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Common Murre Uria aalge Scientific name definitions

David G. Ainley, David N. Nettleship, and Anne E. Storey
Version: 2.0 — Published August 6, 2021

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David G. Ainley discovered seabirds as a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Assistant working on storm-petrels at Kent Island, Bay of Fundy (under C. E. Huntington, while at Dickinson College), and continued with doctoral studies on penguins in the Antarctic (under W. J. L. Sladen at Johns Hopkins University). He continues research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, but has also conducted (is conducting) extensive at-sea work in the California Current (California, Oregon) and eastern tropical Pacific, and land-based work on seabirds in Hawaii. He founded the marine research program of Point Blue Conservation Science at the Farallon Islands, CA, in 1971, overseeing it into the early 1990s, the site where he worked on murre breeding behavior/success in response to variation in the preyscape. From that effort he co-edited (with R. Boekelheide), Seabirds of the Farallon Islands: Ecology, Structure and Dynamics of an Upwelling System Community. He led the initial effort, supplying the scientifice basis, towards designating the Ross Sea as a marine protected area. During recent several years has been editor of Marine Ornithology. He has been employed since the mid-1990s by: H. T. Harvey & Associates Ecological Consultants, 983 University Avenue, Bldg D, Los Gatos CA 95032. E-mail: dainley@harveyecology.com.

David N. Nettleship, Ph.D. Zoology, McGill University, is a retired senior research scientist, founder and head of the Canadian Wildlife Service Seabird Research Unit (1971-2000), and past president of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, Waterbird Society, Bedford Institute of Oceanography-Oceans Association, and Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union-AOS. He is the author or co-author of 14 books and monographs including important works on the Alcidae: ‘The Thick-billed Murres of Prince Leopold Island – a study of the breeding ecology of a colonial high arctic seabird’ (1981), ‘The Atlantic Alcidae: the evolution, distribution and biology of the auks inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent water areas’ (1985), and ‘Family Alcidae: Auks’ (1996), and has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications on seabirds. He is respected internationally as an authority on the reproductive and pelagic ecology of seabirds and their conservation. Current address: 25 Tidewater Lane, Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada B3Z 2G7. E-mail: dnnlundy@navnet.net.

Anne E. Storey, who received a Ph.D. from the Institute of Animal Behavior, Rutgers University, is a Professor Emerita of Psychology at Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Her research focuses on the reproductive and parental behavior and physiology of seabirds (in recent years, Common Murres and Atlantic Puffins) and mammals (voles and humans). From 1995-2015, she and her students from Memorial’s Interdisciplinary Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Graduate Program conducted Alcid research in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland. Current address: Department of Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada A1B 3X9. E-mail: astorey@mun.ca.

Recommended Citation

Ainley, D. G., D. N. Nettleship, and A. E. Storey (2021). Common Murre (Uria aalge), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, P. G. Rodewald, and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.commur.02