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Beach-dependent Shorebirds

piping plover chicks

Policy-makers, individuals from government agencies, and natural resource managers are under increasing pressure to manage changing coastal areas to meet social, economic, and natural resource demands, particularly under a regime of sea-level rise. Scientific knowledge of coastal processes and habitat-use can support decision-makers as they balance these often-conflicting human and ecological needs. An interdisciplinary USGS team is conducting research and developing tools to identify suitable coastal habitats for species of concern, such as the piping plover (Charadrius melodus), under a variety of sea-level rise scenarios. Credit: Josh Seibel, USFWS

publications,news, and datasets

Zeigler, S.L., Thieler, E.R., Gutierrez, B.T., Plant, N.G., Hines, M. Fraser, J.D., Catlin, D.H., Karpanty, S.M., 2017, Smartphone technologies and Bayesian networks to assess shorebird habitat selection. Wildlife Society Bulletin. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.820.

Sturdivant, E.J., Thieler, E.R., Zeigler, S.L., Winslow, L.A., Hines, M.K., Read, J.S., Walker, J.I., 2016, Biogeomorphic classification and images of shorebird nesting sites on the U.S. Atlantic coast: U.S. Geological Survey data release,

Thieler, E.R., Zeigler, S.L., Winslow, L.A. , Hines, M.K., Read, J.S., Walker, J.I., 2016, Smartphone-based distributed data collection enables rapid assessment of shorebird habitat suitability. PLOS ONE. 11(11): e0164979.

Gutierrez, B.T., Plant, N.G., Thieler, E.R., Turecek, Aaron, 2015, Using a Bayesian network to predict barrier island geomorphological characteristics. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth. 120: 2451-2475.




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