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

Washington Project

Seabird ecology at Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

October 2018 - December 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Private Donor to University of Washington
  • Private Donor to University of Washington
  • Private Donors to University of Washington

The atoll of Tetiaroa, French Polynesia, is a critical nesting area for several species of seabirds in the South Pacific. Seabirds here and elsewhere around the globe face several threats - including introduced mammalian predators and changing ocean conditions. In collaboration with the Tetiaroa Society, we are working to understand the ecology of seabirds at Tetiaroa, with a focus on how seabirds will respond to eradication of rats from the atoll. This work will inform tropical seabird conservation worldwide.

Presentations Presentation Date
Hallock EM, B Gardner, JL DeVore, AJ DuVall, and SJ Converse. 2024. Vegetation Cover and Landscape Features Predict Breeding Seabird Space Use on a Pacific Atoll. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Seattle, Washington, USA; 20-23 February 2024. February 2024
DuVall AJ, B Gardner, SB Bassing, PD Boersma, V Marcy, and SJ Converse. 2020. Modeling changes in seabird distribution and abundance following rat eradication at Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group, Portland, Oregon. 12-15 February. February 2020