Pelagic Lab

Last Updated January 2019

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Our lab focuses on the ecology and conservation of large marine vertebrates

(seabirds, mammals, turtles, predatory fishes).

Our applied research seeks to incorporate an understanding of natural history and oceanography into the design of management strategies for highly mobile species and their dynamic habitats.

Read more about the Pelagicos Lab:



Recent Lab Publications


Yamashita, Rei, et al. (2018).


Global Monitoring of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Using Seabird Preen Gland Oil.


Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 75(4): 545-556.



Gagné, T.O., Hyrenbach, K.D., Hagemann, M.E., Bass, O.L., Pimm, S.L., MacDonald, M., Peck, B., Van Houtan, K.S. (2018).


Seabird Trophic Position Across Three Ocean Regions Tracks Ecosystem Differences


Frontiers in Marine Science 5:317.
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00317




Gagné, T.O., Hyrenbach, K.D., Hagemann, M.E., Van Houtan, K.S. (2018).


Trophic signatures of seabirds suggest shifts in oceanic ecosystems

Science Advances
Vol. 4, no. 2, eaao3946
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao3946




Youngren, S.M., Rapp, D.C., Hyrenbach, K.D. (2018).


Plastic ingestion by Tristram's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) chicks from French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.


Marine Pollution Bulletin, 128: 369–378



Donnelly-Greenan, E., Hyrenbach, D., Beck, J., Fitzgerald, S., Nevins, H., Hester, M. (2018).


First quantification of plastic ingestion by Short-tailed Albatross Phoebastria albatrus.


Marine Ornithology, 46 (1): 79-84





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