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Population trends of Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae breeding colonies: a spatial analysis of the effects of snow accumulation and human activities


Bricher, PK and Lucieer, A and Woehler, E, Population trends of Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae breeding colonies: a spatial analysis of the effects of snow accumulation and human activities, Polar Biology, 31, (11) pp. 1397-1407. ISSN 0722-4060 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/s00300-008-0479-z


Many of the Adélie penguin colonies used for long-term demographic studies are located near research stations, and there is a need to disentangle the effects of human activities and environmental variability on Adélie penguin population trends. This study used Geographic Information Systems and decision trees to examine whether potential changes in snow cover and/or proximity to human activities were able to explain the varying population trends of colonies at two breeding localities near Casey, East Antarctica. At the less visited site, Whitney Pt, wind exposure and snow accumulation correctly predicted the broad trends of colonies in most (84%) instances, whereas at Shirley I their predictive accuracy fell to 58%. At Shirley I, proximity to human activity correctly predicted the broad trends for 84% of colonies. While snow accumulation patterns are a primary driver of variation in population trends among colonies, the eVect of snow accumulation is outweighed by proximity to human activities near Casey.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Adélie; Penguin; Human; Snow; Spatial
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological Applications
Research Field:Landscape Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
UTAS Author:Bricher, PK (Dr Pip Bricher)
UTAS Author:Lucieer, A (Associate Professor Arko Lucieer)
UTAS Author:Woehler, E (Dr Eric Woehler)
ID Code:54566
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2009-02-25
Last Modified:2014-12-18

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