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Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET)

Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) started in the fall of 2002 with the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine (Tufts CCM) / Wildlife Clinic. A network of over 60 seabird and ecological health organizations from Canada to New Jersey has been established.


SeaNET ShearwaterAt SEANET more than 200 volunteer ‘citizen-scientist’ collect data on seabird mortality during monthly or more frequent beach walks. Data on marine and coastal bird population distribution, ocean contamination, and coastal land use are being collected for a GIS-based repository.

Julie Ellis, Ph.D., Director of SEANET received her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University in 2004. Her research focused on determining how seabirds affect marine and terrestrial communities on coastal islands in the Isles of Shoals (New Hampshire/Maine). Julie began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Shoals Marine Laboratory via Cornell University in the fall of 2004. During this time, she worked on a variety of projects including:

  1. censuses of seabird populations in the Isles of Shoals;
  2. genetic studies of Greater Black-Backed Gull and Herring Gull;
  3. banding gulls for studies of foraging and population trends;
  4. assessing the impact of introduced mammalian predators in seabird colonies;
  5. and the role of marine birds and mammals as indicators of pathogens and diseases in collaboration with Becky Harris, Mark Pokras, Flo Tseng and colleagues at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Location: Canada to New Jersey