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Dr. Scott A. Shaffer is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at San Jose State University. He completed a M.Sc. in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 2000 while working in the UCSC laboratory of Dr. Daniel P. Costa. Dr. Shaffer’s main research focuses on the physiological ecology, foraging behavior, and functional morphology of seabirds, especially albatrosses, petrels, boobies, and gulls. Much of this work has occurred on sub-Antarctic islands in the Indian Ocean and New Zealand as well as islands in the Northwest Hawaiian Island chain and in Mexico. In addition to his experience studying seabirds, Dr. Shaffer has been involved in or has conducted research on Beluga whales, fur seals, Antarctic seals, California sea lions, and a variety of other bird species including penguins, auks, ravens, and shorebirds. As part of the TOPP program, Dr. Shaffer is the working group leader for the seabird team and is involved in studies that focus on the foraging ecology and distribution of seabirds, as well as various aspects related to database management.
Dept. of Biological Sciences
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, California 95192-0100
Tel: 408 924 4871
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- Selected Publications
Kappes, M.A., Shaffer, S.A., Tremblay, Y., Foley, D.G., Palacios, D.M., Robinson, P.W., Bograd, S.J., and Costa, D.P. (2009) Hawaiian albatrosses track interannual variability of marine habitats in the North Pacific. Progress in Oceanography, in press.
Shaffer, S.A., Weimerskirch, H., Scott, D., Pinaud, D., Thompson, D.R., Sagar, P.M., Moller, H., Taylor, G.A., Foley, D.G., Tremblay, Y., and Costa, D.P. (2009) Spatio-temporal habitat use by breeding sooty shearwaters (Puffinus griseus). Marine Ecology Progress Series. In press.
Suryan, R.M., Anderson, D.J., Shaffer, S.A., Roby, D.D., Tremblay, Y., Costa, D.P., Sato, F., and Ozaki, K. (2008) Wind, waves, and wing loading: Their relative importance to the at-sea distribution and movements of North and Central Pacific albatrosses. PLoS One 3(12): e4016. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004016
Burger, A.E. and Shaffer S.A. (2008) Perspectives in Ornithology: Application of tracking and data-logging technology in research and conservation of seabirds. Auk 125(2), 253-264.
Angelier, F., Shaffer, S. A., Weimerskirch, H., Trouvé, C. and Chastel, O. (2007) Corticosterone and foraging behaviour in a pelagic seabird. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 80, 283-292.
Shaffer, S. A., Tremblay, Y., Weimerskirch, H., Scott, D., Thompson, D. R., Sagar, P. M., Moller, H., Taylor, G. A., Foley, D. G., Block, B. A., and Costa, D. P. (2006) Migratory shearwaters integrate oceanic resources across the Pacific Ocean in an endless summer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103, 12799-12802.
Shaffer, S.A., Tremblay, Y., Awkerman, J., Henry, W.R., Teo, S.L.H., Anderson D.J., Croll, D.A., Block, B.A., and Costa, D.P. (2005) Comparison of light- and SST-based geolocation with satellite telemetry in free-ranging albatrosses. Marine Biology 147, 833-843.
Shaffer, S. A., Costa, D. P., and Weimerskirch, H. (2004) Field metabolic rates of black-browed albatrosses Thalassarche melanophrys during the incubation stage. Journal of Avian Biology 35, 551-558.
Shaffer, S.A., Costa, D.P., & Weimerskirch, H. (2001a) Behavioural factors affecting foraging effort of breeding wandering albatrosses. Journal of Animal Ecology 70, 864-874.
Shaffer, S.A., Weimerskirch, H., & Costa, D.P. (2001c) Functional significance of sexual dimorphism in wandering albatrosses, Diomedea exulans. Functional Ecology 15, 203-210.
Weimerskirch, H., Guionnet, T., Martin, J., Shaffer, S.A., & Costa, D.P. (2000) Fast and fuel-efficient? Optimal use of wind by flying albatrosses. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 267, 1869-1874.
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