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ABOUT THE ALASKA
SCIENCE CENTER

SCIENCE OFFICES

CONFERENCES

USGS ALASKA DATA RESOURCES

OTHER ALASKA AREA
SCIENCE OFFICES

Robert E. Gill Jr.

Title: Research Wildlife Biologist
Address: 4210 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508-4626
Phone: (907) 786-7184
Fax: (907) 786-7021
Email: rgill@usgs.gov

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Education and/or Training

M.S.1972San Jose State University, San Jose, CABiology
B.A.1970San Jose State College, San Jose, CAWildlife Management

Areas of Specialization and/or Research Interests

Avian migration, population assessment, demographics, shorebird ecology and conservation, estuarine ecology.

Professional Experience

1996 - PresentWildlife Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1993 - 1996Wildlife Biologist, NBS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1987 - 1993Wildlife Biologist, USFWS, Alaska Fish and Wildlife Research Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1984 - 1987Wildlife Biologist, Denver Wildlife Research Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1981 - 1983Wildlife Biologist, Seattle National Fisheries Research Center, Anchorage, Alaska
1976 - 1980Wildlife Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska
1973 - 1976Wildlife Biologist, California Department of Fish and Game, Sacramento, California

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

Western Field Ornithologists (Board of Directors, 1999-present; Assoc. Editor)
Cooper Ornithological Society (Life Member)
American Ornithologists' Union (Life Member, Elected Member)
Wader Study Group (Executive Committee, 1999-2008; Assoc. Editor)
Arctic Institute of North America (Life Member)
Australasian Wader Studies Group (North American Representative, 2001-present)
Russian Working Group on Waders
New Zealand Wader Study Group
Miranda Naturalists Trust (Life Member)
Australasian Wader Study Group

Significant Recent Publications

Gill, R. E., Jr., D. C. Douglas, C. M. Handel, T. L. Tibbitts, G. Hufford, and T. Piersma. 2014. Hemispheric-scale wind selection facilitates Bar-tailed Godwit circum-migration of the Pacific. Animal Behaviour 90:117-130. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.01.020

Hooijmeijer, J., R. E. Gill, Jr., D. M. Mulcahy, T. L. Tibbitts, R. Kentie, G. J. Gerritsen, L. W. Bruinzeel, D. C. Tijssen, and C. M. Harwood. 2014. Abdominally implanted satellite transmitters affect reproduction and survival rather than migration of large shorebirds. Journal of Ornithology, doi: 10.1007/s10336-013-1026-4.

Ruthrauff, D. R., R. E. Gill, Jr., and T. L. Tibbitts. 2013. Coping with the cold: An ecological context for the abundance and distribution of Rock Sandpipers during winter in Upper Cook Inlet, Alaska. Arctic 66:269-278.

Ruthrauff, D. R., A. Dekinga, R. E. Gill, Jr., and T. Piersma. 2013. Identical metabolic rate and thermal conductance in Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis) subspecies with contrasting nonbreeding life histories. Auk 130:60-68. doi: 10.1525/auk.2012.12081

Ruthrauff, D. R., A. Dekinga, R. E. Gill, Jr., R. W. Summers, and T. Piersma. 2013. Ecological correlates of variable organ sizes and fat loads in the most northerly-wintering shorebirds. Canadian Journal of Zoology 91(10): 698-705. doi: 10.1139/cjz-2013-0070.

Gill, Jr., R. E., C. M. Handel, D. R. Ruthrauff. 2013. Intercontinental migratory connectivity and population structuring in Dunlins (Calidris alpina) from western Alaska. Condor 115(3):525-534. doi: 10.1525/cond.2013.120127.

Warnock, N., C. M. Handel, R. E. Gill Jr., and B. J. McCaffery. 2013. Residency times and patterns of movement of postbreeding Dunlin on a subarctic staging area. Arctic 66(4):407-416.

Gutiérrez, J. S., M. W. Dietz, J. A. Masero, R. E. Gill, Jr. A. Dekinga, P. F. Battley, J. M. Sánchez-Guzmán and T. Piersma. 2012. Functional ecology of saltglands in shorebirds: Flexible responses to veriable environmental conditions. Functional Ecology. 26:236-244. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2435.2011.01929.x.

Ruthrauff, D. R., T. L. Tibbitts, R. E Gill, Jr., M. N. Dementyev, and C. M. Handel. 2012. Small population size of Pribilof Rock Sandpipers confirmed through distance-sampling surveys in Alaska. Condor 114:544-551.

Williams, I., B. M. Guzzetti, J. R. Gust, G. K. Sage, R. E. Gill Jr., T. L. Tibbitts, S. A. Sonsthagen, and S.L. Talbot. 2012. Polymorphic microsatellite loci identified through development and cross-species amplification within shorebirds. Journal of Ornithology. 153:593-601. doi: 10.1007/s10336-011-0811-1

Battley, P. F., N. Warnock, T. Lee Tibbitts, R. E. Gill, Jr., T. Piersma, C. J. Hassell, D. C. Douglas, D. M. Mulcahy, B. D. Gartrell, R. Schuckard, D. S. Melville, and A. C. Riegen. 2011. Contrasting extreme long-distance migration patterns in Bar-tailed Godwits. J. Avian Biology 43(1):21-32. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-048X.2011.05473.x.

Hall, J. S., J. C. Franson, R. E. Gill, C. U. Meteyer, J. L. TeSlaa, S. Nashold, R. J. Dusek, and H. S. Ip. 2011. Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. doi: 10.1111/j.1750-2659.2011.00238.x

Lindstrom, A., R. E. Gill, Jr., S. E. Jamieson, B. McCaffery, L. Wennerberg, M. Wikelski, and M. Klaassen. 2011. A puzzling migratory detour: Are fueling conditions in Alaska driving the movement of juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers? The Condor 113(1):129-139.

Mulcahy, D. M., B. Gartrell, R. E. Gill, Jr., T. L. Tibbitts, and D. R. Ruthrauff. 2011. Coelomic implantation of satellite transmitters in the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) and the Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis) using propofol, bupivacaine, and lidocaine. J. Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 42:54-64. doi: 10.1638/2010-0040.1

Pearce, J. P., A. M. Ramey, H. S. Ip, and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2010. Limited evidence of trans-hemispheric movement of avian influenza viruses among contemporary North American shorebird isolates. Virus Research 148:44–50.

Handel, C. M., and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2010. Wayward youth : Trans-Beringian movement and differential southward migration by juvenile Sharp-tailed Sandpipers. Arctic 63(3):273-288.

Gill, R. E., Jr., and P. S. Tomkovich, R. David, M. Dementyev, and A. Dibben-Young. 2010. Longevity, movements, and site fidelity in Wandering Tattlers Heteroscelus incanus. Wader Study Group Bulletin 117:187-189.

Fernández, G., J. B. Buchanan, R. E. Gill, Jr., R. Lanctot, and N. Warnock. 2010. Conservation plan for Dunlins with breeding populations in North America (Calidris alpina arcticola, C. a. pacifica, and C. a. hudsonia). Manomet Center for Conservation Science and Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Version 1.1. Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Manomet, Massachusetts.

McCaffery, B. J., R. E. Gill, Jr., D. Melville, A. Riegen, P. Tomkovich, M. Dementyev, M. Sexson, R. Schuckard and S. Lovibond. 2010. Variation in timing, behaviour, and plumage of spring migrant Bar-tailed Godwits on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska. Wader Study Group Bulletin 117:179-185.

Gill, R. E., Jr., T. L. Tibbitts, D. C. Douglas, C. M. Handel, D. M. Mulcahy, J. C. Gottschalck, N. Warnock, B. J. McCaffery, P. F. Battley, and T. Piersma. 2009. Extreme endurance flights by landbirds crossing the Pacific Ocean: Ecological corridor rather than barrier? Proc. R. Soc. B 276:447-457.

Ip, H., P. Flint, C. Franson, R. Dusek, D. Derksen, R. Gill, Jr., C. Ely, J. Pearce, R. Lanctot, S. Matsuoka, D. Irons, J. Fischer, R. Oats, M. Petersen, T. Fondell, D. Roque, J. Pedersen, and T. Rothe. 2008. Prevalence of Influenza A viruses in wild migratory birds in Alaska: Patterns of variation in detection at a crossroads of intercontinental flyways. Virology Journal 5:71.

Davidson, N. C. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2008. How do Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres prepare to cross the Pacific? Wader Study Group Bull. 115:33–35.

Davidson, N. C. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2008. How do Ruddy Turnstones Arenaria interpres prepare to cross the Pacific? – a “pre-script” . . . Wader Study Group Bulletin115:127.

McCaffery, B.J. C. M. Handel, R. E. Gill, Jr., and D. Ruthrauff. 2007. The blind men and the elephant: Concerns about the use of juvenile proportion data. Stilt 50:194-204.

Morrison, G., B. J. McCaffery, R. E. Gill, Jr., S. K. Skagen, S. L. Jones, G. W. Page, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, and B. Andres. 2006. Population estimates of North America shorebirds, 2006. Wader Study Group Bulletin 111:67-85

Stroud, D., A. Baker, D. Blanco, N. Davidson, B. Ganter, R. Gill, P. Gonzales, L. Haanstra, R. I. G. Morrison, T. Piersma, D. Scott, O. Thorup, R. West, J. Wilson, and C. Zockler. 2006. The conservation and population status of the world’s waders at the turn of the millennium. Pages 643–648 in Waterbirds around the world (G. Boere, C. Galbraith, and D. Stroud, Eds.). The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, UK.

Gill, R. E., Jr., T. Piersma, G. Hufford, R. Servranckx, and A. Riegen. 2005. Crossing the ultimate ecological barrier: Evidence for an 11,000-km-long non-stop flight from Alaska to New Zealand and Eastern Australia by Bar-tailed Godwits. Condor 107:1-20.

Gill, R. E., Jr. and P. S. Tomkovich. 2004. Subarctic, alpine nesting by Baird’s Sandpipers Calidris bairdii. Wader Study Group Bulletin 104:1-13

Gill, R. E., Jr., P. S. Tomkovich, and B. J. McCaffery. 2002. Wandering Tattler (Heteroscelus incanus). The Birds of North America, No. 642, In A. Poole and F. Gill, (eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Gill, R. E., Jr., P. S.Tomkovich, and B. J. McCaffery. 2002. Rock Sandpiper (Calidris ptilocnemis). The Birds of North America, No. 691, In A. Poole and F. Gill, (eds.), The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Marks, J. S., T. L. Tibbitts, R. E. Gill, Jr., and B. J. McCaffery. 2002. Bristle-thighed Curlew (Numenius tahitiensis). In The Birds of North America, No. 705 In A. Poole and F. Gill, (eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2001. Black Turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala). The Birds of North America, No. 593, In A. Poole and F. Gill, (eds). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

McCaffery, B. J. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2001. Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica). The Birds of North America, No. 581 In A. Poole and F. Gill, (eds.), The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

Handel, C. M. and R. E. Gill, Jr. 2000. Mate fidelity and breeding site tenacity in a monogamous sandpiper, the Black Turnstone. Anim. Behav. 58:471-481.

For all publications prior to 2000, please see the Shorebird Research Products Page.

Websites of Interest

Shorebird Research at the Alaska Science Center

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