Stephanie Schneider

CastleRockNWR

schneider_field My interest in ecology is broad and I enjoy working with a diversity of organisms, both terrestrial and marine. As a graduate student, my research has focused on the reproductive and foraging ecology of seabirds. For my thesis I am investigating long-term (annual) and short-term (daily) changes in prey available to Common Murre nesting at Castle Rock and linking this prey variability to reproductive performance, foraging effort, energy delivery to chicks. This study uses robotic video cameras to make colony-based observations and each year between April through August live video of seabirds nesting at Castle Rock is broadcast 24 hours per day at http://www.humboldt.edu/castlerockseabirds/. If you want to learn more about the project, check out http://oceanspaces.org/project/north-coast-baseline-characterization-seabirds.

Since 2009 I have supervised the Castle Rock seabird research project through Humboldt State University and the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This research is broader than my thesis and incorporates various seabirds including Common Murre, Brandt’s Cormorants, Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets, and Leach’s and Fork-tailed Storm-petrels. Through my position at Humboldt State University, I also supervised a long-term study of nesting success and predation at a Marbled Murrelet nest for 4 years and assisted with research to evaluate the efficacy of aversive conditioning of Stellar’s Jays and other corvids to reduce predation of Marbled Murrelet eggs.

I also work as an on-call biologist for H.T. Harvey and Associates. In this position I helped co-author a fatality minimization and mitigation rationale for Marbled Murrelets impacted by a proposed wind-energy facility in Humboldt County, I conducted avian fatality searches at the Central Valley Solar Ranch and the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility. I also helped capture and relocate endangered salmonids and other fish at Penitencia Creek in San Jose, to facilitate stream channel restoration, and under the municipal wharf in Oakland, to minimize impacts of construction.