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Images: Seabirds Face Risks from Climate Change

WHOI biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier, holding an Antarctic snow petrel, is investigating the impacts of climate change on seabirds. She incorporates data on seabird's lifestyles with myriad interlocking environmental factors to construct mathematical models that can project how seabirds' populations will fare in the future. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Many seabirds nest on tiny sub-Antarctic islands such as the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands. Stephanie Jenouvrier collaborates with French research teams that have monitored these bird colonies for decades. In Novenber 2012 she made an unexpected stay on Île de la Possession in the southern Indian Ocean. (Eric Taylor, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Seabirds such as these black-browed albatrosses are iconic sights in the Southern Ocean, but they face an uncertain future. These far-ranging birds mate for life, sometimes living and reproducing into their fifth decade and beyond. Climate change is already affecting some polar regions. WHOI biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier is working to understand how seabirds will respond to climate-influenced changes in the many interlocking parts of their ecosystem, from sea ice, winds, and currents to the availability of food, distances birds must fly to forage, and reproduction rates. (Photo by Charles Bost, CEBC, CNRC, France)
The "hexacopter"—an electric, remotely operated aerial vehicle developed by WHOI scientist Hanumant Singh—is an innovative new technology that will help researchers monitor bird populations. The hexacopter carries a camera to take aerial images of birds on the ground without frightening them with a helicopter's noise or polluting the air. Jenouvrier tested the new tool on an expedition in 2012. (Photo by Stephanie Jenouvrier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
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