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Marine Bird Mass Mortality Events as an Indicator of the Impacts of Ocean Warming

July, 2023 Marine Ecology Progress Series

Data from our Beach Watch surveys help show the impact of warming oceans on seabird populations. A just-released study, led by the University of Washington and published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, used data collected by community scientists from California to Alaska to understand how persistent marine heatwaves relate to seabird mortalityThe results link persistently warmer ocean conditions to extraordinary seabird die-offs, showing Murres, Puffins, Auklets and Shearwaters suffered more than others.

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Using Unoccupied Aerial Vehicles to Map and Monitor Changes in Emergent Kelp Canopy After an Ecological Regime Shift

September, 2022 Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation

Healthy kelp forests are important for both people and nature but increasingly severe ecosystem stressors like marine heatwaves have resulted in declines in kelp in many regions, including the North Coast of California. Given the significant and sustained loss of kelp in this region, management intervention is needed to reset the ecosystem. Through this research we contributed to the largest science-based drone survey ever conducted in California to map kelp canopy cover and advance strategic kelp restoration alongside Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and partners.

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Temporal Trends and Potential Drivers of Stranded Marine Debris on Beaches Within Two US National Marine Sanctuaries Using Citizen Science Data

November, 2020 Frontiers in Environmental Science

Marine debris is a threat to our ocean that can be more effectively addressed through monitoring and assessment of items stranded on shorelines. This study engaged citizen scientists to conduct shoreline marine debris surveys according to a published NOAA protocol within the Greater Farallones and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuaries on the west coast of the United States.

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Ecosystem-based Management Affecting Brandt’s Cormorant Resources and Populations in the Central California Current region

January, 2018 Biological Conservation

We are proud to announce the publication of Ecosystem-based Management Affecting Brandt’s Cormorant Resources and Populations in the Central California Current region in the peer-reviewed journal Biological Conservation. The Beach Watch program contributed data and Greater Farallones Association program manager, Kirsten Lindquist, co-authored the paper.