Will cormorants benefit from a warming Arctic?

A new paper, accepted this week for publication in Ibis, examines the relationship between sea surface temperature and rates of population change of great cormorants that breed near Disko Island, Greenland.  Cormorant populations in this area increase in size when sea temperature is high and decrease when temperatures are low, suggesting that Arctic warming will lead to an increase in the population of these birds in Greenland.

White, C.R., Boertmann, D., Grémillet, D., Butler, P.J., Green, J.A., Martin, G.R. (In press) The relationship between sea surface temperature and population change of Great Cormorants breeding near Disko Bay, Greenland. Ibis

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