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Seabirds as Indicators of Change in Marine Ecosystems [Web Site]

Population status and trends of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris [Full Publications]

Status Review of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in Alaska and British Columbia [Full Publication]

Sand Lance: A Review of Biology and Predator Relations and Annotated Bibliography [Full Publication]

Ecology and Conservation of the Marbled Murrelet [Full Publication]

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Publications

2015

Drew, G. S. and J. F. Piatt. 2015. User's Guide to the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database, Ver. 2.0. USGS Open-File Report 2015-1123, 52 pp. doi:10.3133/ofr20151123 [Details] [Full Publication]

Fellman, J. B., E. Hood, P. A. Raymond, B. Hudson, M. Bozeman, and M. L. Arimitsu. 2015. Evidence for the assimilation of ancient glacier organic carbon in a proglacial stream food web. Limnology and Oceanography In Press. doi:10.1002/lno.10088 [Details] [Full Publication]

O'Neel, S. R., E. Hood, A. Bidlack, S. W. Fleming, M. L. Arimitsu, A. Arendt, E. W. Burgess, C. J. Sergeant, A. H. Beaudreau, K. Timm, G. D. Hayward, J. H. Reynolds, and S. Pyare. 2015. Icefield-to-Ocean Linkages across the Northern Pacific Coastal Temperate Rainforest Ecosystem. BioScience 65(5):499-512. doi:10.1093/biosci/biv027 [Details] [Full Publication]

2014

Shearn-Bochsler, V., E. W. Lance, R. M. Corcoran, J. F. Piatt, B. Bodenstein, E. Frame, and J. Lawonn. 2014. Fatal paralytic shellfish poisoning in Kittlitz's Murrelet nestlings, Alaska. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50(4):933-937. doi:10.7589/2013-11-296 [Details] [Full Publication]

Smith, M. A., N. J. Walker, C. M. Free, M. J. Kirchhoff, G. S. Drew, N. Warnock, and I. J. Stenhouse. 2014. Identifying marine Important Bird Areas using at-sea survey data. Biological Conservation 172:180-189. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2014.02.039 [Details] [Full Publication]

2013

Agness, A. M., K. N. Marshall, J. F. Piatt, J. C. Ha, and G. R. VanBlaricom. 2013. Energy expense of vessel disturbance to individual Kittlitz's murrelets. Marine Ornithology 41(1):13-21. [Details] [Full Publication] [PDF file 227 kb]

Drew, G. S., J. F. Piatt, and D. F. Hill. 2013. Effects of currents and tides in fine-scale use of marine bird habitats in a Southeast Alaska hotspot. Marine Ecology Progress Series 487:275-286. doi:10.3354/meps10304 [Details] [Full Publication] [PDF file 698 kb]

Hatch, S.A. 2013. Kittiwake diets and chick production signal a 2008 regime shift in the Northeast Pacific. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 477:271-284. doi: 10.3354/meps10161. [PDF file 1.01 mb]

Renner, M., J. Parrish, J. F. Piatt, K. J. Kuletz, A. E. Edwards, and G. L. Hunt, Jr.. 2013. Modeled distribution and abundance of a pelagic seabird reveal trends in relation to fisheries. Marine Ecology Progress Series 484:259-277. [Details] [Full Publication]

Schoen, S. K., M. L. Kissling, N. R. Hatch, C. S. Shanley, S. Stephensen, J. K. Jansen, N. Catterson, and S. A. Oehlers. 2013. Marine birds of Yakutat Bay, Alaska: Evaluating summer distribution, abundance, and threats at sea. Marine Ornithology 41:55-61. [Details] [Full Publication]

2012

Arimitsu, M. L., J. F. Piatt, E. N. Madison, J. S. Conaway, and N. Hillgruber. 2012. Oceanographic gradients and seabird prey community dynamics in glacial fjords. Fisheries Oceanography 21(2-3):148-169. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2419.2012.00616.x [Details] [Full Publication] [PDF file 1.07 mb]

Renner, M., M. L. Arimitsu, and J. F. Piatt. 2012. Structure of marine predator and prey communities along environmental gradients in a glaciated fjord. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69:2029-2045. doi:doi:10.1139/f2012-117 [Details] [Full Publication] [PDF file 5.58 mb]

Renner, M., J. K. Parrish, J. F. Piatt, K. J. Kuletz, A. E. Edwards, and G. L. Hunt, Jr. 2012. Modeled distribution and abundance of a pelagic seabird reveal trends in relation to fisheries. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 484:259-277. doi: 10.3354/meps10347 [PDF file 6.71 mb]

2011

Arimitsu, M. L., J. F. Piatt, M. D. Romano, and T. I. Van Pelt. 2011. Status and distribution of the Kittlitz's Murrelet in Kenai Fjords, Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39(1):13-22. [Details] [Full Publication]

Birt, T. P., D. Mackinnon, J. F. Piatt, and V. L. Friesen. 2011. Genetic differentiation of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris in the Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39:45-51. [Details] [Full Publication]

Cury, P. M., I. L. Boyd, S. Bonhommeau, T. Anker-Nilssen, R. J. M. Crawford, R. W. Furness, J. A. Mills, E. J. Murphy, H. Osterblom, M. Paleczny, J. F. Piatt, J. P. Roux, L. Shannon, and W. J. Sydeman. 2011. Global seabird responses to forage fish depletion - one-third for the birds. Science 334(6063):1703-1706. doi:10.1126/science.1212928 [Details] [Full Publication] [PDF file 544 kb] [Supporting online material PDF file 709 kb]

Madison, E. N., J. F. Piatt, M. L. Arimitsu, M. D. Romano, T. I. Van Pelt, K. Nelson, J. Williams, and A. R. DeGange. 2011. Status and distribution of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris along the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak, and Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39(1):111-122. [Details] [Full Publication]

Kuletz, K. J., S. G. Speckman, J. F. Piatt, and E. A. Labunski. 2011. Population status and trends of Kittlitz's Murrelets in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet, Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39:85-95. [Details] [Full Publication]

Piatt, J. F., M. L. Arimitsu, G. S. Drew, E. N. Madison, J. L. Bodkin, and M. D. Romano. 2011. Status and trends of the Kittlitz's in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39(1):65-75. [Details] [Full Publication]

Kissling, M. L., P. M. Lukacs, S. B. Lewis, S. M. Gende, K. J. Kuletz, N. R. Hatch, S. K. Schoen, and S. A. Oehlers. 2011. Distribution and abundance of the Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris in select areas of southeastern Alaska. Marine Ornithology 39:3-11. [Details]

2010

Arimitsu, M. L., J. F. Piatt, M. D. Romano, E. N. Madison, and J. S. Conaway. 2010. Kittlitz's and Marbled Murrelets in Kenai Fjords National Park, south-central Alaska: At-sea distribution, abundance, and foraging habitat, 2006-08. USGS Open-File Report 2010-1181, 68 p. [Details] [Full Publication]

Drew, G. S., D. E. Dragoo, M. Renner, and J. F. Piatt. 2010. At-sea observations of marine birds and their habitats before and after the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 42(3):325-334. doi:10.1657/1938-4246-42.3.325 [Details] [Full Publication]

Drew, G., D. Dragoo, M. Renner, J. F. Piatt. 2010. At-sea observations of marine birds and their habitats before and after the 2008 eruption of Kasatochi Volcano, Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 42(3):325-334. doi:10.1657/1938-4246-42.3.325 [PDF file 2.72 mb]

Kitaysky, A. S., J. F. Piatt, S. A. Hatch, E. V. Kitaiskaia, Z. M. Benowitz-Fredericks, M. T. Shultz, and J. C. Wingfield. 2010. Food availability and population processes: severity of nutritional stress during reproduction predicts survival of long-lived seabirds. Functional Ecology. 24:625-637. [PDF file 380 kb]

Kotzerka, J., S. Garthe, and S. A. Hatch. 2010. GPS tracking devices reveal foraging strategies of Black-legged Kittiwakes. Journal of Ornithology. 151:459-467. doi: 10.1007/s10336-009-0479-y [PDF file 384 kb]

Satterthwaite, W.H., A.S. Kitaysky, S.A. Hatch, J.F. Piatt, M. Mangel. 2010. Unifying quantitative life-history theory and field endocrinology to assess prudent parenthood in a long-lived seabird. Evolutionary Ecology Research 12:779-792. [PDF file 132 kb]

2009

Arimitsu, M. L. 2009. Environmental gradients and prey availability relative to glacial features in Kittlitz's murrelet foraging habitat. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alaska Fairbanks. [PDF 2.61 mb]

Regular, P. M., F. Shuhood, T. Power, W. A. Montevecchi, G. J. Robertson, D. Ballam, J. F. Piatt and B. Nakashima. 2009. Murres, Capelin and Ocean Climate: Inter-annual Associations across a Decadal Shift. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 156:293-302. doi: 10.1007/s10661-008-0484-2 [PDF file 350 kb]

Shultz, M. T., J. F. Piatt, A.M. A. Harding, A. B. Kettle, T. I. Van Pelt. 2009. Timing of breeding and reproductive performance in murres and kittiwakes reflect mismatched seasonal prey dynamics. Marine Ecology Progress Series 393:247-258. doi: 10.3354/meps08136 [PDF file 242 kb]

2008

Agness, A. M., J. F. Piatt, J. C. Ha and G. R. VanBlaricom. 2008. Effects of vessel activity on the nearshore ecology of Kittlitz’s Murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Auk 125:346-353. doi: 10.1525/auk.2008.06203 [PDF file 946 kb]

Arimitsu, M.L., J. F. Piatt, M. A. Litzow, A. A. Abookire, M. D. Romano, and M. D. Robards. 2008. Distribution and spawning dynamics of capelin (Mallotus villosus) in Glacier Bay, Alaska: a cold water refugium. Fisheries Oceanography 17:137-146. [PDF 1.40 mb]

Drew , G.S. and J.F. Piatt. 2008. Using geographic information systems to compare non-uniform marine bird surveys: detecting the decline of Kittlitz’s murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Auk: 178-182. [PDF 821 kb]

Jodice, P. G. R , D. D. Roby, K. R. Turco, R. M. Suryan, D. B. Irons, J. F. Piatt, M. T. Shultz, D. G. Roseneau, and A. B. Kettle. 2008. Growth rates of Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla chicks in relation to delivery rate, size, and energy density of meals. Marine Ornithology 36:107-114. [PDF file 235 kb]

Morris-Pocock, J. A., S. A. Taylor, T. P. Birt, M. Damus, J. F. Piatt, K. Warheit and V. L. Friesen. 2009. Population genetic structure in Atlantic and Pacific Ocean common murre populations (Uria aalge): A natural replicate test of post-Pleistocene evolution. Molecular Ecology. 17(22):4859-4873. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03977.x [PDF file 306 kb]

Renner, M., G. L.Hunt Jr, J. F. Piatt and G. V. Byrd. 2008. Seasonal and distribution patterns of seabirds along the Aleutian Archipelago. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 357:301-311. doi: 10.3354/meps07325 [PDF file 593 kb]

2007

Arimitsu, M. L., Piatt, J. F., Romano, M. D., and Douglas, D. C., 2007, Distribution of forage fishes in relation to the oceanography of Glacier Bay, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 102-106. [PDF 1.33 mb)

Arimitsu, M. L., Romano, M. D., Piatt, J. F., 2007, Groundnesting marine bird distribution and potential for human impacts in Glacier Bay, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 196-200. [PDF 3.15 mb)

Drew, G. S., Piatt, J. F., and Bodkin, J. L., 2007, Population status and trends of marine birds and mammals in Glacier Bay National Park, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 129-132. [PDF 1.28 mb)

Harding, A.M.A., J.F. Piatt and J.A. Schmutz. 2007. Seabird behavior as an indicator of food supplies: Sensitivity across the breeding season. Marine Ecology Progress Series 352: 269-274.

Harding, A. M. A., Piatt, J. F., Schmutz, J. A., Shultz, M. T., Van Pelt, T. I., Kettle, A. B., and Speckman, S. G. 2007. Prey density and the behavioral flexibility of a marine predator: the Common Murre (Uria aalge). Ecology 88:2024-2033. doi: 10.1890/06-1695.1 [PDF file 261 kb]

Jodice, P. G., D. D. Roby, K. R. Turco, R. M. Suryan, D. B. Irons, J. F. Piatt, M. T. Shultz, D. G. Roseneau, A. B. Kettle, J. A. Anthony. 2006. Assessing the nutritional stress hypothesis: the relative influence of diet quantity and quality on seabird productivity. Marine Ecology Progress Series 325: 267-279. [PDF 277 kb]

Kitaysky, A.S., J. F. Piatt and J.C. Wingfield. 2007. Stress hormones link food availability and population processes in seabirds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 352: 245-258.

Piatt, J. F., and S. A. Gende (Eds.). 2007. Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium. U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047. 246 pp.

Piatt, J. F., and A. M. A. Harding. 2007. Population Ecology of Seabirds in Cook Inlet. Pp. 335-352 in: Robert Spies (ed.), Long-term Ecological Change in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. Elsevier, Amsterdam. [PDF 3.91 mb]

Piatt, J.F., A.M.A. Harding, M. Shultz, S.G. Speckman, T. I. van Pelt, G.S. Drew, A.B. Kettle. 2007. Seabirds as indicators of marine food supplies: Cairns revisited. Marine Ecology Progress Series 352:221-234.

Piatt, J. F., and A.M. Springer. 2007. Marine ecoregions of Alaska. Pp. 522-526 in: Robert Spies(ed.), Long-term Ecological Change in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. Elsevier, Amsterdam. [PDF 1.32 mb]

Piatt, J. F., W. J. Sydeman (eds.). 2007. Seabirds as Indicators of Marine Ecosystems. Proceedings of the Pacific Seabird Group Symposium on “Seabirds as Indicators of Marine Ecosystems”, Feb. 19-21, 2006, Girdwood, Alaska. Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol. 352:199-309. doi: 10.3354/meps07070. [PDF file 3.61 mb]

Piatt, J.F., W.J. Sydeman, F. Wiese. 2007. Introduction: A modern role for seabirds as indicators. Marine Ecology Progress Series 352:199-204.

Romano, M. D., Piatt, J. F., and Carter, H. R., 2007, First successfult radio-telemetry study of Kittlitz’s Murrelet— Problems and potential, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 120-123. [PDF 905 kb]

Romano, M. D., Piatt, J. F., Drew, G. S., and Bodkin, J. L., 2007, Temporal and spatial variability in distribution of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Glacier Bay, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 117-119. [PDF 456 kb]

Zador, S. G., and Piatt, J. F., 2007, Simulating the effects of predation and egg-harvest at a gull colony, in Piatt, J.F., and Gende, S.M., eds., Proceedings of the Fourth Glacier Bay Science Symposium, October 26–28, 2004: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5047, p. 188-192. [PDF 1.51 mb)

2006

Kitaysky, A. S., E. Kitaysky, J. F. Piatt and J. Wingfield. 2006. A mechanistic link between chick diet and decline in seabirds? Proceedings of the Royal Society (B). 273:445-450. [PDF 165 kb]

Piatt, J. F., K. J. Kuletz, A. E. Burger, S. A. Hatch, V. L. Friesen, T. P. Birt, M. L. Arimitsu, G. S. Drew, A. M. A. Harding and K. S. Bixler. 2006. Status Review of the Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in Alaska and British Columbia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1387, 630pp.

Piatt, J. F., J. Wetzel, K. Bell, A. R. DeGange, G. R. Balogh, G. S. Drew, T. Geernaert, C. Ladd, and G. V. Byrd. 2006. Predictable hotspots and foraging habitat of the endangered short-tailed albatross (Phoebastria albatrus) in the North Pacific: Implications for conservation. Deep Sea Research II 53: 387-398 [PDF 569 kb]

Renner, H. M., M. Renner, J. H. Reynolds, A. M. A. Harding, I. L. Jones, D. B. Irons, and G. V. Byrd. 2006. Colony mapping: A new tecnique for monitoring crevice-nesting seabirds. The Condor 108:423-434. [PDF 130 kb]

Romano, M.D., J.F. Piatt and D.D. Roby. 2006. Testing the junk-food hypothesis on marine birds: Effects of prey type on growth and development. Waterbirds 29:407-516. [PDF 157 kb]

Springer, A.M., G.B. van Vliet, J.F. Piatt, and E.M. Danner. 2006. Whales and whaling in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea: Oceanographic insights and ecosystem impacts. Pp. 245-261 in Whales, Whaling and Ocean Ecosystems. J.A. Estes, D.P. DeMaster, D.F. Doak, T.M. Williams, and R.L. Brownell, Jr. (eds). University of California Press, Berkeley, USA.

Zador, S., J. F. Piatt, and A. E. Punt. 2006. Balancing predation and egg harvest in a colonial seabird: A simulation colony. Ecological Modelling 195: 318-326 [PDF 534 kb]

2005

Abookire, A. A. and J. F. Piatt. 2005. Oceanographic conditions structure forage fishes into lipid-rich and lipid-poor communities in lower Cook Inlet, Alaska, USA. Marine Ecology Progress Series 287: 229-240. [PDF 316 kb]

Carter, H. R., S. G. Sealy, E. E. Burkett, and J. F. Piatt. 2005. Biology and conservation of Xantus’s Xantus’s Murrelet: discovery, taxonomy, and distribution. Marine Ornithology 33: 81-87. [PDF 1.07 mb]

Carter, H. R., S. G. Sealy, E. E. Burkett, and J. F. Piatt (Eds.). 2005. Xantus’s Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) Special Symposium of the Pacific Seabird Group Conference, January, 2005, Portland, Oregon. Pp. 81-159 in Marine Ornithology, Vol. 33 (2) 2005.

Friesen, V. L., T. P. Birt, J. F. Piatt, R. T. Golightly, S. H. Newman, P.N. Hébert, and G. Gissing. 2005. Population genetic structure and conservation of marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus). Conservation Genetics 6: 607-614. [PDF 257 kb]

Harding, A. H., J. F. Piatt, G. V. Byrd, S. A. Hatch, N. Konyukhov, E.U. Golubova and J.C. Williams. 2005. Measuring variability in colony attendance of crevice-nesting Horned Puffin throughout the North Pacific: Implications for population monitoring. Journal of Wildlife Management 69: 1279-1296. [PDF 4.07 mb]

Hunt, G. L. Jr., G. S. Drew, J. Jahncke, and J. F. Piatt. 2005. Prey consumption and energy transfer by marine birds in the Gulf of Alaska. Deep-Sea Research II, 52:781-797. [PDF 897 kb]

Kitaysky, A. S., M. D. Romano, J. F. Piatt, J. C. Wingfield, and M. Kikuchi. 2005. The adrenocortical response of tufted puffin chicks to nutritional deficits. Hormones and Behavior 47:606-619. [PDF 553 kb]

Ostrand, W. D., T. A. Gotthardt, S. Howlin, and M. D. Robards. 2005. Habitat selection models for Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus) in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 86:131-143. [PDF 469 kb]

Speckman, S. G., J. F. Piatt, C. V. Minte-Vera, and J. K. Parrish. 2005. Parallel structure among environmental gradients and three trophic levels in a subarctic estuary. Progress in Oceanography. 66:25-65. [PDF 2.59 mb]

Zimmerman, C. E., N. Hillgruber, S. E. Burril, M. A. St. Peters, and J. D. Wetzel. 2005. Offshore marine observation of willow ptarmigan, including water landings, Kuskokwim Bay, Alaska. Wilson Bulletin. 117(1):12-14. [PDF 845 kb]

Wang, S. 2005. Foraging patterns of Northern Fulmars in Alaska inferred from fatty acid signature analysis. M.Sc. Thesis, Univ. Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. [PDF 421 kb]

2004

Harding, A. M., T. I. Van Pelt, J. T. Lifjeld, and F. Mehlum. 2004. Sex differences in Little Auk Alle alle parental care: Transition from biparental to paternal-only care. Ibis. 146:642-651. [PDF 144 kb]

Litzow, M. A., J. F. Piatt, A. A. Abookire, and M. D. Robards. 2004. Energy density and variability in abundance of pigeon guillemot prey: Support for the quality-variability trade-off hypothesis. Journal of Animal Ecology 73:1149-1156. [PDF 161 kb]

Litzow, M. A., J. F. Piatt, A. A. Abookire, S. G. Speckman, M. L. Arimitsu and J. D. Figurski. 2004. Spatiotemporal predictability of schooling and nonschooling prey of Pigeon Guillemots. The Condor 106:410-415. [PDF 88 kb]

Piatt, J. F., and A. M. Springer. 2004. Advection, pelagic food webs, and the biogeography of seabirds in Beringia. Marine Ornithology 31: 141-154. [PDF 1.5 mb]

Speckman, S.G., J.F. Piatt, and A.M. Springer. 2004. Small boats disturb fish-holding murrelets. Northwestern Naturalist 85: 32-34. [PDF 293 kb]

2003

Harding, A. M .A, J. F. Piatt and K. C. Hamer. 2003. Breeding ecology of Horned Puffins (Fratercula corniculata) in Alaska: Annual variation and effects of El Niño. Canadian Journal of Zoology 81:1004-1013. [PDF 203 kb]

Kitaysky, A. S., E. V. Kitaiskaia, J. F. Piatt, and J. F. Wingfield. 2003. Benefits and costs of increased levels of corticosterone in seabird chicks. Hormones and Behavior 43: 140-149. [PDF 228 kb]

Lanctot, R. B, S. A. Hatch, V. A. Gill, and M. Eens. 2003. Are corticosterone levels a good indicator of food availability and reproductive success in a seabird colony? Hormones and Behavior 43: 489-502. [PDF 299 kb]

Litzow, M. A. and J. F. Piatt. 2003. Variance in prey abundance influences time budgets of breeding seabirds: Evidence from pigeon guillemots. J. Avian Biol 34: 54-64. [PDF 182 kb]

Speckman, S. G., J. F. Piatt, and A.M. Springer. 2003. Deciphering the social structure of Marbled Murrelets from behavioral observations at sea. Waterbirds 26(3): 266-274. [PDF 911 kb]

2002

Abookire, A. A., J. F. Piatt, and S. G. Speckman. 2002. A nearsurface, daytime occurrence of two mesopelagic fish species (Stenobrachius leucopsarus and Leuroglossus schmidti) in a glacial fjord. Fish Bull. 100:376-380.[PDF 163 KB)

Gill, V.A., and S.A. Hatch. 2002. Components of productivity in black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla): response to supplemental feeding. Journal of Avian Biology 33(2): 113-126. [PDF 324 kb]

Gill, V. A., S. A. Hatch and R. B. Lanctot. 2002. Sensitivity of breeding parameters to food supply in Black-legged kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla. Ibis 144(2): 268-283. [PDF 619 kb]

Harding, A. M., T. I. Van Pelt, J. F. Piatt, and A. S. Kitaysky. 2002. Reduction of provisioning effort in response to experimental manipulation of chick nutritional status in the horned puffin. The Condor 104:842-847. [PDF 67 kb]

Jodice, P. G. R., D. D. Roby, V. A. Gill, S. A. Hatch, R. B. Lanctot, and G. H. Visser. 2002. Does food availability constrain energy expenditure of black-legged kittiwakes raising young? A supplemental feeding experiment. Canadian Journal of Zoology 80:214-222. [PDF 70 kb]

Litzow, M. A., J. F. Piatt, A. K. Prichard, and D. D. Roby. 2002. Response of pigeon guillemots to variable abundance of high-lipid and low-lipid prey. Oecologia 132:286-295. [PDF 153 kb]

Piatt, J. F. and A. S. Kitaysky. 2002. Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata). In The Birds of North America, No. 603 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Pp. 1-27. [PDF 663 kb]

Piatt, J. F. and A. S. Kitaysky. 2002. Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata). In The Birds of North America, No. 708 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA. Pp. 1-32. [PDF 528 kb]

Pitocchelli, J., J. F. Piatt, and H. R. Carter. 2002. Variation in plumage, molt, and morphology of the Whiskered Auklet (Aethia pygmaea) in Alaska. J. Field Ornith., in press. [PDF 122 kb]

Robards, M. D., G. A. Rose, and J. F. Piatt. 2002. Growth and abundance of Pacific sand lance, Ammodytes hexapterus, under differing oceanographic regimes. Environmental Biology of Fishes 64:429-441. [PDF 724 kb]

Wingfield, J. C., and A. S. Kitaysky. 2002. Endocrine responses to unpredictable environmental events: Stress or anti-stress hormones? Integ. Comp. Biol. 42: 600-609. [PDF 890 kb]

2001

Abookire, A., J. F. Piatt, and B. L. Norcross. 2001. Juvenile groundfish habitat in Kachemak Bay, Alaska, during late summer. Alaska Fishery Research Bulletin 8(1): 45-56. [PDF 914 kb]

Kitaysky, A. S., E. V. Kiaiskaia, J. C. Wingfield, and J. F. Piatt.  2001. Dietary restriction causes chronic elevation of coritcosterone and enhances stress response in red-legged kittiwake chicks. J. Comp. Physiol. B. 171: 701-709. [PDF 150 kb]

Kitaysky, A. S., J. C. Wingfield, and J. F. Piatt. 2001. Corticosterone facilitates begging and affects resource allocation in the black-legged kittiwake, Behavioral Ecology 12(5): 619–625. [PDF 116 kb]

2000

Abookire, A. A., J. F. Piatt and M. D. Robards.  2000.  Nearshore fish distributions in an Alaskan estuary in relation to stratification, temperature and salinity.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 51: 45-59. [PDF 224 kb]

Congdon, B. C., J. F. Piatt, K. Martin, and V. L. Friesen.  2000. Mechanisms of population differentiation in marbled murrelets: Historical versus contemporary processes. Evolution. 54(3): 974-986. [PDF 220 kb]

Litzow, M. A., J. F. Piatt, A. A. Abookire, A. K. Prichard, and M. D. Robards. 2000. Monitoring temporal and spatial variability in sandeel (Ammodytes hexapterus) abundance with pigeon guillemot (Cepphus columba) diets.  ICES Journal of Marine Science, 57: 976-986. [PDF 207 kb]

Speckman, S. G. and J. F. Piatt. 2000. Historic and current use of Lower Cook Inlet, Alaska, by Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas. Marine Fisheries Review. 62(3): 22-26.

1999

Anderson, P. J. and J. F. Piatt. 1999. Community reorganization in the Gulf of Alaska following ocean climate regime shift. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 189:117-123. [PDF 1.08 mb]

Kitaysky, A. S., J. F. Piatt, J. C. Wingfield, M. Romano. 1999. The adrenocortical stress-response of Black-legged kittiwake chicks in relation to dietary restrictions. J Comp Physiol B (1999) 169: 303-310.  [PDF 149 kb]

Kitaysky, A. S., J. C. Wingfield, and J. F. Piatt.   1999. Dynamics of food availability, body condition and physiological stress response in breeding Black-legged Kittiwakes. Functional Ecology 13,577-584. [PDF 1.12 mb]

Petersen, M. R., J. F. Piatt, and K. A. Trust. 1999. Foods of Spectacled Eiders Somateria fischeri in the Bering Sea, Alaska. Wildfowl 49:124-128. [PDF 252 kb]

Piatt, J. F., N. L. Naslund, and T. I. Van Pelt. 1999. Discovery of a new Kittlitz's Murrelet nest: Clues to habitat selection and nest-site fidelity.  Northwestern Naturalist  80:8-13. [PDF 832 kb]

Robards, M. D., J. A Anthony, G. A. Rose, J. F. Piatt. 1999.  Changes in proximate composition and somatic energy content for Pacific sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus) from Kachemak Bay, Alaska relative to maturity and season. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 242 (2) pp. 245-258. [PDF 192 kb]

Robards, M. D.,  J. F. Piatt, A. B. Kettle, and A. A. Abookire. 1999. Temporal and geographic variation in fish communities of lower Cook Inlet, Alaska. Fish Bull. 97(4):962-977.  [PDF 236 kb]

Robards M. D., J. F. Piatt, and G. A. Rose. 1999. Maturation, fecundity, and intertidal spawning of Pacific sand lance in the northern Gulf of Alaska.  Journal of Fish Biology 54,. 1050-1068.  [PDF 1.00 mb]

Robards, M. D., M. F. Willson, R. H. Armstrong, J. F. Piatt, eds. 1999.  Sand Lance: A review of biology and predator relations and annotated bibliography. Res. Pap. PNW-RP-521, Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 327 p.  [PDF, Part I 713 kb, Part II 433 kb]

Zador S. G. and Piatt, J. F. 1999. Time-budgets of common murres at a declining and increasing colony in Alaska. Condor 101:149-152.  [PDF 388 kb]

1998

Kuletz, K. and J. F. Piatt. 1998. Juvenile Marbled Murrelet nurseries and the productivity index. Wilson Bulletin 111(2):257-261.  [PDF 459 kb]

Konyukhov, N. B., L. S. Bogoslovskaya, B. M. Zvonov, and T. I. van Pelt. 1998. Seabirds of the Chukotka Peninsula, Russia. Arctic 51:315-329. [PDF 976 kb]

Litzow, M. A., J. F. Piatt, and J. D. Figurski. 1998. Hermit crabs in the diet of Pigeon Guillemots at Kachemak Bay, Alaska. Colonial Waterbirds 21:242-244.[PDF 218 kb]

Springer, A. M., J. F. Piatt, V. P. Shuntov, G. B. van Vliet, V. Vladimirov, A. Kuzin, and A. Perlov. 1998. Marine birds and mammals of the western and eastern subarctic gyres of the North Pacific. Progress in Oceanography 43 (1999) 443-487. [Abstract, PDF 51 kb] [Entire document, PDF 4.57 mb]

Van Pelt, T. I., J. F. Piatt, and G. B. van Vliet. 1998. Vocalizations of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet. Condor 101:395-398. [PDF 344 kb]

1997

Hobson, K. A., J. L. Sease, R. L. Merrick, and J. F. Piatt. 1997. Investigating trophic relationships of pinnipeds in Alaska and Washington using stable isotope ratios of nitrogen and carbon. Marine Mammal Science 13:114-132. [PDF 1.56 mb]

Newman, S. H., J. F. Piatt, and J. White. 1997. Hematological and plasma biochemical reference ranges of Alaskan seabirds: their ecological significance and clinical importance. Colonial Waterbirds 20:492-504.  [PDF 904 kb]

Piatt, J. F., D. D. Roby, L. Henkel, and K. Neuman. 1997. Habitat use, diet, and breeding biology of Tufted Puffins in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Northwestern Naturalist 78:102-109. [PDF 613 kb]

Piatt, J. F., and T. I. Van Pelt. 1997. Mass-mortality of guillemots (Uria aalge) in the Gulf of Alaska in 1993. Marine Pollution Bulletin 34:656-662. [PDF 622 kb]

Robards, M. D., P. J. Gould, and J. F. Piatt. 1997. The highest global concentrations and increased abundance of oceanic plastic debris in the North Pacific: Evidence from seabirds. Pp. 71-80 in Marine Debris. J. M. Coe and D. B. Rogers (Eds.), Springer-Verlag New York Inc. [PDF 1.31 mb]

Van Pelt, T., J. F. Piatt, B. K. Lance, and D. D. Roby. 1997. Proximate composition and energy density of some North Pacific forage fishes. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 118(A):1393-1398.  [PDF 532 kb]

1996

Friesen, V. L., A. J. Baker, and J. F. Piatt. 1996. Phylogenetic relationships within the Alcidae (Charadriiformes: Aves) inferred from total molecular evidence. Molecular Biology and Evolution 13:359-367. [PDF 1.35 mb]

Friesen, V. L., J. F. Piatt, and A .J. Baker. 1996. Evidence from cytochrome B sequences and allozymes for a "new" species of alcid: The Long-billed Murrelet (Brachyramphus perdix). Condor 98:681-690.  [PDF 722 kb]

Piatt J. F., and P. J. Anderson. 1996. Response of Common Murres to the Exxon Valdez oil spill and long-term changes on the Gulf of Alaska marine ecosystem. Pp. 720-737 in: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Symposium Proceedings. Rice, S. D., R. B. Spies, D. A. Wolfe and B. A. Wright (Eds.). American Fisheries Society Symposium 18, Bethesda, Maryland.  [PDF 1.30 mb]

Piatt, J. F., and R. G. Ford. 1996. How many seabirds were killed by the Exxon Valdez oil spill? Pp. 712-719 in: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Symposium Proceedings. Rice, S. D., R. B. Spies, D. A. Wolfe and B. A. Wright, (Eds). American Fisheries Society Symposium 18, Bethesda, Maryland. [PDF 1.01 mb]

Springer, A. M., J. F. Piatt, and G. van Vliet. 1996. Seabirds as proxies of marine habitats in the western Aleutian arc. Fisheries Oceanography 5(1):45-55. [PDF 1.41 mb]

1995

Bailey, K. M., S. A. Macklin, R. K. Reed, R. D. Brodeur, W. J. Ingraham, J. F. Piatt, M. Shima, R. C. Francis, P. J. Anderson, T. C. Royer, A. Hollowed, D. A. Somerton, and W. S. Wooster. 1995. ENSO events in the northern Gulf of Alaska, and effects on selected marine fisheries. CalCOFI Report, Vol. 36: 78-96. [PDF 1.73 mb]

Hatch, S. A., and J. F. Piatt. 1995. Seabirds in Alaska. Pp. 49-52 in Our Living Resources: A report to the Nation (LaRoe, E. T., Farris, G. S., Puckett, C. E., Doran, P. D., and Mac, M. J., Eds.). U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, D.C. 530 pp. [PDF 372 kb]

Ralph, C. J., G. Hunt, M. Raphael, and J. F. Piatt (Eds.).  1995.  Ecology and Conservation of the Marbled Murrelet. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-152. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 420pp. Part 1.) Cover&Contents [PDF 655 kb]; Part 2) Chapters [PDF 11.98 mb]

Robards, M. D., J. F. Piatt, and K. D. Wohl. 1995. Increasing frequency of plastic particle ingestion by seabirds in the subarctic North Pacific. Marine Pollution Bulletin 30: 151-157.  [PDF 629 kb]

Van Pelt, T. I., and J. F. Piatt. 1995. Deposition and persistence of beachcast seabird carcasses. Marine Pollution Bulletin 30:794-802. [PDF 1.30 mb]

1994

Hobsen, K. A., J. F. Piatt, and J. Pitocchelli. 1994. Using stable isotopes to determine seabird trophic relationships. Journal of Animal Ecology 63:786-798. [PDF 2.08 mb]

Moum, T., S. Johansen, K. E. Erikstad, and J. F. Piatt. 1994. Phylogeny and evolution of the auks (subfamily Alcinae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 91: 7912-7916. [PDF 987 kb]

Piatt, J. F., and P. J. Gould. 1994. Post-breeding dispersal and drift-net mortality of endangered Japanese Murrelets. Auk 111:953-961. [PDF 706 kb]

1993

Hunt, G. L., N. M. Harrison, and J. F. Piatt. 1993. Foraging ecology as related to the distribution of planktivorous auklets in the Bering Sea. Pages 18-26 in K. Vermeer, K. T. Briggs, K. H. Morgan, and D. Siegel-Causey (eds.), The Status, Ecology and Conservation of Marine Birds in the North Pacific, Canadian Wildlife Service Special Publication, Ottawa. [PDF 969 kb]

Piatt, J. F., and R. G. Ford. 1993. Distribution and abundance of Marbled Murrelets in Alaska. Condor 95(3):662-669. [PDF 1.03 mb]

1992

Piatt, J. F. and Methven, D. A. 1992. Threshold foraging behavior of baleen whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series 84:205-210. [PDF 505 kb]

1991

Methven, D. A. and J. F. Piatt. 1991. Seasonal abundance and vertical distribution of capelin (Mallotus villosus) in relation to water temperature at a coastal site off eastern Newfoundland. ICES Journal of Marine Science 48: 187-193. [PDF 475 kb]

Piatt, J. F., H. R. Carter, and D. N. Nettleship. 1991. Effects of oil pollution on marine bird populations. Pp. 125-141 in J. White (Ed.) The Effects of Oil on Wildlife: Research, Rehabilitation and General Concerns, Proceedings from the Oil Symposium, Washington D.C., October 16-18, 1990. Sheridan Press, Hanover, PA, 210 pp.  [PDF 1.55 mb]

1990

Bajzak, D. and Piatt, J. F. 1990. Computer-aided procedure for counting waterfowl on aerial photographs. Wildlife Society Bulletin 18(2): 125-129. [PDF 2.01 kb]

Burger, A. E. and J. F. Piatt. 1990. Flexible time budgets in breeding Common Murres: Buffers against variable prey availability. Studies in Avian Biology 14:71-83. [PDF 104mb

Piatt, J. F. 1990. Aggregative response of Common Murres and Atlantic Puffins to their prey. Studies in Avian Biology 14:36-51. [PDF 1.13 mb]

Piatt, J. F., C. J. Lensink, W. Butler, M. Kendziorek, and D. Nysewander. 1990. Immediate impact of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on marine birds. Auk 107:387-397. [PDF 867 kb]

Piatt, J. F., B. D. Roberts, and S. A. Hatch. 1990. Colony attendance and population monitoring of Least and Crested Auklets on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Condor 92: 109-116. [PDF 694 kb]

Piatt, J. F., B. D. Roberts, W. W. Lidster, J. L. Wells, and S. A. Hatch. 1990. Effects of human disturbance on breeding success of Least and Crested Auklets at St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Auk 107:342-350. [PDF 590 kb]

1989

Methven, D. A. and J. F. Piatt. 1989. Seasonal and annual variation in the diet of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in relation to the abundance of capelin (Mallotus villosus) off eastern Newfoundland, Canada. J. Cons. Int. Mer. 45: 223-225. [PDF 183 kb]

Piatt, J. F. and C. J. Lensink. 1989. Exxon Valdez bird toll. Nature 342: 865-866. [PDF 262 kb]

Piatt, J. F., D. A. Methven, A. E. Burger, R. L. McLagan, V. Mercer, and E. Creelman. 1989. Baleen whales and their prey in a sub-arctic coastal environment. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67:1523-1530. [PDF 716 kb]

Piatt, J. F., J. L. Wells, A. MacCharles, and B. S. Fadely. 1989. The distribution of seabirds and fish in relation to ocean currents in the southeastern Chukchi Sea. Pp. 21-31 in: Studies of high-latitude seabirds. 1. Behavioral, energetic, and oceanographic aspects of seabird feeding ecology. Montevecchi, W. A. and A. J. Gaston (Eds). Population Biology and Conservation of Marine Birds Symposium, St. Johns, Newfoundland. [PDF 1.27 mb]

1988

Piatt, J. F., D. A. Methven, and A. E. Burger. 1988. Baleen whales and their prey in a coastal environment. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67: 1523-1530. [PDF 716 kb]

1987

Montevecchi, W. A. and J. F. Piatt. 1987. Dehydration of seabird prey during transport to the colony: effects on wet weight energy densities. Canadian Journal of Zoology 65(11):2822-2824. [PDF 309 kb]

Piatt, J. F. and R. L. McLagan. 1987. Common Murre (Uria aalge) attendance patterns at Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland. Canadian Journal of Zoology 65: 1530-1534. [PDF 481 kb]

Piatt, J. F. and D. N. Nettleship. 1987. Incidental catch of marine birds and mammals in fishing nets off Newfoundland, Canada. Marine Pollution Bulletin 18:344-349. [PDF 1.09 mb]

1986

Schneider, D. C. and J. F. Piatt. 1986. Scale-dependent correlation of seabirds with schooling fish in a coastal ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series 32: 237-246. [PDF 652 kb]

1985

Piatt, J. F. and Nettleship, D. N. 1985. Diving depths of four alcids. The Auk 102: 293-297. [PDF 339 kb]

1984

Montevecchi, W. A. and J. F. Piatt. 1984. Composition and energy contents of mature inshore spawning capelin (Mallotus villosus): Implications for seabird predators. Comp. Biochemical Physiology 78A (1): 15-20. [PDF 436 kb]

Piatt, J. F., D. N. Nettleship, and W. Threlfall. 1984. Net-mortality of Common Murres and Atlantic Puffins in Newfoundland, 1951-81. Pp. 196-207 in Marine birds: Their feeding ecology and commercial fisheries relationships. Nettleship, D. N.; Sanger, G. A.; Springer, P. F. (eds.). Canadian Wildlife Service Special Publication, Ottawa. 220 pp. [PDF 2.15k]

Piatt, J. F. and D. G. Reddin. 1984. Recent trends in the west Greenland salmon fishery, and implications for Thick-billed Murres. Pp. 208-210 in Marine birds: their feeding ecology and commercial fisheries relationships. Nettleship, D. N.; Sanger, G. A.; Springer, P. F. (eds.). Canadian Wildlife Service Special Publication, Ottawa. 220 pp. [PDF 488 kb]

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Reports

2014

Knudson, T.W., R.M. Corcoran, J.R. Lovvorn, J.F. Piatt, and W.H. Pyle.  2014. Breeding Ecology and Behavior of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: 2013 Progress Report.  Refuge report no. 2014.4, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak, AK. 23 pp.

Schoen, S.K., J.F. Piatt, M.L. Arimitsu, E.N. Madison, G.S. Drew, M. Renner, and B. Heflin. 2014.  Seabirds as marine ecosystem indicators across the Aleutian Archipelago. Progress Report. Alaska Science Center. 20 pp.

2013

Corcoran, R.M., H.L. Mackey, J.F. Piatt, and W.H. Pyle.  2013. Breeding Ecology and Behavior of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: 2012 Progress Report.  Refuge report no. 2013.8, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak, AK.

Schoen, S., Piatt, J., Arimitsu, M., Drew, G., Madison, E., and Renner, M. 2013. Seabirds as indicators of forage fish stocks and marine ecosystems in the eastern Aleutian Islands. U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center Annual Progress Report. Anchorage, Alaska. [PDF 1.32 mb]

2012

Lawonn, M.J. 2012. Breeding ecology and nest site selection of Kittlitz’s Murrelets on Kodiak Island. M.Sc. Thesis, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. 135 pp.

Lawonn, M. J., J. F. Piatt, R. M. Corcoran, W. H. Pyle, and D.D. Roby. 2012. Breeding ecology and behavior of Kittlitz’s murrelet in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: 2011 progress report. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. 34 pp.

2011

Allyn, A., D. Irons, A. McKnight, M. L. Arimitsu, and J.F. Piatt. 2011. Population status, diet, and habitat use of Kittliz’s murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Final Report to National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey. 24 pp.

Arimitsu, M. L. J. F. Piatt, and E. N. Madison. 2011. Kittlitz’s murrelet habitat use in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Progress Report. USGS Alaska Science Center. 20 pp.

Kaler, R. S. A., L. A. Kenney, J. C. Williams, G. V. Byrd, and J. F. Piatt. 2011. Breeding ecology of Kittlitz’s Murrelet at Agattu Island, Alaska, in 2010: Progress report. U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. Rep. AMNWR 2011/01.

Lawonn, M. J., J. F. Piatt, R. M. Corcoran, and W. H. Pyle. 2011. Breeding ecology and behavior of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: 2010 Progress Report. Kodiak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2010 Progress Report, 31 pp.

2010

Kaler, R. S. A., L. A. Kenney, J. F. Piatt, J. C. Williams, and G. V. Byrd. 2010. Breeding biology of Kittlitz’s murrelet at Agattu Island, Alaska, in 2009: progress report. U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. Rep. AMNWR 2010/01.

Piatt, J. F., E. Madison, M. Arimitsu, D. Douglas, and M. Kissling. 2010.  Big returns from a small package: Tracking Kittlitz’s Murrelet with the 5.5g solar powered PTT. Microwave Telemetry, Inc., Columbia, MD, Tracker News 11 (2): 8.  www.microwavetelemetry.com

2009

Burkett, E.M., J.F. Piatt, M.J. Lawonn, and W.H. Pyle. 2009. Breeding ecology and behavior of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, 2008.  Anchorage, USGS Alaska Science Center, 2008 Annual Report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 96 pp.

Lawonn, M.J., W.H. Pyle, and J.F. Piatt. 2009. Breeding ecology and behavior of Kittlitz’s Murrelet in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska: 2009 Progress Report. Kodiak, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2009 Annual Report, 29 pp.

Nations, C., L. McDonald, J. Piatt, J. Parrish, and K. Bixler. 2009. Power to Detect Trends in Brachyramphus Murrelet Populations in Southeast Alaska. Draft Final Report for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. WEST Inc., Laramie, WY.

Renner, M., Parrish, J. K., Piatt, J. F., Byrd, G. V., Kuletz, K. J., and Hunt, Jr., G. L. 2009. Is the pelagic distribution of seabirds in the Bering Sea driven by climate change?  A retrospective analysis. Final Report Project No. 609, North Pacific Research Board (NPRB), Anchorage, AK.

2008

Arimitsu, M.L., and J.F. Piatt. 2008. Forage Fish and their Habitats in the Gulf of Alaska and Aleutian Islands: Pilot Study to Evaluate Opportunistic Use of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge Support Vessel for Long-term Studies. North Pacific Research Board Final Report 630, 42 p.

Arimitsu,  M.L., Piatt, J.F., Romano, M.D., Conaway, J. 2008.  Kittlitz’s and Marbled Murrelets in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska: At-sea Distribution and Abundance, and Foraging Habitat: Anchorage, USGS Alaska Science Center, 2007 Annual Report to Kenai Fjords National Park, 61 pp.

Burkett, E., J.F. Piatt, and B. Pyle. 2008. Kittlitz’s Murrelet research on Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge in 2008. Summary Report, Oct. 2008. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK. 3 pp.

Burkett, E. and J.F. Piatt. 2008. Bibliography of Literature on the Kittlitz’s Murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) in Alaska and the Russian Far East,  29 Oct, 2008. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK. 24 pp.

Drew. G.S., S.G. Speckman, J.F. Piatt, J.M. Burgos, and J.L. Bodkin. 2008. Survey Design Considerations for Monitoring Marine Predator Populations in Glacier Bay, Alaska:  Results and Post-hoc Analyses of Surveys Conducted in 1999-2003. USGS Final Report for the National Park Service, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. 153 pp.

Kaler, R.S.A., L.A. Kenney, and J.F. Piatt. 2008. Breeding biology of Kittlitz’s murrelet at Agattu Island, Alaska, in 2008: progress report. U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. Rep. AMNWR 08/17.

Renner, M. and J.F. Piatt. 2008. Are Steller sea lion Eumetopias jubatus population trends related to  nearshore hydroacoustic biomass? USGS Alaska Science Center Final Report for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Seattle, WA. 46 pp.

2007

Arimitsu, M.L., Piatt, J.F., and Romano, M.D. 2007. Distribution of ground-nesting marine birds along shorelines in Glacier Bay, southeastern Alaska: An assessment related to potential disturbance by back-country users: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007–5278, 48 p.

Arimitsu, M.L., M.D. Romano and J.F. Piatt. 2007. Ground-nesting Marine Birds and Potential for Human Disturbance in Glacier Bay National Park.  USGS Alaska Science Center, Final Report to the National Park Service. 46 pp.

2006

Ford, R.G. and J.F. Piatt. 2006. Estimates of Seabird Mortality Resulting from the M/V Citrus Oil Spill at St. Paul, Alaska, 1996. Unpubl. Report for the Department of Justice and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. (Confidential, litigation sensitive).

Harding, A.M., J.F. Piatt and W.J. Sydeman. 2006. Bibliography of literature on seabirds as indicators of the marine environment. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. 20 pp.

Piatt, J.F., W.J. Sydeman, A.M.A. Harding, G. V. Byrd, D.B. Irons, A.M. Springer, K.J. Kuletz. 2006. Seabirds as Indicators of Marine Ecosystems: An Integrated NPRB Science Plan for Alaska. Final Report to the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB Project 516). August 2006. 64 pp.

Piatt, J.F., G.S. Drew, and D.B. Irons. 2006. Atlas of seabird distribution at sea in Alaska. USGS and USFWS, 1011 E. Tudor Rd., Anchorage, Alaska. 33 pp.

Romano, M. D., J. F. Piatt, and C. Dubuisson.  2006.  At-sea Density and Distribution of Kittlitz’s Murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) and Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in Kenai Fjords, Alaska, Summer 2006.  Annual Report for the National Park Service, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 43 pp. (under review)

2005

Arimitsu, M.L., M.D. Romano and J.F. Piatt. 2005. Ground-nesting Marine Birds and Potential for Human Disturbance in Glacier Bay National Park.  Annual Report to the National Park Service. 30 pp.

Drew, G. S. and J. F. Piatt. 2005. North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (NPPSD): Compiling Datasets and Creating an Archive, Accessible Database, and Pelagic Seabird Atlas. Final Report to North Pacific Marine Research Institute Project (NPMRI 18-T2110). U.S Geological Survey, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Piatt, J. F., G. V. Byrd, M. A. Litzow, M. Shultz, T. van Pelt, A. Kettle, and A. Harding. 2004. Protocols for long-term monitoring of seabird ecology in the Gulf of Alaska. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 00501), U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska. [PDF 138 kb]

Piatt, J. F., and D. E. Dragoo. 2005. Seabird, fish, marine mammal, and oceanography coordinated investigations (SMMOCI) in Sitka Sound, Alaska, July 2000. U. S. Fish and Wildl. Serv. Report AMNWR 04/01. [PDF 3.15 mb]

Piatt, J. F., M. D. Romano, V. Gill and A. DeGange. 2005.  Density and abundance of Kittlitz’s Murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) in the Near Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, July 2003.  Final Report for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 24 pp.

Romano, M. D., J. F. Piatt and A. R. DeGange.  2005.  At-sea density and abundance of Kittlitz’s and Marbled Murrelets around Unalaska Island, Alaska, June 2005.  Final Report for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 29 pp.

Romano, M. D., J. F. Piatt, J. Williams and A. DeGange.  2005.  At-sea density and abundance of Kittlitz’s Murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) and Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) at Atka Island, Alaska, June 2004.  Final Report for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 25 pp.

Van Pelt, T. I. and J. F. Piatt.  2005.  Population status of Kittlitz's Murrelet along the southern coast of the Alaska Peninsula.  USGS Science Support Program , Final  Report for U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv., USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 65 pp.

2004

Arimitsu, M.L., and J.F. Piatt. 2004. Field guide to identifying Kittlitz’s Murrelet forage fish. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. <http://www.absc.usgs.gov/research/seabird_foragefish/products/protocols/KIMU_Fish_Guide_Final.pdf>

Arimitsu, M.L., M.D. Romano and J.F. Piatt. 2004. Ground-nesting Marine Birds and Potential for Human Disturbance in Glacier Bay National Park.  Annual Report to the National Park Service. 24 pp.

Drew, G.S. and J.F. Piatt. 2004.  North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (NPPSD): Compiling Datasets and Creating an Archive, Accessible Database, and Pelagic Seabird Atlas. Semi-Annual Report (July 1 – December 31, 2003) of Project NPMRI 18 (T2110) to the North Pacific Marine Research Institute. U.S Geological Survey, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Drew, G.S. and J.F. Piatt. 2004. North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (NPPSD): Compiling Datasets and Creating an Archive, Accessible Database, and Pelagic Seabird Atlas. Semi-Annual Report (January 1 – June 30, 2004) of Project NPMRI 18 (T2110) to the North Pacific Marine Research Institute. U.S Geological Survey, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Piatt, J.F. and G.S. Drew. 2004. Preliminary assessment of marine bird abundance and species composition in the vicinity of the Selendang Ayu grounding, based on historical data from the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database. U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. 10 pp.

Piatt, J. F. 2004. Survival of Adult Murres and Kittiwakes in Relation to Forage Fish Abundance. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 00338), U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska. [PDF 89 mb]

Romano, M. D., M. L. Arimitsu, J. F. Piatt, A. A. Agness and G. S. Drew.  2004.  At-sea density and distribution of Kittlitz’s Murrelets (Brachyramphus brevirostris) and Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) in Glacier Bay, Alaska, Summer 2003.  Annual report for National Park Service.

Schmutz, J. A. and G. V. Byrd. 2004. Modeling the influence of productivity, survival and meta-population dynamics on trends of kittiwakes and murres at the PRibilof Islands, Alaska. Final Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK. 59pp. [PDF 137 mb]

2003

Arimitsu, M. L., M. A. Litzow, J. F. Piatt, M. D. Robards, A. A. Abookire, and G. S. Drew. 2003. Inventory of marine and estuarine fishes in southeast and central Alaska national parks. Final Report to National Park Service, Alaska Region, Inventory and Monitoring Program. USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. 79 pp. [PDF 137 mb]

Drew, G.S. and J.F. Piatt. 2003.  North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (NPPSD): Compiling Datasets and Creating an Archive, Accessible Database, and Pelagic Seabird Atlas. Semi-Annual Report (January 1 – June 30, 2003) of Project NPMRI 18 (T2110) to the North Pacific Marine Research Institute. U.S Geological Survey, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Drew, G. S., J. F. Piatt, G. V. Byrd, and D. E. Dragoo. 2003. Seabird, fisheries, marine mammal, and oceanographic investigations around Kasatochi, Koniuji, and Ulak Islands, August, 1996 (SMMOCI 96-3). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Homer, Alaska. 38 pp. [PDF 1.39 mb]

Friesen, V. L. and J. F. Piatt. 2003. A genetic study to aid in restoration of murres, guillemots and murrelets to the Gulf of Alaska, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report (Restoration Project 00169), U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. [PDF 1.72 mb]

Kitaysky A.S., and J.F. Piatt. 2003. Effects of food stress on survival and reproductive performance of seabirds. Final Report, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Restoration Project  00449.  University of Washington, Seattle, WA and U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska.

Piatt, J.F., and  G.S. Drew. 2003.  Semi-Annual Report (July 1 – December 31, 2002) of Project NPMRI 18 (T2110) to the North Pacific Marine Research Institute. U.S Geological Survey, Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

Van Pelt, T. I. and J. F. Piatt. 2003. Population status of Kittlitz's and Marbled Murrelets and surveys for other marine bird and mammal species in the Kenai Fjords area, Alaska. Annual Report to USFWS, USGS Science Support Project. USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. 65 pp. [PDF 2.21 mb]

2002

Kitaysky, A. K., J. F. Piatt, and J. C. Wingfield. 2002. Are seabirds breeding in the southeastern Bering Sea food-limited? Final Report to the North Pacific Marine Research Program, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks. University of Washington and the Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. 90 pp. [PDF 271k]

Litzow, M. A., J. F. Piatt, and M. L. Arimitsu. 2002. Inventory of marine and estuarine fishes in Southeast Alaska National Parks during summer, 2001. Final Report to the Glacier Bay National Park (Gustavus, AK), USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 20 p. [Details] [PDF 345 kb]

Harding, A. M. A., J. F. Piatt, G. V. Byrd, S. A. Hatch, N. B. Konyukhov, and E. U. Golubova. 2002. Attendance patterns and population monitoring of crevice-nesting Horned Puffins and Parakeet Auklets in the North Pacific. Final Report to the USGS Species at Risk Program (Washington D.C.), USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 50 p. [Details] [PDF 1.07 mb]

Piatt, J. F. (ed.). 2002. Response of seabirds to fluctuations in forage fish density. Final Report to Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council (Restoration Project 00163M) and Minerals Management Service (Alaska OCS Region). Alaska Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska. 406 pp. [Details] Download: [Entire Report - 12.47 mb] or [Part 1 - 2.21 mb] [Part 2 - 3.26 mb] [Part 3 - 4.98 mb] [Part 4 - 1.91 mb]

Robards, M., G. Drew, J. F. Piatt, J. M. Anson, A. Abookire, J. L. Bodkin, P. Hooge, and S. Speckman. 2003. Ecology of selected marine communities in Glacier Bay: Zooplankton, forage fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Final Report for Glacier Bay National Park, National Park Service, Alaska Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska. 169 pp. [PDF 18.5 MB]

Zador, S. G. and J. F. Piatt. 2002. Simulating the effects of predation and egg-harvest at a gull colony. Final Report for Glacier Bay National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Biological Science Office, Anchorage, Alaska 24 pp. [Details] [Full Publication - PDF 305 kb]

2001

Kitaysky, A. S. and J. F. Piatt. 2001. Effects of food stress on survival and reproductive performance of seabirds. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report, (Restoration Project 00449), University of Washington, Seattle, WA and U.S. Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska. [Details]

Piatt, J. F. and G. Ford. 2001. Monitoring seabird populations in areas of oil and gas development on the Alaskan Continental Shelf: A computerized pelagic seabird atlas for Alaska, June 2000. MMS OCS Study 2000-072, 53 p. [Details]

Robards, M. D. and J. F. Piatt. 2001. Ecology and demographics of Pacific sand lance, Ammodytes hexapterus Pallas, in Lower Cook Inlet, Alaska. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Project Final Report, (Restoration Project 00306), U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska. [Details]

2000

Robards, M. and M. Schroeder. 2000. Assessment of nearshore fish around Akutan Harbor using beach seines during March and June 2000.  Unpubl. Rep. for U.S. Fish and Wildl. Serv., USGS Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, 9 pp. [PDF 143 kb]

Kitaysky, A., J.C. Wingfield, and J.F. Piatt. 2000. Effects of Food Stress on Reproductive Performance of Seabirds at Pribilof and Bogoslof Islands, Bering Sea. Preliminary results of studies in 1999 and objectives for the 2000 field season. [HTML]

1999

Robards, M. 1999. Assessment of Nearshore Fish around Unalaska Using Beach Seines During July 1999. [PDF 244 kb]

Robards, M. D., J. F. Piatt, and G. S. Drew. 1999. Distribution and abundance of small schooling fish in nearshore areas of Glacier Bay, Alaska during June, 1999. USGS Alaska Biological Science Center, Anchorage, Preliminary Report. [Details] [ [Full Publication - PDF 764 kb]

Zador, S. G. and J. F. Piatt. 1999. Populations and productivity of seabirds at South Marble Island, Glacier Bay, Alaska, during May-July, 1999. USGS Alaska Biological Science Center and University of Washington, 20. [Details] [Full Publication - PDF 777 kb]

Zador, S. 1999. A guide to Pigeon Guillemot nest sites on South Marble Island, Glacier Bay, Alaska.[PDF 2.54 mb]

Can Murres Recover from Effects of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill? [PDF 428 kb]

Measuring Variability in Forage Fish Abundance [PDF 54 kb]

Food-stress and seabirds in the Bering Sea (UAF-NPMR) [HTML]

1988 - 1998

Cook Inlet Seabird and Forage Fish Studies (CISeaFFS) 1997 [PDF 840 kb]

Cook Inlet Seabird and Forage Fish Studies Summary of 1997 Findings and Accomplishments [PDF 146 kb]

Biological Effects of the 1997/98 ENSO in Cook Inlet, Alaska [PDF 236 kb]

Piatt, J. F. and N. L. Naslund. 1995. Abundance, distribution and population status of Marbled Murrelets in Alaska. Pages 285-294 in C. J. Ralph, G. Hunt, M. Raphael, and J. F. Piatt, (eds.). Ecology and Conservation of the Marbled Murrelet. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-152. US Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, 420 p. [Details]

Piatt, J. F. 1994. Oceanic, shelf and coastal seabird assemblages at the mouth of a tidally-mixed estuary (Cook Inlet, Alaska). Minerals Management Service, Alaska Outer Continental Shelf Region OCS Study MMS 93-0072, 69 p. [Details] [Full Publication - PDF 6.39 mb]

Piatt, J. F., B. Conant, and C. Iverson. 1991. A comparison of aerial and boat-based surveys for marbled murrelets in southeast Alaska, July 23-28, 1991. US Fish and Wildlife Service. [Details] [Full Publication - PDF 54 kb]

Hatch, S. A., J. F. Piatt, B. S. Fadely, and B. D. Roberts. 1990. Monitoring St. Lawrence Island and Cape Thompson seabird populations. Pages 105-111 in Proceedings of the 3rd Information Transfer Meeting. MMS OCS Study 00-0041, 303 p. [Details]

Fadely, B. S., J. F. Piatt, S. A. Hatch, and D. G. Roseneau. 1989. Populations, productivity, and feeding habits of seabirds at Cape Thompson, Alaska. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Final Report to Minerals Management Service, OCS Study 0014. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 429 p. [Details]

Piatt, J. F. and C. J. Lensink. 1989. Exxon Valdez oil spill kills over 27,000 marine birds. August 1988 Research Information Bulletin. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 3 p. [Details]

Piatt, J. F., C. J. Lensink, W. I. Butler, and M. Kendziorek. 1989. Marine birds killed in the Exxon Valdez oil spill. 10 July 1989 Interim Report. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 36 p. [Details]

Piatt, J. F., S. A. Hatch, B. D. Roberts, W. W. Lidster, J. L. Wells, and J. C. Haney. 1988. Populations, productivity, and feeding habits of seabirds on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Final Report to Minerals Management Service, OCS Study 0022. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 235 p. [Details] [PDF 4.56 mb]

Hatch, S. A. and J. F. Piatt. 1987. Monitoring seabird populations in areas of oil and gas development on the Alaskan continental shelf. Interim Report to Minerals Management Service, Anchorage, Alaska, 53 p. [Details]

Piatt, J. F. and J. L. Wells. 1987. Observations on Emperor Geese at St. Lawrence Island, 1987. US Fish and Wildlife Service, 11 p. [Details]

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Protocols

KIMU Fish Guide [PDF 481 kb]

Field Identification Guide to Kittlitz's Murrelets  [PDF 417 kb]

A Field Guide to Murre Bill Loads  [PDF 2907 kb]

Canadian Protocol for Monitoring Seabirds (HTML)

Methods for Conducting Beach Surveys for Dead Birds (1998)  [PDF 94 kb]

Everything you wanted to know about Beach Seining in lower Cook Inlet but were afraid to ask [PDF 500 kb]

Kittlitz's Murrelet Coordinated Observation Program [PDF 994 kb]

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Data Products

NPPSD Database 2.0 Open File Report Drew, G.S., Piatt, J.F., and Renner, M., 2015, User’s guide to the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database 2.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1123, 52 p., doi: 10.3133/ofr20151123 (report) doi:10.5066/F7WQ01T3 (database) [Report PDF 16.5 MB] [Database]
Marine Ecoregions map Marine Ecoregions GIS data layer
- based upon the work of Piatt and Springer (2007).

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