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Seabird migration and foraging

Many seabirds become old and move far during their lifetime. They are highly dependent on land for breeding in colonies and lakes or seas to find their food. Albatrosses, terns and gulls, furthermore move long distances to reach feeding grounds during breeding as well as in the tropic or temperate zone during the non-breeding period. It is of interest to understand their adaptations to cope with navigation challenges during foraging trips, but also during long migrations.

A bird is flying against the blue sky.
Caspian tern. Photo: Aron Hejdström

Tracking different seabirds in different places

In this project we study foraging movements and migration in a number of seabird species, most of them breeding in the Baltic Sea, like Caspian terns, lesser and greater black-backed gulls, herring and common gulls. We have also studied common guillemots and razorbills, as well as wandering albatrosses (Southern Ocean). The current project is run in close collaboration with BirdLife Sweden. 

We use different types of tracking technology including, GPS, GSM and satellite to record movements of individual birds in the wild.

We welcome young scientists, especially at the postdoc level, to join the group. For more information, please, contact Susanne Åkesson for opportunities.

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Some birds are sitting on a rock.
Photo: Ulrik Lötberg