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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: Submissions are closed

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.

Descamps S, Merkel B, Strøm H, Choquet R, Steen H, Fort J, Gavrilo M, Grémillet D, Jakubas D, Jerstad K, Karnovsky NJ, Krasnov YV, Moe B, Welcker J, Wojczulanis-Jakubas K
Sharing wintering grounds does not synchronize annual survival in a high Arctic seabird, the little auk
MEPS SEA: AV1 | Full text in pdf format

Dufour P, Wojczulanis-Jakubas K, Lavergne S, Renaud J, Jakubas D, Descamps S
A two-fold increase in migration distance does not have breeding consequences in a long-distance migratory seabird with high flight costs
MEPS SEA: AV2 | Full text in pdf format

Merkel B, Descamps S, Yoccoz NG, Grémillet D, Fauchald P, Danielsen J, Daunt F, Erikstad KE, Ezhov AV, Harris MP, Gavrilo M, Lorentsen SH, Reiertsen TK, Systad GH, Lindberg Thórarinsson T, Wanless S, Strøm H
Strong migratory connectivity across meta-populations of sympatric North Atlantic seabirds
MEPS SEA: AV3 | Full text in pdf format

Dupuis B, Amélineau F, Tarroux A, Bjørnstad O, Bråthen VS, Danielsen J, Descamps S, Fauchald P, Hallgrimsson GT, Hansen ES, Helberg M, Helgason HH, Jónsson JE, Kolbeinsson Y, Lorentzen E, Thompson P, Thórarinsson TL, Strøm H
Light-level geolocators reveal spatial variations in interactions between northern fulmars and fisheries
MEPS SEA: AV4 | Full text in pdf format

Moe B, Daunt F, Bråthen VS, Barrett RT, Ballesteros M, Bjørnstad O, Bogdanova MI, Dehnhard N, Erikstad KE, Follestad A, Gíslason S, Hallgrimsson GT, Lorentsen SH, Newell M, Petersen A, Phillips RA, Ragnarsdóttir SB, Reiertsen TK, Åström J, Wanless S, Anker-Nilssen T
Twilight foraging enables European shags to survive the winter across their latitudinal range
MEPS SEA: AV5 | Full text in pdf format

Albert C, Bråthen VS, Descamps S, Anker-Nilssen T, Cherenkov A, Christensen-Dalsgaard S, Danielsen J, Erikstad KE, Gavrilo M, Hanssen SA, Helgason HH, Jónsson JE, Kolbeinsson Y, Krasnov Y, Langset M, Lorentzen E, Olsen B, Reiertsen TK, Strøm H, Systad GH, Tertitski G, Thompson PM, Thórarinsson TL, Bustamante P, Moe B, Fort J
Inter-annual variation in winter distribution affects individual seabird contamination with mercury
MEPS SEA: AV6 | Full text in pdf format

Reiertsen TK, Layton-Matthews K, Erikstad KE, Hodges K, Ballesteros M, Anker-Nilssen T, Barrett RT, Benjaminsen S, Bogdanova M, Christensen-Dalsgaard S, Daunt F, Dehnhard N, Harris MP, Langset M, Lorentsen SH, Newell M, Bråthen VS, Støyle-Bringsvor I, Systad GH, Wanless S
Inter-population synchrony in adult survival and effects of climate and extreme weather in non-breeding areas of Atlantic puffins
MEPS SEA: AV7 | Full text in pdf format