Mark Hipfner

Research Scientist - Marine birds

Current research and/or projects

Research on seabird ecology of importance to conservation efforts along Canada's Pacific coast

  • Demography and population dynamics of seabirds in Canada’s Pacific Ocean
  • Structure and function of marine food webs leading to seabirds, and the effects of anthropogenic stressors
  • Year-round habitat requirements for seabirds in British Columbia. with implications for Environmental Assessments and the creation of Marine Protected Areas

Professional activities / interests

Staff member, Centre for Wildlife Ecology

Co-supervisor (currently) for 1 PhD candidate (at Dalhousie University) and 1 MSc candidate (at Simon Fraser University)

Education and awards

Ph.D. Biopsychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2000

M.Sc. Biology, University of Ottawa, 1996

B.Sc. (Hons.) Wildlife Biology, University of Guelph, 1986

Key publications

Tucker, S., J.M. Hipfner and M. Trudel 2016. Size- and condition-dependent predation: a seabird disproportionately targets substandard juvenile salmon. Ecology 97.

Hipfner, J.M. and R.W. Elner. 2013. Sea-surface temperature affects breeding density of an avian rocky intertidal predator, the Black Oystercatcher. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology  440:29-34.

Hipfner, J.M., L.K. Blight, R.W. Lowe, S.I. Wilhelm, G.J. Robertson, R.T. Barrett, T. Anker-Nilssen, and T.P. Good. Unintended consequences: how the recovery of sea-eagle populations in the northern hemisphere is affecting seabirds. Marine Ornithology 40:39-52.

Hipfner, J.M., M.J.F. Lemon and M.S. Rodway. 2010. Introduced mammals, vegetation changes, and seabird conservation on the Scott Islands, British Columbia. Bird Conservation International.

Sorenson, M.C., J.M. Hipfner, T.K. Kyser and D.R. Norris. 2009. Carry-over effects in a Pacific seabird: stable isotope evidence that pre-breeding diet quality influences reproductive success. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 460-467.

Wolf, S.G., W.J. Sydeman, J.M. Hipfner, C.L. Abraham, B.R. Tershy and D.A. Croll. 2009. Range-wide reproductive consequences of ocean climate variability for the seabird Cassin’s Auklet. Ecology 90: 742-753.

Hipfner, J.M. 2008. Matches and mismatches? Ocean climate, prey phenology and breeding success in a zooplanktivorous seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series 368: 295-304.

Research facility

5421 Robertson Road
Delta, BC V4K 3Y3
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University

Centre for Wildlife Ecology, Simon Fraser University