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  • Dr. Craig directs the Isles of Shoals Seabird Ecology and Conservation Program, promoting the conservation of aquatic birds in the Gulf of Maine through management, monitoring, and student-driven research. As top predators, seabirds are sentinels of marine ecosystem function and ocean health. They are threatened by environmental contamination, coastal habitat destruction, overharvesting of resources, and climate change. Our team applies insights from seabird ecology to identify conservation challenges and guide management action in the context of a changing ocean.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2023 Variation in isotopic niche partitioning between adult roseate and common terns in the Northwest AtlanticEndangered Species Research.  50:235-247. 2023
    2022 Hypersaline spray increases habitat heterogeneity and nesting density in an island-nesting seabirdWildlife Society Bulletin: perspectives on wildlife conservation and sustainable use.  46. 2022
    2022 Incidence of microplastic fiber ingestion by Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) and Roseate Terns (S. dougallii) breeding in the Northwestern Atlantic.Marine Pollution Bulletin.  177:113560. 2022
    2020 Foraging strategy impacts plastic ingestion risk in seabirdsLIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY LETTERS.  5:163-168. 2020
    2019 Seabird and Plastic Ingestion Data Set 2019
    2018 Migratory routes and wintering locations of declining inland North American Common TernsAuk: a quarterly journal of ornithology.  135:385-399. 2018
    2016 Aquaculture depredation by doubleā€crested cormorants breeding in Eastern North AmericaJournal of Wildlife Management.  80:57-62. 2016
    2015 Identifying Important Foraging Habitat for Colonial Waterbirds in an Urban Estuary: a Stable Isotope ApproachWaterbirds: the international journal of waterbird biology.  38:330-338. 2015
    2015 Isotopic Discrimination in the Double-Crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus).PLoS ONE.  10:e0140946. 2015
    2012 Impacts of Double-Crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) and Other Colonial Waterbirds on Plant and Arthropod Communities on Islands in an Urban EstuaryWaterbirds: the international journal of waterbird biology.  35:4-12. 2012
    2009 The growth response of Alternanthera philoxeroides in a simulated post-combustion emission with ultrahigh [CO2] and acidic pollutants.Environmental Pollution.  157:2118-2125. 2009
    Effects of Atlantic butterfish ( Peprilus triacanthus ) in diets of Common Terns ( Sterna hirundo ): a case study of climate change effects in the Gulf of MaineAvian Conservation and Ecology.  18.

    Education And Training

  • B.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D. Zoology and Wildlife Conservation, Cornell University
  • Full Name

  • Elizabeth Craig