Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Carolina Project


Tracking Atlantic and Caribbean Seabirds

January 2014 - December 2020


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • CESU
  • Neotropical Bird Club
  • FWS R4
  • Clemson University Institute for Parks
  • SE Region
Black-capped Petrel captured in the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras, NC

The Caribbean and Bahamas support ~ 25 species of breeding seabirds. Despite the regions importance to seabird conservation and diversity, seabirds there have been very understudied particularly with respect to migratory connectivity throughout the Atlantic. Our goal has been to steadily increase baseline data on the spatial ecology of seabirds in the region by partnering with local NGOs to build local capacity.

To date, we have collected tracking data from several species of pelagic seabirds in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, St Eustatius and Tobago in collaboration with federal agencies, and local Universities and NGOs. One particular focus of our research in the region has been to expand research and baseline data on the endangered Black-capped Petrel. The species is endemic to the region, nesting at only a few sites on Hispaniola. Considered globally endangered, the species is under review for listing by the US FWS. We are conducting research on movement ecology, diet, and reproductive ecology with local partners and to date have conducted the only tracking efforts for this species.

Research Publications Publication Date
Jodice, P.G.R., R.A. Ronconi, E. Rupp, G.E. Wallace, Y. Satge. 2015. First satellite tracks of the endangered Black-capped Petrel. Endangered Species Research 29:23-33. doi: 10.3354/esr00697 | Abstract | Download 2015-11-30
Zaluski, S., L.M. Soanes, J.A. Bright, A. George, P.G.R. Jodice, K. Meyer, N. Woodfield-Pascoe, J.A. Green. 2019. Potential threats facing a globally important population of the magnificent frigatebird. Tropical Zoology 32: 188-201. /doi/full/10.1080/03946975.2019.1682352 | Download 2019-12-31
Poli, C.L., A-L. Harrison, A. Vallarino, P.D. Gerard, Jodice, P.G.R. 2017. Dynamic oceanography predicts fine scale foraging behavior of Masked Boobies in the Gulf of Mexico. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0178318. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178318 2017-04-30
Ramos, R., N. Carlile, J. Madeiros, I. Ramirez, V. Paiva, H. Dinis, F. Zino, M. Biscoito, G. Leal, L. Bugoni, P.G.R. Jodice, P.G. Ryan, J. Gonzalez-Solis. 2017. The time for oceanic seabirds: tracking year-round distribution of gadfly petrels across the Atlantic Ocean. Diversity and Distributions. 2017-05-31
Ramos, R., V.H. Paiva, Z. Zajkova, C. Precheur, A.I. Fagundes, P.G.R. Jodice, W. Mackin, V. Neves, F. Zino, V. Bretagnolle, J. Gonzalez-Solis. Submitted. Spatial ecology of closely-related taxa: the case of the little shearwater complex in the North Atlantic Ocean. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 2020-05-31
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 Research Unit, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA. 2019-06-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Jodice, P.G.R., W. Mackin, Y. Satge, C. Poli*, A-L. Harrison, R.A Phillips. 2014. Bahamian seabirds transition from Caribbean to mid-latitude and pelagic waters between the breeding and nonbreeding seasons. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Juneau, Alaska. 2014-02-21
Mackin, W., Narang, D., P.G.R. Jodice. 2016. Incubation and diving depths of Audubon’s Shearwaters and Red-billed Tropicbirds at Little Tobago Island, Trinidad and Tobago. The Waterbird Society, New Bern, North Carolina. 2016-09-22
Jodice, P.G.R., M. Woodrey, and A. Fournier. 2018. Movement ecology of seabirds: Multi-scale and multi-taxa approaches to addressing conservation needs in the Gulf of Mexico. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mobile, Alabama. 2018-10-23
Jodice, P.G.R., J. Gleason, J.C. Haney, Y. Satgé, P. Michael, C. Gaskin, B. Keitt. 2020. Revising the marine range of the endangered Black-capped Petrel. 6th World Seabird Twitter Conference. 2020-05-05
Satgé, Y.G.^, J.S. Lamb, and P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. Using near real-time nighttime light imagery to locate existent seabird exposure to active oil and gas extraction. 43rd Annual Conference of the Waterbird Society Annual Meeting, Maryland, USA. 2019-11-05
Satgé, Y.^, E. Rupp., and P.G.R. Jodice. 2019. Individual tracking informs exposure of the endangered Black-capped Petrel to marine threats during the breeding season. Pacific Seabird Group Meeting, Lihue, HI, USA 2019-03-28
Satgé, Y., and P.G.R. Jodice. 2020. Looking for the devil's nest: Modelling the nesting habitat of the endangered Black-capped Petrel in the Caribbean. 6th World Seabird Twitter Conference. 2020-05-05
Jodice, P. G. R., Y.G. Satgé, B. Keitt, C. Gaskin. 2019. First successful capture and satellite tagging of Black-capped Petrels at sea and subsequent movement patterns. 43rd Annual Conference of the Waterbird Society 43rd Annual Conference and General Meeting, Salisbury, Maryland. 2019-11-07
Harrison, A-L., C. Poli, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Multi-scale habitat modeling in seabirds provides opportunities for conservation action. North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, Montana 2014-07-10
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Madden, H. 2017. Reproductive Ecology of Red-billed Tropicbirds. University of West Indies. 2017-12-31
Poli, C. 2014. Spatial Ecology of Pelecaniformes. MS Thesis Clemson University 2014-12-31