Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration

Hardcover | August 31, 2011

EditorChrista P. H. Mulder, Wendy B. Anderson, David R. Towns

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Islands with large colonies of seabirds are found throughout the globe. Seabird islands provide nesting and roosting sites for birds that forage at sea, deposit marine nutrients on land, and physically alter these islands. Habitats for numerous endemic and endangered animal and plant species,seabird islands are therefore biodiversity hotspots with high priority for conservation.Successful campaigns to eradicate predators (e.g., rats and cats) from seabird islands have been conducted worldwide. However, removal of predators will not necessarily lead to natural recovery of seabirds or other native species. Restoration of island ecosystems requires social acceptance oferadications, knowledge of how island food webs function, and a long-term commitment to measuring and assisting the recovery process. This book, written collaboratively by and for ecologists and resource managers, provides the first large-scale cross-system compilation, comparison, and synthesis of the ecology of seabird island systems. Offering a new conceptual framework into which to fit the impacts of seabirds on islandecology, this is an essential resource for academics and resource managers alike.

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Islands with large colonies of seabirds are found throughout the globe. Seabird islands provide nesting and roosting sites for birds that forage at sea, deposit marine nutrients on land, and physically alter these islands. Habitats for numerous endemic and endangered animal and plant species,seabird islands are therefore biodiversity h...

Christa Mulder is a plant ecologist who works primarily on plant-animal interactions, including muskox grazing in the Canadian Arctic, goose herbivory on saltmarsh plants in Alaska, and the impacts of seabirds on islands in New Zealand. She is Associate Professor in Ecology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wendy Anderson is a co...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Natural History of Seabird Islands1. W.B. Anderson and C.P.H. Mulder: An Introduction to Seabird Islands2. J.L. Smith, C.P.H. Mulder, and J.C. Ellis: Seabirds as Ecosystem Engineers: Nutrient Inputs and Physical Disturbance3. D.R. Towns, G.V. Byrd, H.P. Jones, M.J. Rauzon, J.C. Russell, and C. Wilcox: Impacts of Introduced Predators on Seabirds4. D.R. Drake, T.W. Bodey, J.C. Russell, D.R. Towns, M. Nogales, and L. Ruffino: Direct Impacts of Seabird Predators on Island Biota Other Than SeabirdsPart II: Cross-System Comparisons of Island Ecosystems5. C.P.H. Mulder, H. Jones, K. Kameda, C. Palmborg, S. Schmidt, J.C. Ellis, J L. Orrock, D.A. Wait, D.A. Wardle, L. Yang, H. Young, D.A. Croll, and E. Vidal: Impacts of Seabirds on Plant and Soil Properties6. J.C. Ellis, P.J. Bellingham, E.K. Cameron, D.A. Croll, G.S. Kolb, C. Kueffer, G.H. Mittelhauser, S. Schmidt, E. Vidal, and D.A. Wait: Effects of Seabirds on Plant Communities7. G.S. Kolb, H.S. Young, and W.B. Anderson: Effects of Seabirds on Island Consumers8. H.S. Young, L. Hurrey, and G.S. Kolb: Effects of Seabird-Derived Nutrients on Aquatic Systems9. J.C. Russell: Indirect Effects of Introduced Predators on Seabird IslandsPart III: Restoration of Seabird Islands10. P. Dunlevy, S.E. Ebbert, J.C. Russell, and D.R. Towns: Eradication of Invasive Seabird Predators on Seabird islands11. H. Jones, D.R. Towns, T. Bodey, C. Miskelly, J.C. Ellis, M. Rauzon, S. Kress, and M. McKown: Recovery and Restoration on Seabird Islands12. D.R. Towns, A. Aguirre Munoz, S.W. Kress, P.J. Hodum, A.A. Burbidge, and A. Saunders: The Social Dimension - Public Involvement in Seabird Island Restoration13. M.S. Durrett and C.P.H. Mulder: The State of Seabird Island Ecology: Current Synthesis and Global OutlookAppendix A: Descriptions of Focal Island SystemsAppendix B: Seabird speciesAppendix C: Seabird predatorsGlossaryIndex