Marc Travers

BSc Hons (Bishops)
MSc (Simon Fraser)

Marc’s research on seabirds and other taxa has taken him to a number of islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Canadian Arctic and the Antarctic where he has helped local teams initiate a powerline monitoring program, studied the indirect demographic consequences of nest predation, climate changed induced diet shifts in birds and Polar Bears, niche partitioning, avian disease dynamics, and physiological indicators of health in wildlife.

For the past 10 years, Marc has been based in Hawaii, studying seabird interactions with human infrastructure.


Impacts and solutions to avian powerline collisions on the Hawaiian Islands (Supervisor: Prof. Peter Ryan)

Book Chapter

Travers, M.S. In press.  Reducing collision with structures. In Young, L., Van der Werf, E. eds. Conservation of marine birds. 1st ed. Elsevier Press. Chapter 14.

Peer Reviewed Publications 

Raine, A.F., Driskill, S., Rothe, J. and Travers, M.S. 2022. Evaluating the breeding phenology of the endangered ‘A’o (Newell’s Shearwater, Puffinus newelli) on Kaua’I. In Press

Travers, M.S., Driskill, S., Stemen, A., Geelhoed, T., Golden, D.M., Koike, S., Shipley, A.A., Moon, H. E., Anderson, T., Bache, M., and Raine, A.F. 2021. Post-collision impacts, crippling bias, and environmental bias in a study of Newell’s Shearwater and Hawaiian Petrel powerline collisions. Avian Conservation and Ecology16(1), art15.    

Rodríguez, A., Arcos, J.M., Bretagnolle, V., Dias, M.P., Holmes, N.D., Louzao, M., Provencher, J., Raine, A.F., Ramírez, F., Rodríguez, B., Ronconi, R.A., Taylor, R. S., Bonnaud, E., Borrelle, S.B., Cortés, V., Descamps, S., Friesen, V. L., Genovart, M., Hedd, A., … Travers, M. 2019. Future directions in conservation research on Petrels and Shearwaters. Frontiers in Marine Science6  

Raine, A.F., Holmes, N.D., Travers, M., Cooper, B.A., and Day, R.H. 2017. Declining population trends of Hawaiian Petrel and Newell’s Shearwater on the island of Kaua‘i, Hawaii, USA. The Condor119(3), 405–415.

Rodríguez, A., Holmes, N.D., Ryan, P.G., Wilson, K.-J., Faulquier, L., Murillo, Y., Raine, A.F., Penniman, J. F., Neves, V., Rodríguez, B., Negro, J.J., Chiaradia, A., Dann, P., Anderson, T., Metzger, B., Shirai, M., Deppe, L., Wheeler, J., Hodum, P., … Travers, M. 2017. Seabird mortality induced by land-based artificial lights: Seabird mortality and artificial lights. Conservation Biology31(5), 986–1001.

Zanette, L.Y., Hobson, K.A., Clinchy, M., Travers, M. and Williams, T.D. 2013. Food use is affected by the experience of nest predation: Implications for indirect predator effects on clutch size. Oecologia172(4), 1031–1039.

Travers, M., Clinchy, M., Zanette, L., Boonstra, R. and Williams, T.D. 2010. Indirect predator effects on clutch size and the cost of egg production: Indirect predator effects on clutch size. Ecology Letters, no-no.

Willie, J., Travers, M. and Williams, T.D. 2010. Female Zebra Finches (Taeniopygia guttata ) are chronically but not cumulatively “anemic” during repeated egg laying in response to experimental nest predation. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology83(1), 119–126.

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