Understanding How Albatrosses Respond to Climate Change

Completion date January 30, 2014
(Credit: Deanna Spooner, USFWS)
(Credit: Deanna Spooner, USFWS)

Location: Hawaiian Islands

How does climate variability affect albatross reproduction?

Climate variability will have important effects on the future of marine ecosystems and may present a significant challenge for marine top predators. This project investigates how current patterns of natural climate variability (e.g., El Niño Southern Oscillation events) impact Laysan and black-footed albatrosses that breed in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, then utilizes this information to model possible responses of the birds to long-term climate-driven changes in ocean conditions.

Project partners:

Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California- Santa Cruz

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service