Publications

For copies, visit my ResearchGate and GoogleScholar profiles or email me. Additional components of my work can be found at my GitHub (under construction).

Peer-reviewed Manuscripts

Accepted, in press, & published

Wails, C. N. and H. L. Major. 2017. Fitting in with the crowd: The role of prospecting in seabird behavioural trends. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95(4): 247 – 253. [html]

Wails, C. N., E. D. Gruber, E. Slattery, L. Smith, and H. L. Major. 2017. Glowing in the light: Ultraviolet fluorescence of crevice-nesting seabirds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129(1): 155 – 158. [html]

Wails, C. N., S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2014. Are morphometrics sufficient for estimating age of pre-fledging birds in the field? A test using Common Terns (Sterna hirundo). PLoS ONE 9(11): e111987. [html]

Oswald, S. A., C. N. Wails, B. E. Morey, and J. M. Arnold. 2013. Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) fledge a Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) chick: Successful waterbird adoption across taxonomic families. Waterbirds 36(3): 385 – 389. [html]

Submitted, in review, & in revision

Wails, C. N. and H. L Major. In Revision. Seasonal timing of colony attendance by prospecting Crested Auklets driven by energetic costs of molt.

Wails, C. N., H. L. Major., and I. L. Jones. In Review. Year round colony attendance behavior of Crested Auklets (Aethia cristatella) at their prototypical Aleutian breeding site.

Unpublished Reports

Schacter, C. R., K. F. Robbins, and C. N. Wails. 2016. Quantifying migration, movement, wintering areas and philopatry of auklets (Aethia spp.) originating from Aleutian Island breeding sites. NPRB Project 1212 Preliminary Report. 10 pp. [project info]

Wails, C. N. and K. Vagos. 2016. An evaluation of forest structure of Connecticut’s island habitat and wading bird colonies in the Long Island Sound. Unpublished report prepared for the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook, CT.

Wails, C. N. and K. Vagos. 2016. Population viability and projected trends of Roseate Terns (Sterna dougallii) at Falkner Island, Connecticut. Unpublished report prepared for the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Westbrook, CT.

Wails, C. N. 2016. Movement, colony attendance, and social behaviour of prospecting Least and Crested Auklets. M.Sc. Thesis. Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Brunswick: Saint John, NB. [html]

Presentations

Professional presentations

Wails, C. N.*, S. B. Borrelle, R. T. Buxton, and H. P. Jones. 2017. Impacts of mammalian predators on species- and niche-based community assemblages in the world’s seabird biodiversity hotspot. Waterbird Society 41st Annual Meeting. Reykjavík, Iceland. Poster. [html]

Wails, C. N.*, H. L. Major, and I. L. Jones. 2016. Temporal variation in colony attendance of Crested Auklets. Pacific Seabird Group 43rd Annual Meeting. O’ahu, Hawai’i, USA. Oral presentation. [html]

Smith, L., C. N. Wails*, and H. L. Major. 2016. Where have all the auklets gone? Sea surface temperature as a factor in the reproductive failure of Crested Auklets on Gareloi Island in 2015. Pacific Seabird Group 43rd Annual Meeting. O’ahu, Hawai’i, USA. Poster. [abstract]

Wails, C. N.*, and H. L. Major. 2015. Behaviour of prospecting and adult auklets. Pacific Seabird Group 42nd Annual Meeting. San Jose, California, USA. Poster. [html]

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2013. Evaluating accuracy and utility of a field tool for estimating ages of Common Tern chicks. Waterbird Society 37th Annual Meeting. Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Poster. [html]

Oswald, S. A., C. N. Wails*, B. E. Morey, and J. M. Arnold. 2013. Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) fledge a Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) chick: Successful waterbird adoption across taxonomic families. Waterbird Society 37th Annual Meeting. Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Poster. [html]

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2012. Common Tern productivity estimates: A tool for aging chicks in the field. North American Ornithological Conference V. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Poster. [html]

Working groups & other presentations

Wails, C. N., S. B. Borrelle, R. T. Buxton, and H. P. Jones. 2017. Impacts of mammalian predators on diversity measures in the world’s seabird hotspot. Taking Flight: 2017 Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar. Auckland, New Zealand. Poster.

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2013. Evaluating accuracy and utility of a field tool for estimating ages of Common Tern chicks. Great Lakes Area Working Group on Colonial Waterbirds 32nd Annual Meeting. Brighton, Ontario, Canada. Poster. [html]

Oswald, S. A., C. N. Wails*, B. E. Morey, and J. M. Arnold. 2013. Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) fledge a Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) chick: Successful waterbird adoption across taxonomic families. Great Lakes Area Working Group on Colonial Waterbirds 32nd Annual Meeting. Brighton, Ontario. Poster. [html]

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2013. Terns of the Canadian Great Lakes: Ecology and conservation. Pennsylvania State University Berks Awards Ceremony. Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Invited Talk.

Wails, C. N.*, and B. E. Morey. 2013. The benefits of undergraduate research. Pennsylvania State University Berks Undergraduate Research Luncheon. Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Invited Talk.

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2012. Common Tern productivity estimates: A tool for aging chicks in the field. Great Lakes Area Working Group on Colonial Waterbirds 31st Annual Meeting. Clayton, New York, USA. Invited Talk.

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2012. Common Tern productivity estimates: A tool for aging chicks in the field. Higher Education Council of Berks County 13th Annual Conference for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression. Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, USA. Poster. [html]

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, J. M. Arnold, and C. S. Weidensaul. 2012. Northern Saw-whet Owl morphometrics: The preliminary results. Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art Project Owlnet Post-season Meeting. Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. Invited Talk.

Wails, C. N.*, S. A. Oswald, and J. M. Arnold. 2011. Common Tern productivity estimates: A tool for aging chicks in the field. Great Lakes Area Working Group on Colonial Waterbirds 30th Annual Meeting. Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Invited Talk.

Electronic Conferences

Wails, C. N.* and H. L. Major. 2017. Seasonal timing of colony attendance by prospecting Crested Auklets as a strategy to maximize fitness. World Seabird Twitter Conference 3. #wstc3 [abstracts]

*Presenting author.

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