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Gail S. Fraser

PhD Biopsychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Associate Professor


Research Areas: Avian ecology, wildlife management, behavioral ecology  


My research interests generally fall under the umbrella of avian foraging ecology, wildlife (avian) management, population ecology of colonial waterbirds (freshwater and marine) and the application of behavioral ecology to conservation issues.

Selected Publications:

Stutchbury, B.J., B. Capauno and G.S. Fraser in press. Avian Frugivory on a Gap-specialist, the Red Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa).  Wilson Bulletin 

Russell, J, G.S. Fraser and J. Ellis  2006.  Colouring in the offshore: an atlas of endangered marine species and oil and gas activity off Newfoundland and Labrador, CD-ROM.

Fraser, G.S., I.L. Jones, F.M. Hunter, and L. Cowan, 2004.  Mate switching patterns in crested auklets (Aethia cristatella): the role of breeding success and ornamentation.  Bird Behavior 16:7-12

Fraser, G.S. and B.J. Stutchbury 2004.  Area sensitive forest birds move extensively among forest patches.  Biological Conservation 118(3):377-387.

Jones, I.L., F.M. Hunter, G.J Robertson and G.S. Fraser 2004.  Natural variation in crested auklet (Aethia cristatella) sexually selected feather ornaments does not predict individuals� future survival.  Behavioral Ecology 15:332-337.

Jones, I.L., S.L. Rowe, S. Carr, G.S. Fraser and P. Taylor 2003.  Different patterns of parental effort during chick-rearing by female and male Thick-billed Murres (Uria lomvia) at a low- arctic colony.  Auk 119:1064-1074.

Fraser, G.S., I.L. Jones and F.M. Hunter 2002.  Male-female differences in parental care in monogamous Crested Auklets.  Condor 104: 413-423.

Jones, I.L., F.M. Hunter and G.S. Fraser 2000.  Patterns of variation in ornaments of Crested Auklets (Aethia cristatella).  Journal of Avian Biology 31: 119-127.

Fraser, G.S., I.L. Jones, J.C. Williams, F.M. Hunter, L. Scharf and V.G. Byrd   1999.  Crested Auklet breeding biology on Buldir and Kasatochi Islands, Alaska.  Auk 116: 690-701.

Fraser, G.S.  1997.  Feeding ecology of Forster's Terns on Lake Osakis, Minnesota.  Colonial Waterbirds 20: 87-94.