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Alicia Berlin

Email: aberlin@usgs.gov

Website:  http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/perry/scoters/

Areas of Study

Energetics of Surf Scoters Wintering on Chesapeake Bay:  Foraging Values of Changing Diets

Vulnerability Assessment of Available Habitat for Wintering Black Ducks within the Refuge System in the Chesapeake Bay

In-Air and Underwater Hearing Abilities of Diving Ducks and Sea Ducks

Migration and Habitat use by Seaducks in the Atlantic Flyway: Evaluation of Potential Impacts of Proposed Wind Farms

Compiling Seaduck Satellite Telemetry Data for Analyses Regarding Population Delineation, Weather Effects on Migrational Pathways, and Baseline Information for Climate Change Effects on Seaducks

Assessing Extreme Meteorological Events on Seabird Migration

Corticosterone, Energetics and Individual State in Diving Seaducks

Effects of Dorsally Mounted Solar-powered Cellular GPS Transmitters on Diving and Foraging in Surf Scoters and Red-throated Loons

Publications

Olsen, G. H., S. Ford, M. C. Perry, and A. M. Wells-Berlin. 2010. The use of Emeraid Exotic Carnivore Diet improves postsurgical recovery and survival of long-tailed ducks. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine 19(2):165-168. Abstract

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Daniel McAuley

Email: dmcauley@usgs.gov

Areas of Study

Survival and Recruitment of Common Eiders in the Gulf of Maine

Feasibility of Aerial Surveys to Census Red-Necked Phalaropes in the Bay of Fundy

Publications

Hierl, L. A., C. S. Loftin, J. R. Longcore, D. G. McAuley, and D. L. Urban. 2007. A multivariate assessment of changes in wetland habitat for waterbirds at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, Maine, USA. Wetlands 27(1):141-152. Abstract

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Matthew C. Perry

Email: mperry@usgs.gov

Website: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/resshow/perry/scoters/

Areas of Study

Atlantic Seaduck Study: Movement, Habitat Use, and Feeding Ecology of Seaducks in Chesapeake Bay and Other Atlantic Coastal Areas

Population Demographics and Breeding Ecology of Long Tailed Ducks in the Churchill, Manitoba, in Relation to Global Climate Change

Delineating Breeding Populations and Tracking Night-Time Movements of Long-tailed Ducks Wintering in Nantucket Sound

Movement and Resource Utilization of Four Species of Ducks Captured in the Mid-Parana River Basin, Entre Rios and Corrientes Provinces, Argentina

Publications

Perry, M. C., G. H. Olsen, R. A. Richards, and P. C. Osenton. 2013. Predation on dovekies by goosefish over deep water in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Northeastern Naturalist 20(1):148-154. Abstract

Perry, M. C. 2012. Foraging behavior of Long-tailed Ducks in a ferry wake. Northeastern Naturalist 19(1):135-139. Abstract

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Diann Prosser

Email: dprosser@usgs.gov

Areas of Study

Island Restoration, Sea Level Rise, and Waterbirds in Chesapeake Bay

Pathogens in the Aquatic Environment – Waterfowl, Avian Influenza

Productivity of Species of Concern – Least Tern and Common Tern on Poplar Island Restoration Site

Publications

Cappelle, J., D. Zhao, M. Gilbert, M. I. Nelson, S. H. Newman, J. Y. Takekawa, N. Gaidet, D. J. Prosser, Y. Liu, P. Li, Y. Shu, and X. Xiao. 2014. Risks of Avian Influenza Transmission in Areas of Intensive Free-Ranging Duck Production with Wild Waterfowl. EcoHealth 11(1):109-119. Abstract

Hawkes, L. A., S. Balachandran, N. Batbayar, P. J. Butler, B. Chua, D. C. Douglas, P. B. Frappell, Y. Hou, W. K. Milsom, S. H. Newman, D. J. Prosser, P. Sathiyaselvam, G. R. Scott, J. Y. Takekawa, T. Natsagdorj, M. Wikelski, M. J. Witt, B. Yan, and C. M. Bishop. 2013. The paradox of extreme high-altitude migration in bar-headed geese Anser indicus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280(1750):Article Number: 20122114. Abstract

Luo, Z., Y. Xiong, B. Yan, D. J. Prosser, and J. Y. Takekawa. 2013. GPS location history data mining and anomalous detection: the scenario of bar-headed geese migration. Pages 413-420 in Wei Lu, Guoqiang Cai, Weibin Liu, and Weiwei Xing, editors. Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Information Technology and Software Engineering. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering 211 Springer, New York. Abstract

Prosser, D. J., L. L. Hungerford, R. M. Erwin, M. A. Ottinger, J. Y. Takekawa, and E. C. Ellis. 2013. Mapping risk of avian influenza transmission at the interface of domestic poultry and wild birds. Frontiers in Public Health 1(28):1-11. Abstract

Prosser, D. J., J. Nagel, and J. Y. Takekawa. 2013. Animal migration and risk of spread of viral infections. Pages 151-178 in Sunit K. Singh, editor. Viral Infections and Global Change. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ. 660 pp. Abstract

Takekawa, J. Y., D. J. Prosser, B. M. Collins, D. C. Douglas, W. M. Perry, B. Yan, L. Ze, Y. Hou, F. Lei, T. Li, Y. Li, and S. H. Newman. 2013. Movements of wild ruddy shelducks in the Central Asian flyway and their spatial relationship to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1. Viruses 5(9):2129-2152. Abstract

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Barnett Rattner

Email: brattner@usgs.gov

Website: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/contaminants/

Areas of Study

Contaminant Exposure, Food Chain Transfer and Potential Health Effects on Chesapeake Bay Waterbirds

Publications

Rattner, B. A., R. S. Lazarus, G. H. Heinz, N. K. Karouna-Renier, S. L. Schultz, and R. C. Hale. 2013. Comparative embryotoxicity of a pentabrominated diphenyl ether mixture to common terns (Sterna hirundo) and American kestrels (Falco sparverius). Chemosphere 93(2):441-447. Abstract

McKernan, M. A., B. A. Rattner, J. S. Hatfield, R. C. Hale, and M. A. Ottinger. 2010. Absorption and biotransformation of polybrominated diphenyl ethers DE-71 and DE-79 in chicken (Gallus gallus), mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), American kestrel (Falco sparverius) and black-crowned night-heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) eggs. Chemosphere 79(1):100-109. Abstract

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Michael Runge

Email: mrunge@usgs.gov

Areas of Study

Integrating Habitat and Harvest Management for Northern Pintails

Harvest Theory for Age-Structured Populations: Atlantic Population Canada Geese

Integrated Waterbird Management and Modeling

Publications

Mattsson, B. J., M. C. Runge, J. H. Devries, G. S. Boomer, J. M. Eadie, D. A. Haukos, J. P. Fleskes, D. N. Koons, W. E. Thogmartin, and R. G. Clark. 2012. A modeling framework for integrated harvest and habitat management of North American waterfowl: Case-study of northern pintail metapopulation dynamics . Ecological Modelling 225:146-158. Abstract

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John Sauer

Email: jrsauer@usgs.gov

Areas of Study

Population Change and Abundance of Black Ducks and Mallards in Eastern North America

Publications

Zimmerman, G. S., J. R. Sauer, W. A. Link, and M. Otto. 2012. Composite analysis of black duck breeding population surveys in eastern North America. Journal of Wildlife Management 76(6):1165-1176. Abstract

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Jeff Spendelow

Email: jspendelow@usgs.gov

Areas of Study

Modeling Sex-Specific Demographic Rates in Metapopulations

Publications

Palestis, B. G., I. C. T. Nisbet, J. J. Hatch, P. Szczys, and J. A. Spendelow. 2012. Morphometric sexing of Northwest Atlantic Roseate Terns. Waterbirds 35(3):479-484. Abstract

Watson, M. J., J. A. Spendelow, and J. J. Hatch. 2012. Post-fledging brood and care division in the roseate tern (Sterna dougallii). Journal of Ethology 30(1):29-34. Abstract

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Daniel Twedt

Email: dtwedt@usgs.gov

Areas of Study

Shorebird Habitat in Southeastern Missouri

Publications

Twedt, D. J. 2013. Foraging habitat for shorebirds in southeastern Missouri and its predicted future availability. Wetlands 33(4):667-678. Abstract

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