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Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration

Christa P. H. Mulder, Wendy B. Anderson, David R. Towns, and Peter J. Bellingham


Islands with large colonies of seabirds are found throughout the globe. Seabird islands provide nesting and roosting sites for birds that forage at sea, deposit marine nutrients on land, and physically alter these islands. Habitats for numerous endemic and endangered animal and plant species, seabird islands are therefore biodiversity hotspots with high priority for conservation. Successful campaigns to eradicate predators from seabird islands have been conducted worldwide. However, removal of predators will not necessarily lead to natural recovery of seabirds or other native species. Restorat ... More

Keywords: seabirds, seabird islands, biodiversity hotspots, conservation, island ecosystem restoration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735693
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christa P. H. Mulder, editor
Associate Professor of Ecology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Wendy B. Anderson, editor
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Drury University

David R. Towns, editor
Senior Scientist, R&D Group, New Zealand Department of Conservation

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Part One Natural History of Seabird Islands

1 An Introduction to Seabird Islands

W.B. Anderson and C.P.H. Mulder

2 Seabirds as Ecosystem Engineers

J.L. Smith, C.P.H. Mulder and J.C. Ellis

3 Impacts of Introduced Predators on Seabirds

D.R. Towns, G.V. Byrd, H.P. Jones, M.J. Rauzon, J.C. Russell, and C. Wilcox

4 Direct Impacts of Seabird Predators on Island Biota other than Seabirds

D.R. Drake, T.W. Bodey, J.C. Russell, D.R. Towns, M. Nogales, and L. Ruffino

Part Two Cross-System Comparisons of Island Ecosystems

5 Impacts of Seabirds on Plant and Soil Properties

C.P.H. Mulder, H.P. Jones, K. Kameda, C. Palmborg, S. Schmidt, J.C. Ellis, J. L. Orrock, D.A. Wait, D.A. Wardle, L. Yang, H. Young, D.A. Croll, and E. Vidal

6 Effects of Seabirds on Plant Communities

J.C. Ellis, P.J. Bellingham, E.K. Cameron, D.A. Croll, G.S. Kolb, C. Kueffer, G.H. Mittelhauser, S. Schmidt, E. Vidal, and D.A. Wait

7 Effects of Seabirds on Island Consumers

G.S. Kolb, H.S. Young, and W.B. Anderson

8 Effects of Seabird-Derived Nutrients on Aquatic Systems

H.S. Young, L. Hurrey, and G.S. Kolb

Part Three Restoration of Seabird Islands

10 Eradication of Invasive Predators on Seabird Islands

P. Dunlevy, S.E. Ebbert, J.C. Russell, and D.R. Towns

11 Recovery and Restoration on Seabird Islands

H.P. Jones, D.R. Towns, T. Bodey, C. Miskelly, J.C. Ellis, M. Rauzon, S. Kress, and M. McKown

12 The Social Dimension – Public Involvement in Seabird Island Restoration

D.R. Towns, A. Aguirre-Muñoz, S.W. Kress, P.J. Hodum, A.A. Burbidge, and A. Saunders

13 The State of Seabird Island Ecology

M.S. Durrett and C.P.H. Mulder