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Kyle H. Elliott
McGill University
40Publications
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#1Angelika A. Aleksieva (McGill University)
#2Jason R. Treberg (UM: University of Manitoba)H-Index: 20
Last.Kyle H. Elliott (McGill University)H-Index: 9
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Abstract Age is an important parameter for a variety of ecological applications, including population viability analyses, contaminants monitoring and targeting of individuals for conservation. While many organisms can be aged by annual rings, dentition and other techniques (i.e., fish otoliths, clam growth rings, mammal tooth wear), there are no minimally invasive biomarkers for accurately aging birds in the wild. For the past century, banding has been the only way to identify a bird of known ag...
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#1Philippe Grenier (McGill University)
#2John E. ElliottH-Index: 40
Last.Kyle H. Elliott (McGill University)H-Index: 9
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Abstract Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contaminate pristine, alpine environments through long-range transport in the atmosphere and glacier trapping. To study variation in POPs levels in western Canada, we measured levels in the prey (fish) of osprey (Pandion haliaetus) during 1999–2004, and compared those to levels in eggs and chicks. Values in fish muscle (representing human consumption) correlated with whole carcasses (wildlife consumption) for all POPs, except toxaphene, allowing us t...
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#1Aroha MillerH-Index: 5
#2John E. ElliottH-Index: 40
Last.Abde IdrissiH-Index: 4
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Abstract Assessing the fate of both legacy and newer persistent organic pollutants (POPs) is an ongoing challenge. Top predators, including seabirds, are effective monitors of POPs because they forage over a range of marine habitats, integrating signals over space and time. However, migration patterns can make unravelling contaminant sources, and potentially assessments of the effectiveness of regulations, challenging if chemicals are acquired at distant sites. In 2014, we fitted geolocators on ...
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#1Ana Morales (McGill University)
#2Barbara Frei (McGill University)H-Index: 4
Last.Kyle H. Elliott (McGill University)H-Index: 9
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Abstract Point-of-care devices offer the potential to democratize a suite of physiological endpoints and assess the nutritional state of wild animals through plasma metabolite profiling. Measurements of plasma metabolites typically occur on frozen tissue in the laboratory, thus dissociating measurements from field observations. Point-of-care devices, widely used in veterinary and human medicine, provide rapid results (seconds or minutes) allowing in situ measurements of wild animals in remote ar...
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#1Natalie J. Thimot (McGill University)
#2Rodger D. Titman (McGill University)H-Index: 14
Last.Shawn R. Craik (Université Sainte-Anne)H-Index: 2
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Among birds exhibiting conspecific brood parasitism (CBP), parasites demonstrate a variety of intriguing tactics for selecting a host nest, including preference for safe nests (i.e., avoiding nests depredated during the previous season). Brood parasites of birds that do not reuse nest sites, however, are limited to nest-site information available to them during the current breeding season. This study explores cues used by brood parasites in a population of red-breasted mergansers nesting in upla...
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#1Philip M. Collins (University of Roehampton)H-Index: 3
#2Jonathan A. Green (University of Liverpool)H-Index: 24
Last.Lewis G. Halsey (University of Roehampton)H-Index: 28
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#1Shannon Whelan (McGill University)H-Index: 1
#2Scott A. HatchH-Index: 29
Last.Kyle H. Elliott (McGill University)H-Index: 9
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Individual condition at one stage of the annual cycle is expected to influence behaviour during subsequent stages, yet experimental evidence of food-mediated carry-over effects is scarce. We used a...
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#1Émile Brisson-Curadeau (McGill University)H-Index: 2
#2Kyle H. Elliott (McGill University)H-Index: 9
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ABSTRACT Endothermic animals regulate body temperature by balancing metabolic heat production and heat exchange with the environment. Heat dissipation is especially important during and immediately after demanding activities such as flapping flight, the most energetically expensive mode of locomotion. As uninsulated appendages, bird bills present a potential avenue for efficient heat dissipation. Puffins possess large bills and are members of the bird family with the highest known flight cost. H...
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#1Ana Gabriela Jimenez (Colgate University)H-Index: 10
#2Erin S. O'Connor (Colgate University)
Last.Kyle H. Elliott (McGill University)H-Index: 9
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ABSTRACT In birds, many physiological parameters appear to remain constant with increasing age, showing no deterioration until ‘catastrophic’ mortality sets in. Given their high whole-organism metabolic rate and the importance of flight in foraging and predator avoidance, flight muscle deterioration and accumulated oxidative stress and tissue deterioration may be an important contributor to physiological senescence in wild birds. As a by-product of aerobic respiration, reactive oxygen species ar...
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