We know most Seabrook Island Birder members enjoy watching the Brown Pelicans as they float through the air over the beach and ocean. But most of us have a lot to learn about one of our most common shorebirds. Join us at the Lake House for another fun and informative evening.
In 2016, Dr Jodice was awarded a $1 million grant to study movement patterns and at-sea habitat use of brown pelicans along the southeast coast of the United States to obtain baseline data that can be used to help researchers understand potential risks to birds in the marine and coastal environment. This region supports about 5,500 pairs of pelicans and the study plans to tag approximately 100 birds with satellite transmitters to provide daily information about the range of areas where the birds eat and live during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Additional data on diet, chick health and colony size also will be collected. Patrick Jodice is an Associate Professor at Clemson University and a Wildlife Research Biologist with the South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, M.S. in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation from the University of Florida and his PhD in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. His current research is focused primarily on the ecology and conservation of seabirds and shorebirds including the (1) breeding and foraging ecology of seabirds and shorebirds, (2) wildlife conservation physiology with an emphasis in marine ornithology, and (3) wildlife ecology in urban and natural systems. In November 2015 he was elected Chair of the World Seabird Union and will serve for a 5 year term.
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