Conservation of Marine Birds

Conservation of Marine Birds

1st Edition - September 27, 2022

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  • Editors: Lindsay Young, Eric VanderWerf
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323885409
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323885393

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Conservation of Marine Birds is the first book to outline and synthesize the myriad of threats faced by one of the most imperiled groups of birds on earth. With more than half of all 346 seabird species worldwide experiencing population declines and 29% of species recognized as globally threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the timing to determine solutions to threats could not be more urgent. Written by a diverse team of international experts on marine birds, this book explores the environmental and biogeographical factors that influence seabird conservation and provides concrete recommendations for mounting climate change issues. This book will be an important resource for researchers and conservationists, as well as ecologists and students who want to understand seabirds, the threats they are facing, and tactics to help conserve and protect them.

Key Features

  • Outlines both threats and solutions in the marine and terrestrial realm
  • Synthesizes information to provide a comprehensive strategy moving forward, especially considering climate change
  • Created by a team of experts with the latest and most comprehensive knowledge of seabird conservation


Conservationists, researchers, and practitioners involved in seabird and marine life protection. Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in conservationism, ornithology, animal science, and ecology; policymakers involved in marine and coastal conservation decisions

Table of Contents

  • Section I: Threats
    1. Ecology of marine birds
    Lindsay C. Young and Lisa T. Ballance
    2. Conservation status and overview of threats to seabirds
    Richard A Phillips, Jérôme Fort, and Maria P Dias
    3. Interactions between fisheries and seabirds: prey modification, discards and bycatch
    William A. Montevecchi
    4. Invasive species
    Dena R. Spatz, Holly Jones, Elsa Bonnaud, Peter Kappes, Nick D. Holmes, and Yuliana Bedolla Guzmán
    5. Health and Diseases
    Ralph Eric Thijl Vanstreels, Marcela M. Uhart, and Thierry Work
    6. Pollution - lights, plastics, oil, and contaminants
    Morgan Gilmour, Stephanie Borrelle, Linda Elliott, Rae Okawa, and Airam Rodriguez
    7. Exploitation and disturbance
    D.C. Duffy and V. Peschko
    8. Climate change: the ecological backdrop of seabird conservation 
    Pierre A. Pistorius, William J. Sydeman, Yutaka Watanuki, Sarah Ann Thompson, Florian Orgeret

    Section II: Solutions
    9. Introduction and historical approaches to seabird conservation
    Colin M. Miskelly
    10. Legal and cooperative mechanisms for conserving marine birds
    Mi Ae Kim, Craig S. Harrison, and Mark L. Tasker
    11. Cultural aspects of seabird management
    Kawika B. Winter, Rebecca C. Young, and Phil Lyver
    12. Managing harvests of seabirds and their eggs
    Liliana C. Naves and Thomas C. Rothe
    13. Mitigating light attraction
    Airam Rodriguez
    14. Reducing collisions with structures
    Marc S. Travers
    15. Conservation of Marine Birds: Biosecurity, control, and eradication of invasive species threats
    Nick Holmes, Rachel Buxton, Holly Jones, Federico Méndez Sánchez, Steffen Oppel, James Russell, Dena Spatz, Araceli Samaniego
    16. Fisheries regulation and conserving prey bases
    Mark Tasker and William J. Sydeman
    17. Bycatch reduction
    Edward F. Melvin, Anton Wolfaardt, Rory Crawford, Eric Gilman, and Cristián G. Suazo
    18. Protecting marine habitats: spatial conservation measures for seabirds at sea
    Robert A. Ronconi, Joanna L. Smith, and Karel A. Allard
    19. Restoration and assisted colonization by social attraction and translocation
    Eric A. VanderWerf, Stephen Kress, Yuliana Bedolla Guzmán, Dena Spatz, Graeme Taylor, and Helen Gummer
    20. Conclusions and the future of seabird conservation
    Lindsay C. Young and Eric A. VanderWerf

Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: September 27, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323885409
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323885393

About the Editors

Lindsay Young

Dr. Lindsay Young is the Executive Director of Pacific Rim Conservation, a non-profit organization she co-founded with Eric VanderWerf to address research and management needs of native species across the Pacific. She earned an MS and Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Young has specialized in creating “mainland islands” through predator proof fencing followed by habitat restoration and seabird attraction and translocation. In 2014 she oversaw the construction of a predator proof fence at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge followed by intensive habitat restoration in anticipation of translocating Hawaiian Petrels and Newell’s Shearwaters. Dr. Young has authored several dozen scientific papers, served as the treasurer for the Pacific Seabird Group, the local chair of PSG twice, the chair of the North Pacific Albatross Working Group, and the North Pacific correspondent for ACAP (Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels).

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, Pacific Rim Conservation, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Eric VanderWerf

Dr. Eric A. VanderWerf is the Director of Science of Pacific Rim Conservation. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of Hawai`i, where his research focused on plumage variation and effects of habitat disturbance and diseases on population biology of the Hawai`i Elepaio. He has worked on a variety of conservation and ornithological projects in Hawai`i and throughout the Pacific and was previously with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Dr. VanderWerf has authored over 100 scientific papers, book chapters, government documents, and technical reports, serves as the leader of the Hawaiian Forest Bird Recovery Team for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on the Endangered Species Recovery Committee for State of Hawai`i, as an associate editor for the Condor, and as an associate editor of the Birds of North America.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Science, Pacific Rim Conservation, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

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