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Distribution pattern of seabird species in the Republic of Cyprus

Espinosa, Chloé ULiège
Promotor(s) : Gobert, Sylvie ULiège ; Karris, George
Date of defense : 7-Sep-2022 • Permalink :
Title : Distribution pattern of seabird species in the Republic of Cyprus
Translated title : [fr] Schéma de répartition des espèces d'oiseaux marins en République de Chypre
Author : Espinosa, Chloé ULiège
Date of defense  : 7-Sep-2022
Advisor(s) : Gobert, Sylvie ULiège
Karris, George 
Committee's member(s) : Michel, Christian ULiège
Parmentier, Eric ULiège
Capet, Arthur ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 80
Keywords : [en] seabirds, distribution, Republic of Cyprus, Mediterranean, oceanographic parameters, human activities, Yellow-legged gull, European Shag, Levantine Sea.
Discipline(s) : Life sciences > Aquatic sciences & oceanology
Commentary : Erasmus in the Ionian University, Faculty of Environment, Department of Environment, Zakynthos, Greece
Funders : EMFF 2014-2020
Name of the research project : The Operational Programme «Thalassa» 2014-2020
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en océanographie, à finalité approfondie
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté des Sciences


[en] For the first time, a systematic national survey of marine waters used by seabirds in the Republic of Cyprus has been implemented. The aim was to learn about the distribution pattern of seabirds in Cyprus throughout the whole year. The European Seabirds At Sea methodology was used for the spatio-temporal presence, abundance and behaviors of seabirds. The study was divided into two parts, first on all the species identified during the study and then on two species breeding in Cyprus: Gulosus aristotelis and Larus michahellis. Distribution patterns have been correlated with different parameters: oceanographic and human activities. The study highlights a general distribution of seabirds related to specific ecology (including breeding phenology), but also for breeding species a significant correlation with the location of colonies and the human activities. On the other hand, no significant impact of the oceanographic parameters was highlighted. We assume that this outcome may be due to the extreme oligotrophic marine ecosystem of the Levantine Sea. Our study also suggests a better protection of local breeding colonies and further research including innovative telemetry tools to address the movement of seabirds and their interactions with fishing vessels and fish farms in the easternmost part of the Mediterranean Sea.



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Committee's member(s)

  • Michel, Christian ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution
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  • Parmentier, Eric ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Morphologie fonctionnelle et évolutive
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  • Capet, Arthur ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > MAST (Modeling for Aquatic Systems)
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