Physiological limits on realized patch structure and trophic coupling from krill to diving seabirds

Principal Investigators:

James R. Lovvorn

As marine food webs are increasingly altered by climate change and human exploitation, it is often desirable to estimate the amount of prey at one trophic level that is needed to sustain higher trophic levels. Critical to such estimates is the tightness of trophic coupling, or the fraction of prey that are effectively available and eaten by predators. For example, small diving seabirds are limited in dive depth, so that even abundant prey like krill are unavailable unless they come near the surface. Thus, physiological constraints on these predators... more

Participants and Meetings

Working Group Participants
ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow5th January 2006—4th January 2007Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

James R. Lovvornlovvorn [at] uwyo.eduUniversity of Wyoming

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Doak, Daniel F.; Estes, James A.; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Jacob, Ute; Lindberg, David R.; Lovvorn, James R.; Monson, Daniel H.; Tinker, M. Timothy; Williams, Terrie; Wootton, J. Timothy; Carroll, Ian; Emmerson, Mark C.; Micheli, Fiorenza; Novak, Mark. 2008. Understanding and predicting ecological dynamics: Are major surprises inevitable?. Ecology. Pages 952-961.
Data Set Grebmeier, Jacqueline M. 2008. Bivalves in northern Bering Sea. (Online version)
Journal Article Lovvorn, James R.; Grebmeier, Jacqueline M.; Cooper, Lee W.; Bump, Joseph K.; Richman, Samantha E. 2009. Modeling marine protected areas for threatened eiders in a climatically changing Bering Sea. Ecological Applications. Vol: 19(6). Pages 1596-1613.
Journal Article Lovvorn, James R. 2010. Modeling profitability for the smallest marine endotherms: Auklets foraging within pelagic prey patches. Aquatic Biology. Vol: 8. Pages 203-219. (Online version)
"Physiological limits on realized patch structure and trophic coupling from krill to diving seabirds" is project ID: 9861