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Josh Adams

   Seabird Ecologist

Josh Adams
Santa Cruz Field Station
400 Natural Bridges Drive
Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
Phone: (831) 460-7566
Email: josh_adams@usgs.gov
Josh Adams
Bio

I am a seabird ecologist with the US Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center. I am interested in many aspects of seabird ecology and my current projects are focused on species that inhabit the California Current System (Sooty Shearwater, Cassin’s Auklet, Ashy Storm-petrel, and Black-footed Albatross), Hawaii (Hawaiian Petrel and Black-footed Albatross), and New Zealand (Grey-faced Petrel and Sooty Shearwater). I am motivated to understand how patterns in the ocean environment influence aspects of seabird ecology including distribution and abundance seabirds at sea, movements and foraging behaviors of adults during the breeding season, and the interaction of key seabird prey (krill, larval fishes, sardines) with oceanographic features (eddies, upwelling fronts). My work uses satellite remote sensing of the ocean surface coupled with wildlife telemetry to help describe important seabird habitats off southern California, and throughout the Pacific. I have conducted work with seabirds and marine mammals in many different environments including California, Hawaii, Alaska, and Antarctica.
 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • Avian Ecology
  • Invasive Plant Ecology
  • Migratory bird biology
  • Remote sensing
  • Telemetry (radio and/or satellite)
  • Threatened and endangered species

EDUCATION
  • PhD, Zoology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 2011
  • MSc, Marine Sciences, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, California State University San Francisco 2004
  • BA, Biology (Thesis Honors), University of California Santa Cruz 1992

PROFESSIONAL AND HONORARY SOCIETIES AND SCIENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES
  • Member Pacific Seabird Group (since 1992)
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