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World seabird conference: From movement ecology to population dynamics

David Gremillet, September 1, 2014

Dear colleagues,

We are in the process of compiling the list of persons interested in joining this symposium at the forthcoming WSCII in Oct 2015 in Cape Town (

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Please get back to us with your preliminary titles before the 25 Sept 2014 (this year!).

Selected talks will be considered as invited talks.

Kind regards


Type of session: Symposium

Title: ‘From movement ecology to population dynamics’

Conveners: David Grémillet, CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier Email:; Thierry Boulinier, CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier Email:; Katie Dugger, US Geological Survey, Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Email:

Seabird movement ecology is booming, thanks to the rapid development of electronic tags and refined analytical tools. This now enables studies of seabird spatial ecology across their lives. Concomitantly, long-term seabird population studies are flourishing, providing access to individuals of known breeding history. The time has now come to blend biotelemetry and population dynamics, to fully understand the consequences of individual bird movements on seabird life-history traits, population and meta-population processes. This line of thought is currently the starting point of many exciting seabird research programs, and this session will catalyse this rapidly emerging theme, by convening tenors of the field, as well as rising young researchers. We will welcome empirical and theoretical contributions on a broad variety of topics, from dispersal ecology, to the study of carry-over effects and meta-population dynamics.

Time requested: Quarter-day

Potential contributors: Keynote speakers (confirmed): Henri Weimerskirch (CEBC-CNRS, France): “From early life to old age; how does foraging ecology affect population dynamics of long lived seabirds?”

Francis Daunt (CEH-NERC, UK): “Spatial structure of partial migration and consequences for seabird meta-population dynamics”