Analysis of recovery/recapture data for short-tailed shearwaters puffinus tenuirostris

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Dr Leesa Sidhu (

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Short-tailed Shearwaters have been studied continuously on Fisher Island, Tasmania since 1946, making this one of the longest continuous studies of any wildlife population in the world. Although life-history data have been collected sporadically over this time period, a detailed mark-recapture-recovery analysis has not yet been conducted. This study will produce age- and time-varying survival estimates for Short-tailed Shearwaters, and examine the effect of individual covariates such as egg size on first year survival.