, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. Tropical cyclones alter short-term activity patterns of a coastal seabird. Movement Ecology. DOI: 0.1186/s40462-019-0178-0


Lamb, J.S., C.V. Fiorello, Y.G. Satgé, K. Mills, M. Ziccardi, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2018. Movement patterns of California brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) following oiling and rehabilitation. Marine Pollution Bulletin.


Lamb, J.S.Y.G. Satgé, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2017. Diet composition and provisioning rates in eastern brown pelican nestlings determine reproductive success. Marine Ecology Progress Series. DOI: 10.3354/meps12301

Lamb, J.S., D.J. Newstead, L.M. Koczur, B.M. Ballard, M.C. Green, and Patrick G.R. Jodice. 2017. A bridge between oceans: Overland migration of marine birds in a wind energy corridor. Journal of Avian Biology. DOI 10.1111/jav.01474

Lamb, J.S.Y.G. Satgé, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2017. Influence of density-dependent competition on foraging and migratory behavior of a subtropical colonial seabird. Ecology & Evolution. DOI 10.1002/ece3.3216

Ramos, R., N. Carlile, J. Madeiros, I. Ramírez, V.H. Paiva, H.A. Dinis, F. Zino, M. Biscoito, G.R. Leal, L. Bugoni, P.G. R. Jodice, P.G. Ryan, and J. González‐Solís. 2017. It is the time for oceanic seabirds: Tracking year‐round distribution of gadfly petrels across the Atlantic Ocean. Diversity and Distributions. DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12569

Poli, C.L., A.L. Harrison, A. Vallarino, P.D. Gerard, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2017. Dynamic oceanography determines fine scale foraging behavior of Masked Boobies in the Gulf of Mexico. PLoSONE. DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0178318

Haney, J.C., P.G.R. Jodice, W.A. Montevecchi, and D.C. Evers. 2017. Challenges to oil spill assessment for seabirds in the deep ocean. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. DOI: 10.1007/s00244-016-0355-8

Lamb, J.S., K. O'Reilly, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2016. Physical condition and stress levels during early development reflect feeding rates and predict pre- and post-fledging survival in a nearshore seabird. Conservation Physiology. DOI 10.1093/conphys/cow060

Lamb, J.S., C.V. Fiorello, Y.G. Satgé, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2016. Behavioral and reproductive effects of bird-borne data logger attachment on Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) on three temporal scales. Journal of Ornithology. DOI 10.1007/s10336-016-1418-3 

Jodice, P.G.R., R.A. Ronconi, E. Rupp, G.E. Wallace, and Y.G. Satgé. 2015. First satellite tracks of the endangered Black-capped Petrel. Endangered Species Research 29:23-33. DOI 10.3354/esr00697

Ferguson, L.M., T.M. Norton, A. Dipl, C. Cray, M. Olivia, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Health assessments of brown pelican nestlings from colonies in South Carolina and Georgia. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 45:835-845. DOI 10.1638/2013-0157.1

Brooks, G.L., F.J. Sanders, P.D. Gerard, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Daily survival rates for nests of Black Skimmers from a core breeding area of the Southeastern USA. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126:443-450. DOI 10.1676/13-136.1

Brooks, G.L., F.J. Sanders, P.D. Gerard, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2013. Daily survival rate for nests and chicks of least terns at natural nest sites in South CarolinaWaterbirds 36:1-10. DOI 10.1675/063.036.0101

Vander Pol, S.S., D.W. Anderson, P.G.R. Jodice, and J.E. Stuckey. 2012. East versus west: organic contaminant differences in Brown Pelican eggs from South Carolina, USA and the Gulf of California, MexicoScience and the Total Environment 438: 527-532. DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.08.055

Jodice, P.G.R., L.C. Wickliffe, and E.B. Sachs. 2011. Seabird use of discards from a nearshore shrimp fishery in the South Atlantic Bight, USAMarine Biology 158:2289-2298. DOI 10.1007/s00227-011-1733-4

Jodice, P.G.R. and R. M. Suryan. 2010. The transboundary nature of seabird ecology. Pp. 139-165 In: Landscape Scale Conservation Planning (S. Trembulak and R. Baldwin, eds.). Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-90-481-9575-6_8

Wickliffe, L.C. and P.G.R. Jodice. 2010. Abundance of nearshore seabirds at shrimp trawlers in South Carolina. Marine Ornithology 38:31-39.

Eggert, L.M.F., and P.G.R. Jodice, K.M. O'Reilly. 2010. Stress response of Brown Pelican nestlings to ectoparasite infestation. General and Comparative Endocrinology 166: 33-38

Sachs, E.B. and P.G.R. Jodice. 2009. Behavior of parent and nestling Brown Pelicans during early brood-rearing. Waterbirds 32:276-281.

Eggert, L.M.F. and P.G.R. Jodice. 2008. Growth of Brown Pelican nestlings exposed to sublethal levels of soft tick infestation. Condor 110:134-142.

Jodice, P.G.R., T. Murphy, F. Sanders, and L.M. Ferguson. 2007. Longterm Trends in Nest Counts of Colonial Nesting Seabirds in South Carolina, USA. Waterbirds 30:40-51.



Growth and Adrenocortical Response of Brown Pelican Nestlings in Relation to Ectoparasite Infestation in South Carolina 

Ferguson, L.M. 2006. M.S. Dissertation, Clemson University

Provisioning and prey quality in Brown Pelicans in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina

Sachs, E.B. 2007. M.S. Dissertation, Clemson University

Foraging Ecology of Seabirds in Relation to Commercial Shrimp Trawler Activity

Wickliffe, L.C. 2008. M.S. Dissertation, Clemson University

Factors influencing reproductive success of near-shore seabirds in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina

Brooks, G.L. 2011. M.S. Dissertation, Clemson University

Conservation needs of nearshore seabirds i the southeastern U.S. addressed through habitat use surveys and assessments of health and mercury concentrations

Ferguson Eggert, L.M. 2012. Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University

Variability in movement patterns and habitat use of two species of Pelecaniformes

Poli, C. 2015. M.S. Dissertation, Clemson University

Ecological drivers of Brown Pelican movement patterns and reproductive success in the Gulf of Mexico

Lamb, J.S. 2016. Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University

Reproductive Ecology of Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Streker, R.A. 2019. M.S. Dissertation, Clemson University

Ecological Outcomes of Movement Behavior in Brown Pelicans from the South Atlantic Bight

Wilkinson, B.P. 2021. Ph.D. Dissertation, Clemson University

Reports and Technical Publications

Published (Final reports) and Unpublished reports, Technical publications


Wheeler, J., Y. Satgé, A. Brown, J. Goetz, B. Keitt, H. Nevins, and E. Rupp. 2021. Black-capped Petrel
Conservation Update and Action Plan: Conserving the Diablotin.
International Black-capped Petrel Conservation Group.


Lamb, J.S., Y.G. Satgé, R.A. Streker, P.G.R Jodice. 2020. Ecological drivers of Brown Pelican movement patterns, health, and reproductive success in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM-2020-036. 250 pp. 

or at the Marine Cadastre site with related publications and data releases

Satgé, Y.G., E. Rupp, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. A preliminary report of ongoing research of the ecology of Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata) in Sierra de Bahoruco, Dominican Republic – I: GPS tracking of breeding adults. Unpublished Report, South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA. DOI: 10.5066/P9UHASY4

Ferguson, L.M., Y.G. Satgé, J. Tavano, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2018. Seabird colony registry and atlas for the Southeastern United States. Final Report for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson, South Carolina. DOI: 10.5066/P96DIUD8.

Jodice, P.G.R., J. Tavano, W. Mackin. 2013. Chapter 8: Marine and coastal birds and bats. Pages 475-587 In: Michel, J. (ed.). South Atlantic information resources: data search and literature synthesis. U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study BOEM 2013-01157.

Data releases 

Datasets collected with funding from the U.S. Geological Survey are available to the public. Before using them, we ask that data users contact us regarding intended use.

- Brown Pelicans

Movement data of partially migratory Brown Pelicans in the South Atlantic Bight, 2017-2021

GPS tracking data for Brown Pelicans

DOI: 10.5066/P9YH2U8D (coming soon)

Interannual Breeding Movements of Brown Pelicans in the South Atlantic Bight, 2017-2021

GPS tracking data for breeding Brown Pelicans

DOI: 10.5066/P9BZ5TL9


Concentrations of Perfluoroalkyl Substances in the Eggs of Brown Pelicans from Charleston, SC, 2017-2020

PFAS concentrations in Brown Pelican eggs; GPS tracking data for breeding Brown Pelicans, 2019.

DOI: 10.5066/P9SKDFZU

Reproductive Physiology of Brown Pelican Along the Coast of Alabama, 2017-2018

​Reproductive data for Brown Pelicans nesting on Gaillard and Cat Islands, Alabama, 2017 and 2018.

DOI: 10.5066/P9AB53QZ

GPS tracking of Brown Pelican in the South Atlantic Bight during cyclonic activity, 2017-2018

​Movement data of 32 adult Brown Pelican tracked via remote-download GPS technology during cyclones in the South Atlantic Bight, 2017-2018.

DOI: 10.5066/P9D5IP0G

Movement ecology of Brown Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2016

​Movement data and reference data of 81 adult Brown Pelican tracked via remote-download GPS technology in the Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2016. Dataset available on the Movebank Repository.

DOI: 10.5441/001/1.7856r086

Physiological Ecology of Brown Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2016

​Health data for Brown Pelican nestlings and breeding adults in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2016: blood analyte, and concentration of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in blood and feather samples.

DOI: 10.5066/P94GBJ4G

Foraging Ecology of Brown Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2015 

Diet composition, energy density, meal mass, nestling provisioning rate, and nest productivity of Brown Pelican at breeding colonies across the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Includes colony locations and taxonomical references of diet species as companion files.

DOI: 10.5066/F7R78D6J

- Masked Boobies

At-sea movements of Masked Boobies from Pedro Cays, Jamaica, 2012

​GPS tracking data for breeding Masked Boobies nesting on Pedro Cays, Jamaica, 2012. 

DOI: 10.5066/P9AK95EG

Movement ecology of Masked Booby in the Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2014

​Movement data of 137 deployments on Masked Boobies tracked via GPS technology in the southern Gulf of Mexico, 2013-2014. Dataset available on Movebank: Dynamic oceanography determines fine scale foraging behavior of Masked Boobies in the Gulf of Mexico. Caroline Poli. 2017.

- Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS)

Seabird visual surveys using line-transect methods in the northern Gulf of Mexico, 2017-2019

Observation data collected from NOAA vessels

NCEI Accession 0247206; NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information

DOI: 10.25921/afrq-h385

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