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Population Dynamics of Hawaiian Seabird Colonies Vulnerable to Sea-Level Rise

Overview of attention for article published in Conservation Biology, May 2012
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Population Dynamics of Hawaiian Seabird Colonies Vulnerable to Sea-Level Rise
Published in
Conservation Biology, May 2012
DOI 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01853.x
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Globally, seabirds are vulnerable to anthropogenic threats both at sea and on land. Seabirds typically nest colonially and show strong fidelity to natal colonies, and such colonies on low-lying islands may be threatened by sea-level rise. We used French Frigate Shoals, the largest atoll in the Hawaiian Archipelago, as a case study to explore the population dynamics of seabird colonies and the potential effects sea-level rise may have on these rookeries. We compiled historic observations, a 30-year time series of seabird population abundance, lidar-derived elevations, and aerial imagery of all the islands of French Frigate Shoals. To estimate the population dynamics of 8 species of breeding seabirds on Tern Island from 1980 to 2009, we used a Gompertz model with a Bayesian approach to infer population growth rates, density dependence, process variation, and observation error. All species increased in abundance, in a pattern that provided evidence of density dependence. Great Frigatebirds (Fregata minor), Masked Boobies (Sula dactylatra), Red-tailed Tropicbirds (Phaethon rubricauda), Spectacled Terns (Onychoprion lunatus), and White Terns (Gygis alba) are likely at carrying capacity. Density dependence may exacerbate the effects of sea-level rise on seabirds because populations near carrying capacity on an island will be more negatively affected than populations with room for growth. We projected 12% of French Frigate Shoals will be inundated if sea level rises 1 m and 28% if sea level rises 2 m. Spectacled Terns and shrub-nesting species are especially vulnerable to sea-level rise, but seawalls and habitat restoration may mitigate the effects of sea-level rise. Losses of seabird nesting habitat may be substantial in the Hawaiian Islands by 2100 if sea levels rise 2 m. Restoration of higher-elevation seabird colonies represent a more enduring conservation solution for Pacific seabirds.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 6%
United Kingdom 2 2%
Uruguay 1 1%
Tanzania, United Republic of 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Unknown 83 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 26 28%
Researcher 21 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 20 21%
Other 11 12%
Student > Bachelor 3 3%
Other 6 6%
Unknown 7 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 51 54%
Environmental Science 26 28%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 3%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 2%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 1 1%
Other 2 2%
Unknown 9 10%

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