This week on Science Borealis I wrote a guest blog post during the APECS series for Polar Week. As long range sampling units seabirds can be used to study marine ecosystems in places that we often can’t get to, including the polar regions. Although seabird biologists often get classified as ornithologists (researchers of bird biology), the current generation of researchers of seabirds are perhaps better defined as ecosystem ecologist interested in how climate change, contaminants, parasites, plastic pollution, development, emerging diseases, shipping and harvest all affect marine ecosystems. And although this sounds like a big task, birds can be the key to such studies.
You can read more here – http://blog.scienceborealis.ca/arctic-seabirds-canaries-of-global-change/