Marine Ecology Progress Series

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Non-breeding distribution and movements of North Atlantic seabirds
The emergence and advances of Global Location Sensor (GLS) loggers have provided a key to study the winter ecology of seabirds and link their breeding populations to their non-breeding habitats. Studying how changes in environmental conditions in wintering areas affect seabird demography and population trends is now possible, providing crucial knowledge for marine spatial planning and seabird conservation. However, to be able to take full advantage of this development, there is a need for multi-year/-site/-species studies. This Theme Section assembles original research articles based on data collected as part of the SEATRACK project — an international tracking program initiated in 2014 and covering the North East Atlantic (SEATRACK). Contributions will target a wide range of topics ranging from large-scale assessments of the spatial conflict between seabirds and fisheries, how winter oceanographic conditions influence winter movements and demography, to inter-individual and within-individual variability in non-breeding movement patterns and new methodologies using GLS and environmental data to better describe and understand crucial parts of the annual life cycle of seabirds.

Organizers: Hallvard Strøm, Sébastien Descamps, Per Fauchald, Børge Moe, Morten Ekker

Editors: Kyle Elliot, Samantha Patrick, Steve Votier, Rory P. Wilson

Status: Open for submissions

Individual Theme Section articles are published 'Advance View' as soon as they are ready. Once the Theme Section is completed, they will be fully published in a regular volume of MEPS and given a volume number and page range. Theme Section literature cites within the articles will also be updated.