Master’s in Marine Science Alumna Publishes Research

Tristram's Storm-petrel and research specimen

Sarah Youngren (MS in Marine Science ’15) has published the first chapter from her thesis. Her main thesis mentor was Associate Professor of Oceanography David Hyrenbach, Ph.D. Youngren's research documented pervasive plastic ingestion in the Tristram's Storm-petrel, a poorly-studied seabird species nesting in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. She currently works on the monitoring of seabird populations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Hawai‘i and Alaska. 

Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X1830064X

 Youngren, S.M., Rapp, D.C., Hyrenbach, K.D. 2018.  Plastic ingestion by Tristram's Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) chicks from French Frigate Shoals, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.  Marine Pollution Bulletin, 128: 369-378.

Photos courtesy Sarah Youngren