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

South Carolina Project

Determining the Movement Patterns and Habitat Use of Seabirds to Support Marine Spatial Planning Along the Atlantic Coast

October 2011 - December 2012


Participating Agencies

  • CESU
White-tailed Tropicbird with global location sensor, Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Bahamas

We will use remote tracking technologies such as satellite transmitters and global location sensors to track movements and map use areas of individual seabirds along the Atlantic coast. We will target seabirds that are likely to use areas off of the mid-Atlantic coast. Data will allow us to better understand the link between multiple and widespread geographic regions such as the nearshore and pelagic zones of the mid- and south Atlantic US coasts and the islands and waters of The Bahamas and Caribbean. The proposed effort will build upon ongoing work by the PI.

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 November 2015
Presentations Presentation Date
Wakefield, E.D., and 50 authors including P.G.R. Jodice. 2012. A newly described seabird diversity hotspot in the deep northwest Atlantic identified using individual movement data. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii. February 2012
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. February 2014
Poli, C., A-L. Harrison, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Foraging ecology of Masked Boobies breeding in the Gulf of Mexico. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Juneau, Alaska. February 2014
Poli, C.*, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Foraging seabirds inform marine spatial planning in the Gulf of Mexico. International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow, Scotland [Poster] August 2014
Madden, H., A. Ellis, P.G.R. Jodice. 2014. Reproductive ecology and success of Red-billed Tropicbirds on St. Eustatius. Pacific Seabird Group Annual Meeting, Juneau, Alaska. February 2014