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Weekly Highlights for 7-12-2012
I. Departmental/Bureau News
A. Upcoming Events
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International Workshop on Global Response of Seabirds to Changes in Forage Fish Populations
Working with researchers from around the world, USGS Alaska Science Center biologist John Piatt is convening the 3rd in a series of international workshops that focus on the biological responses of marine birds to variability in prey stocks. Following fruitful workshops in France and South Africa, which resulted in a recent publication in Science (#334: Global seabird responses to forage fish depletion—one-third for the birds) a team of 12 marine scientists will meet at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory near Homer, Alaska, during 22-26 July, to continue collaborative work on analyses of global seabird and forage fish databases. During this workshop, researchers will identify critical ratios in the abundance of prey at sea needed to maximize seabird reproductive success versus the actual nutritional (energetic) demand of breeding populations. Work on another manuscript will follow the workshop, and plans will be developed for the next workshop, to be held in 2013 at the Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden.
Contact: John Piatt Nordland, WA, (360) 774-0516
Measuring the Contribution of Glaciers to Marine Food Webs in Alaska
II. Press Inquiries/Media
June USGS News Release "Lifetime Mates Good for the Goose and the Gander" followed up by Public Radio in Alaska and Nevada: According to a study recently published in Behavioral Ecology researchers found that when female black brant (a small arctic goose) lose their mate, their chances for survival are greatly diminished. This collaborative study is the first to characterize health effects of mate loss to female geese, and its conclusions have implications for wildlife population management. On July 10, Annie Feidt with APRN in Anchorage aired a story titled "Scientists Discover Female Brandt Live Longer" http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/07/10/scientists-discover-female-brants-live-longer/ and on June 26, KNPR in Nevada aired the story "Bird Love" with Jim Sedinger with the University of Nevada, Reno http://www.knpr.org/son/archive/detail2.cfm?SegmentID=8988&ProgramID=2530.