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Alicia Berlin

Research Wildlife Biologist

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As a research wildlife biologist at PWRC my research focuses on bioenergetics modeling of waterfowl species wintering in the Chesapeake Bay, habitat utilization of Atlantic seaducks using satellite telemetry, evaluating potential use of newer tracking technologies on seabirds, and underwater hearing capabilities of seabirds. To support many of my research projects I manage a captive colony of seabirds at PWRC that includes surf scoters, white winged scoters, long-tailed ducks, harlequin ducks, ruddy ducks, American black ducks, lesser scaup, and red-throated loons.

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  1. Wells, A.M.  2000.  Comparative Analysis of Embryonic Growth Rate and Incubation Length in Dabbling Ducks. Master’s Thesis, Michigan State University, East Lansing.  37 pp. 
  2. Wells, A.M., and H.H. Prince.  2003.  Breeding chronology of dabbling ducks in Minnedosa, Manitoba.  The Prairie Naturalist 35(4): 273-276. 
  3. Wells, A.M., H.H. Prince, and T.W. Arnold.  2004.  Incubation length of dabbling ducks.  The Condor 107: 926-929. 
  4. Perry, M. C., D. M. Kidwell, A. M. Wells, E. J. R. Lohnes, P. C. Osenton, and S. H. Altmann. 2006.  Characterization of breeding habitats for black and surf scoters in the eastern boreal forest and subarctic regions of Canada. Pages 80-89 in A. Hanson, J. Kerekes and J. Paquet, editors. Limnology and Waterbirds 2003. The 4th Conference of the Aquatic Birds Working Group of the Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL). Canadian Wildlife Service Technical Report Series No. 474. Atlantic Region. xii + 202 pp. 
  5. Perry, M. C., A. M. Wells-Berlin, D. M. Kidwell, and P. C. Osenton.  2007.  Temporal changes of populations and trophic relationships of wintering diving ducks in Chesapeake Bay. Pages 4-16 In R. M. Erwin, B. D. Watts, G. M. Haramis, M. C. Perry, and K. A. Hobson, editors. Waterbirds of the Chesapeake Bay and vicinity: harbingers of change? Waterbirds 30 (special publication 1). 
  6. Franson, J. C., D. J. Hoffman, A. Wells-Berlin, M. C. Perry, V. Shearn-Boshler, D. L. Finley, P. L. Flint, and T. Hollmen.  2007. Effects of dietary selenium on tissue concentrations, pathology, oxidative stress, and immune function in common eiders (Somateri mollissima). Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A 70:861-874. 
  7.  Berlin, A.M.  2008.  Foraging values of Mulinia lateralis and Ischadium recurvum: energetic effects on surf scoters wintering in the Chesapeake Bay. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park. 137 pp.
  8. Olsen, G. H., S. Ford, M. C. Perry, and A. M. Wells-Berlin.  2010.  The use of Emeraid Exotic Carnivore Diet improves postsurgical recovery and survival of long-tailed ducks.  Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine 19(2):165-168. 
  9.  Wells-Berlin, A.M., M.C. Perry, R.A. Kohn, K. Paynter, and M.A. Ottinger.  2015.  Composition, shell strength, and metabolizable energy of Mulinia lateralis and Ischadium recurvum as food for wintering surf scoters (Melanitta perspicillata). PLOS ONE, in press.


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentbenthic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentecological competition
Ecology and Environmentecological processes
Ecology and Environmentecosystem diversity
Ecology and Environmentestuarine ecosystems
Ecology and Environmenthabitats
Plants and Animalsmigratory species
Plants and Animalsseasonal migration
Plants and Animalswildlife
Plants and Animalswildlife population management
Environmental Issuesland use change

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Energy & Minerals for America's Future

Climate Variability & Change

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Data Integration & Interoperability

Bioenergetic modeling and habitat use of seabirds

  • Determining Offshore Use of Diving Bird Species in Federal Waters of the Mid-Atlantic United States using Satellite Tracking.
  • Habitat Vulnerability Assessment for Wintering American Black Ducks in the Chesapeake Bay Refuge System in the Face of Impending Sea-Level Rise and Land Use Change Scenarios. 
  • Determining the hearing abilities of seabirds in air and underwater to determine the potential impacts of underwater noise, such as offshore windpower, on the physiology and behavior of seabirds.
  • Assessing Extreme Meteorological Events on Seabird Migration. 
  • Effects of Dorsally Mounted Solar-powered Cellular GPS Transmitters on diving and foraging in Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) and Red-throated Loons (Gavia stellata).
  • Efficacy of Automatic Feed Pellet Dispensers to Improve Health Status of Wild Ducks in a Captive Population – A Cluster Randomized Trial.
  • Corticosterone, Energetics and Individual State in Diving Seaducks.
  • Atlantic and Great Lakes Sea Duck Migration Study.
  • Foraging values of Mulinia lateralis and Ischadium recurvum: energetic effects on surf scoters wintering in the Chesapeake Bay.

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Alicia Berlin
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708
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