The focus of our research group was seabird ecology, emphasizing conservation, behavioural ecology, life history, and demography. Our research projects were focused mainly on auks (avian family Alcidae) and on a variety of tropical seabirds. The marine ecosystems of the North Atlantic and North Pacific have undergone massive ecological changes over the past decades due to overfishing, other forms of human exploitation, oil spills, invasions and introductions of non-indigenous species, and natural environmental change, profoundly affecting wildlife populations. We investigated how seabirds have responded to these changes.

During 1990-2015, we undertook a long-term study of seabirds at Buldir Island, Alaska. We studied this system through more than two decades of extraordinary environmental change, to investigate how seabird behaviour, diet, productivity and demography reflect ecosystem-wide changes and to increase our knowledge of fundamental questions about seabird ecology. Recent graduate student projects have included studies of Whiskered Auklet communication behaviour and anatomy, effects of introduced rats on Least Auklets, novel approaches to monitoring recovery of seabirds during island restoration, parasites and social signals of Crested and Least Auklets and year round movements of Crested, Whiskered and Parakeet Auklets from the Aleutians and White-tailed Tropicbirds from Bermuda. Contact ILJ for details (no new students are currently being accepted).

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