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Local threats to a popular seabird species in Greenland

PhD defence, Wednesday 16 June 2021. Aili Lage Labansen.

2021.06.16 | Sunitha Satkunam

Aili Lage Labansen

Photo: Flemming Merkel - A video camera (left) and a photo camera in a sealed metal box put up for monitoring purposes (right) at the murre colony Kippaku, Northern Upernavik, Greenland. A mix of video recordings and data from time-lapse photo monitoring cameras were used to record effects of gunshot disturbances experiments at murre colonies in Greenland.

During her PhD, Aili Lage Labansen studied local drivers suspected to play a role for the population decline of murre colonies in Greenland. Resent research indicates that the population decline partly is linked to drivers in the wintering areas, whereas the role of local breeding conditions largely is unknown. A suite of different methods involving gunshot disturbance experiments, acoustic recordings of marine traffic, local knowledge interviews, and statistical analyses were used to investigate the impact of local drivers on the population status in Greenland.

This thesis represents an important first step in understanding the population impact of local breeding conditions for murres in Greenland, which is highly relevant for the management of this culturally valued game bird.

The PhD degree was completed at Bioscience Roskilde and Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Wednesday 16 June 2021 at 13.00
Place: The PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Flemming Merkel, frm@bios.au.dk
Title of dissertation: Makin’ some noise - A study on anthropogenic threats to thick-billed murre (appa, Uria lomvia) in Greenland
Contact information: Aili Lage Labansen, aila@natur.gl, tel.: +299 58 74 50
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Jenny Gill, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Associate Professor Magnus Wahlberg, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Professor Anthony David Fox (chair), Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor: Senior Researcher Flemming Merkel, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
Co-supervisor: Senior Researcher Anders Mosbech, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English 

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.


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