For more information about the
following projects contact:
Richard B. Lanctot
Alaska Shorebird Coordinator
S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Migratory Bird Management
1011 E. Tudor
Rd. MS 201
Anchorage, AK 99503
Breeding biology of shorebirds at Barrow, Alaska.
2003 will be the first of a multi-year project that will use marked individuals
and experimental approaches to investigate factors that may regulate population
Population estimate of wintering Buff-breasted Sandpipers.
Satellite image analyses and variable circular ground counts are being used to
determine habitat availability and population size of this rare shorebird.
breeding and wintering sites of the Dunlin. This collaborative project
will examine where five Dunlin subspecies spend the winter, using marked individuals,
genetics, and stable isotopes.
Ecotoxicology of shorebird eggs in Alaska.
This exploratory study will determine the presence and level of organochlorines
and heavy metals in eggs collected from shorebird species that breed in the Arctic
but winter in many parts of the world.
Ecotoxicology of migratory and
wintering shorebirds. Grant application pending. This collaborative
project will examine contaminant loads in shorebirds in Kansas and sites in Argentina
Juliana Bosi de Almeida (Ph.D. student, University of
Nevada Reno) Winter ecology of Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Brazil. Juliana is investigating the abundance, site fidelity, seasonal use and
movements of Buff-breasted Sandpipers using three major wintering sites in Brazil.
Audrey Taylor (Ph.D. student, University of Alaska Fairbanks) Movements
and physiology of shorebirds staging on Alaska's North Slope. Audrey
is documenting the distribution and abundance of pre-migratory shorebirds using
Alaska's North Slope, and investigating whether physiological measurements (fat
metabolism rate and stress levels) can be used to determine shorebird site use,
tenure, and habitat quality.
Nathan Coutsoubos (Ph.D. student, University
of Alaska Fairbanks) Effects of habitat development and disturbance on
breeding shorebirds. Nathan is a new graduate student just beginning
to develop his project on the North Slope.
Last Updated: September 18, 2008