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Ian C. T. Nisbet
Massachusetts Audubon Society
EcologySternaTernHirundoBiology
102Publications
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Abstract: The Bermuda Islands, a 57-km² atoll-like archipelago located at 32°19'N, 64°45'W, are the only truly oceanic islands in the northwestern Atlantic. Accounts of seabirds nesting at the time of settlement in the early 17th century suggest that several tern species, including the Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus), Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus), Bridled Tern (O. anaethetus), Least Tern (Sternula antillarum), Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii), and Common Tern (S. hirundo), might have been nesti...
#1Ian C. T. NisbetH-Index: 33
#2Michael GochfeldH-Index: 53
Last. Joanna BurgerH-Index: 71
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#1Ian C. T. NisbetH-Index: 33
Last. Michael A. PattenH-Index: 25
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#1Ian C. T. NisbetH-Index: 33
#2D. V. WeselohH-Index: 14
Last. Michael A. PattenH-Index: 25
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Some previous studies of seabirds have suggested that birds renesting after earlier failures may lay smaller clutches and smaller eggs than the same birds in their first nestings. Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) were studied at a site where most first clutches and broods were destroyed by high seas from a hurricane on 22 June 1972. Most or all pairs renested 8-17 d (mean 11.2 d ± 2.1SD) after failure. Renesting pairs had lower clutch size than first-nesting pairs (means 2.11 vs 2.85), lighter eggs...
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#1Manuel García-Quismondo (University of Seville)H-Index: 8
#2Ian C. T. NisbetH-Index: 33
Last. J. Michael Reed (Tufts University)H-Index: 33
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Abstract The endangered population of roseate terns ( Sterna dougallii ) in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean consists of a network of large and small breeding colonies on islands. This type of fragmented population poses an exceptional opportunity to investigate dispersal, a mechanism that is fundamental in population dynamics and is crucial to understand the spatio-temporal and genetic structure of animal populations. Dispersal is difficult to study because it requires concurrent data compilatio...
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#1Jeffrey A. Spendelow (Patuxent Wildlife Research Center)H-Index: 17
#2David Monticelli (UC: University of Coimbra)H-Index: 10
Last. Carolyn S. MostelloH-Index: 6
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We used 22 yr of capture–mark–reencounter (CMR) data collected from 1988 to 2009 on about 12,500 birds at what went from three to five coastal colony sites in Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut, United States, to examine spatial and temporal variation in breeding dispersal/fidelity rates of adult Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii). At the start of our study, Roseate Terns nested at only one site (Bird Island) in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, but two more sites in this bay (Ram and Penikese Is...
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#1Diane NacciH-Index: 22
#2Mark E. HahnH-Index: 55
Last. Ian C. T. NisbetH-Index: 33
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Common and roseate terns are migratory piscivorous seabirds with major breeding colonies within feeding range of the polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated New Bedford Harbor (NBH, MA, USA) Superfund site. Our longitudinal study shows that before PCB discharges into NBH ceased (late 1970s), tern eggs had very high but variable PCB concentrations. However, egg concentrations of PCBs as well as DDE (1,1-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-2,2-dichloroethene), the degradation product of the ubiquitous global ...
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#1Ian C. T. NisbetH-Index: 33
#2David Monticelli (UC: University of Coimbra)H-Index: 10
Last. Patricia Szczys (Eastern Connecticut State University)H-Index: 5
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