Biology Professor David Anderson’s lab was well represented at the NAOC (North American Ornithological Conference) August 16-20, 2016 in Washington DC. Over 2,000 people attended the NAOC, making it the largest bird conference ever! The titles of the presentations give a good indication of this lab’s seabird expertise, which is now being paired with studies of global change.
Professor Anderson presented a talk titled Trophic influence of ocean warming on breeding success of Nazca boobies. WFU Biology graduate student Emily Tompkins presented a talk titled Male and female genetic and non-genetic effects on breeding genotypes in the Nazca booby (Sula granti). WFU Biology graduate student Nicholas Per Huffeldt’s talk was titled Sex-specific inverted rhythms of activity in a polar-breeding seabird; this subject is also the topic of a recently accepted manuscript. WFU Biology graduate student Jenny Howard (pictured) presented a poster titled Responses of the Nazca booby (Sula granti) and other seabirds to extreme El Niño events at Isla Española, Galápagos.