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Multi-colony tracking reveals spatio-Temporal variation in carry-over effects between breeding success and winter movements in a pelagic seabird

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  • Maria I. Bogdanova, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
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  • Adam Butler, Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
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  • Sarah Wanless, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
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  • Børge Moe, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
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  • Tycho Anker-Nilssen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
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  • Morten Frederiksen
  • Thierry Boulinier, CEFE Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive UMR 5175
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  • Lorraine S. Chivers, Brundall
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  • Signe Christensen-Dalsgaard, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
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  • Sébastien Descamps, Norsk Polarinstitutt
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  • Michael P. Harris, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
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  • Mark Newell, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
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  • Bergur Olsen, Faroe Marine Research Institute
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  • Richard A. Phillips, British Antarctic Survey
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  • Deryk Shaw, Burkle
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  • Harald Steen, Norsk Polarinstitutt
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  • Hallvard Strøm, Norsk Polarinstitutt
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  • Thorkell L. Thórarinsson, Northeast Iceland Nature Research Centre
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  • Francis Daunt, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Carry-over effects, whereby events in one season have consequences in subsequent seasons, have important demographic implications. Although most studies examine carry-over effects across 2 seasons in single populations, the effects may persist beyond the following season and vary across a species' range. To assess potential carry-over effects across the annual cycle and among populations, we deployed geolocation loggers on black-legged kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla at 10 colonies in the north-east Atlantic and examined relationships between the timing and destination of migratory movements and breeding success in the year of deployment and sub-sequent season. Both successful and unsuccessful breeders wintered primarily in the north-west Atlantic. Breeding success affected the timing of migration, whereby unsuccessful breeders departed the colony earlier, arrived at the post-breeding and main wintering areas sooner, and departed later the following spring. However, these patterns were only apparent in colonies in the south-west of the study region. Furthermore, the effect of breeding success was stronger on migration timing in the first part of the winter than later. Timing of migratory movements was weakly linked to subsequent breeding success, and there was no detectable association between breeding success in the 2 seasons. Our results indicate temporal structure and spatial hetero-geneity in the strength of seasonal interactions among kittiwakes breeding in the north-east Atlantic. Variable fitness consequences for individuals from different colonies could have important implications for population processes across the species' range and suggest that the spatiotemporal dynamics of carry-over effects warrant further study.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMarine Ecology Progress Series
Pages (from-to)167-181
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017

    Research areas

  • Black-legged kittiwake, Geolocation, Life-history strategies, Migration, North Atlantic, Reproduction, Rissa tridactyla, Seasonal interactions

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