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Center for Marine Conservation       |      Duke University Marine Lab

Ramūnas Žydelisrz

Center for Marine Conservation
135 Duke Marine Lab Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516
e-mail: zydelis@duke.edu

Research Interests:

  • seabird ecology
  • marine conservation
  • seabird population delineation
  • marine foodwebs
  • GIS and telemetry applications

Bio: I am a postdoctoral research associate working on the global bycatch assessment of seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles (aka Project GLoBAL). My research centers on fisheries bycatch effects on birds. I am particularly interested in employing seabird telemetry data to improve our understanding about bycatch. In the past, I participated in studies of shellfish aquaculture effects on sea ducks in British Columbia and I also studied waterbird habitat use, trophic ecology and bird-fisheries interactions in the Baltic Sea.

Recent publications:

Žydelis, R., Bellebaum, J., Österblom, H., Vetemaa, M., Schirmeister, B., Stipniece, A., Dagys, M., van Eerden, M., Garthe, S. 2009. Bycatch in gillnet fisheries – an overlooked threat to waterbird populations. Biological Conservation 142:1269–1281.

Žydelis, R., Wallace, B.P, Gilman, E.L., Werner, T.B. 2009. Conservation of marine megafauna requires avoiding and minimizing fisheries bycatch. Conservation Biology 23:208-616.

Moore, J.E., Wallace, B.P, Lewison, R.L., Žydelis, R., Cox, T.M., Crowder, L.B. 2009. A review of marine mammal, sea turtle and seabird bycatch in USA fisheries and the role of policy in shaping management. Marine Policy 33:435-451.

Žydelis, R., D. Esler, M. Kirk, W.S. Boyd. 2009. Effects of off-bottom shellfish aquaculture on winter habitat use by molluscivorous sea ducks. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 19:34-42.

Žydelis, R., A. Kontautas. 2008. Piscivorous birds as top predators and fishery competitors in the lagoon ecosystem. Hydrobiologia 611:45-54.

Moore, J.E., R. Žydelis. 2008. Quantifying seabird bycatch: where do we go from here? Animal Conservation 11:257-259.

Cox, T.M., R.L. Lewison, , R. Žydelis, L.B. Crowder, C. Safina, A.J. Read. 2007. The mitigation discount: comparing the efficacy of bycatch reduction measures evaluated under experimental conditions with their implementation in commercial fisheries. Conservation Biology 21:1155-1164.

Žydelis, R., D. Esler, W.S. Boyd, D.L. LaCroix, M. Kirk. 2006. Habitat use by wintering surf and white-winged scoters: effects of environmental attributes and shellfish aquaculture. Journal of Wildlife Management 70(6):154-162.

Žydelis, R., M. Dagys, G. Vaitkus. 2006. Beached bird surveys in Lithuania, Eastern Baltic: reflection of marine oil pollution and bird mortality in fishing nets. Marine Ornithology 34(2):161-166.

Žydelis, R., S.-H. Lorentsen, A.D. Fox, A. Kuresoo, Y. Krasnov, Y. Goryaev, J.O. Bustnes,, Hario, M., L. Nilsson, A. Stipniece. 2006. Recent changes in the status of Steller’s Eider Polysticta stelleri wintering in Europe: a decline or redistribution? Bird Conservation International 16:1-20

Žydelis, R., W.S. Boyd, A. Breault, T.M. Sullivan. 2005. Abundance and distribution of waterbirds on the west coast of Vancouver Island during spring 1999 and winter 2000. Technical Report Series No. 437. Canadian Wildlife Service, Pacific-Yukon Region, British Columbia, 108 p.

Žydelis, R., D. Ruškytė. 2005. Winter foraging of Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) exploiting different benthic communities in the Baltic Sea. Wilson Bulletin 117:133-141.

Žydelis, R. D. Esler. 2005. Response of wintering Steller’s Eiders to Herring Spawn. Waterbirds 28:344-350.

Lewis, T.L., D. Esler, S.W. Boyd, R. Žydelis. 2005. Nocturnal foraging behavior of wintering Surf Scoters and White-winged Scoters. Condor 107:637-647.

Hobbies: Traveling, showing the world to my daughters, surfing, diving, fishing..