Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM)
Seabird breeding colonies on islands off the coast of California offer a unique tool to help guide marine spatial planning. The life histories of seabirds can be used to develop locations of ecological importance along the coast of California. Tracking methodologies and habitat modeling related to seabird habitat utilization can be used to inform management approaches which can aid in the expansion of marine protected areas (MPAs). Protecting ocean habitats will help mitigate impacts of climate change and ensure the ecosystem services provided by marine environments. Areas within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary were analyzed to locate candidate MPA expansion based on available data.
Page, Dana A., "Use of Coastal Islands by Seabirds: A tool to guide future Marine Protected Areas in California" (2014). Master's Projects and Capstones. 25.