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Plastics and contaminants, studying the link

February 20, 2016

The overall research objective that I find myself continually, and increasingly, drawn to is how wildlife are affected by, and deal with cumulative effects. In wildlife for example we are concerned about how contaminants may affect birds (see here for more on mercury and birds). Additionally,  for many birds we are also concerned with the impacts from the habitat […]

Cape Dorset, Commnuity meetings, 2013

April 20, 2013

This winter, although I didn’t do any field work I was invited to take part in some community meetings in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. We arrived on a beautiful March afternoon under windy but clear conditions. One of the side effects of all the wind is that all the new ice has been broken up, creating […]

Cape Dorset, 2012, summer surveys

July 16, 2012

Eider ducks breed on small low lying islands along most of the expansive Arctic coastline. Females make a nest cup of their own breast feathers and lay 2 to 6 eggs that she then incubates  before the chicks hatch out about 28 days later. It is during this time when the females are sitting on […]

Cape Dorset, 2012, ice free bay

July 6, 2012

It is early July and we are back in Cape Dorset, Nunavut for breeding bird surveys. The last time we were here it was May, the land was covered in snow, and the bay was full of ice. And for the most part the bay was full of ice until relatively recently, but when we […]