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Linking Foraging Behaviors to Demography to understand Albatrosses Population Responses to Climate Change
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70.2433E. -49.6875S
Understanding the ecological consequences - present and future-of climate change is a central question in conservation biology. The goal of this project is to identify the effects of climate change on the Black-Browed Albatross, a seabird breeding in the Southern Ocean. The Black-Browed Albatross exhibits remarkable flight adaptations, using winds as an energy source to glide for long distances. This is the basis of their foraging strategy, by which they obtain food for themselves and their offspring. Climate change, however, is expected to modify wind patterns over the Southern Ocean. This project will analyze the effect of winds on life history traits (foraging behaviors, body conditions and demographic traits), and the effects of these traits on populations. New demographic models will provide the link between foraging behavior and the physical environment, and evaluate the persistence of this population in the face of climate change.

Understanding and predicting population responses to climate change is important because the world?s climate will continue to change throughout the 21st century and beyond. To help guide conservation strategies and policy decisions in the face of climate change, reliable assessments of population extinction risks are urgently needed. The Black-Browed Albatross is considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to recent drastic reductions in its population size. This project will improve our understanding of the mechanisms by which climate affects the life history and populations of Black-Browed Albatross to improve prediction of extinction risks under future climate change.
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Jenouvrier, Stephanie Investigator and contact
Antarctic Organisms and Ecosystems Award # 1246407
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Stephanie Jenouvrier
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  1. Jenouvrier, S., Aubry, L.M., Barbraud, C., Weimerskirch, H. and Caswell, H., (2018). Interacting effects of unobserved heterogeneity and individual stochasticity in the life history of the southern fulmar. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(1), pp.212-222. (doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12752)
  2. Desprez, M., Jenouvrier, S., Barbraud, C., Delord, K. and Weimerskirch, H., 2018. Linking oceanographic conditions, migratory schedules and foraging behaviour during the non‐breeding season to reproductive performance in a long‐lived seabird. Functional ecology, 32(8), pp.2040-2053. (doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13117)
  3. Cornioley, T., Jenouvrier, S., Börger, L., Weimerskirch, H. and Ozgul, A., 2017. Fathers matter: male body mass affects life-history traits in a size-dimorphic seabird. Proc. R. Soc. B, 284(1854), p.20170397. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0397)
  4. Pardo, D., Jenouvrier, S., Weimerskirch, H. and Barbraud, C., 2017. Effect of extreme sea surface temperature events on the demography of an age-structured albatross population. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B, 372(1723), p.20160143 (doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0143)
  5. Van de Pol, M., Jenouvrier, S., Cornelissen, J.H. and Visser, M.E., 2017. Behavioural, ecological and evolutionary responses to extreme climatic events: challenges and directions. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2016.0134)
  6. Jenouvrier, S., Péron, C. and Weimerskirch, H., 2015. Extreme climate events and individual heterogeneity shape life‐history traits and population dynamics. Ecological Monographs, 85(4), pp.605-624. (doi:10.1890/
  7. Jenouvrier, S., Desprez, M., Fay, R., Barbraud, C., Weimerskirch, H., Delord, K., & Caswell, H. (2018). Climate change and functional traits affect population dynamics of a long‐lived seabird. Journal of Animal Ecology, 87(4), 906–920. (doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12827)
  8. Desprez M., Jenouvrier S., Barbraud C., Delord K. and Weimerskirch H. 2018. Linking Oceanographic climate conditions, migratory schedule and foraging behaviors during the non-breeding season to the reproductive performance in a long-lived seabird. Functional ecology, 32(8):2040-2053. (doi:10.111/13652435.13117)
  9. Iles D. and Jenouvrier S. Projected population consequences of climate change. Book Chapter for “Effects of climate change on birds”, edited by Moller A. and Dunn P.O. and published by Oxford University Press in 2019.ISBN: 9780198824268 (doi:10.1093/oso/9780198824268.001.0001)
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