Ilse Esparza

Student Speaker | Étudiant.e
For organisms living in seasonal environments, timing is key. It has been widely documented that Arctic and temperate seabird species follow seasonal pulses, matching their breeding events with productivity peaks. However, this idea has been much less explored in tropical species. During this research, we aim to determine if oceanographic processes such as upwelling affect breeding success in the brown booby, a widespread species in the Tropics. To do this we used one-year productivity data from the 2019 brown booby colony at Bona Island in the Gulf of Panama and combined it with environmental information. We predicted that chick survival probability would be higher under upwelling conditions.