Faculty Advisor

Peter Hodum

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2021


Seabirds face a number of threats both on land and at sea.Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus; MAMU), listed as Endangered in WA, are impacted by breeding habitat loss and multiple at-sea threats. MAMUs are important upper-trophic level predators of forage fish and zooplankton in coastal ecosystems from CA to AK, including the Salish Sea. MAMU marine distribution and habitat use, information critical for conservation planning, are poorly understood in south Puget Sound. We found that Marbled Murrelets consistently forage around Brown's Point Lighthouse, most to the NW of the lighthouse. Additionally, the birds mainly foraged until late July, and did not show any signs of differing foraging behavior throughout the season.


General Award


University of Puget Sound