Goose breeding ecology: overcoming successive hurdles to raise goslings

Updated 2001-04-10

Determining ecological constraints for Barnacle Geese during the Arctic summer to understand individual breeding success. Geese are individually marked, measured and observed over their lifetime in order to study individual reproductive strategies and their consequences. Also the interaction between the geese and their food plants is studied in detail. Research activities Every year, during summer, fieldwork in Ny Ålesund, every two years counting geese along Norden-skioldkysten. Both areas are located on Spitsbergen.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1990 - 2001
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Maarten Loonen
Zoological Laboratory University of Groningen P.O. Box 14 9750 AA Haren Netherlands
+31 50 3632028 (inst.) / 5341690 (direct)
+31 50 3635205
Other project contacts
Visiting address: Kerklaan 30 Haren

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Terrestrial birds
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Barnacle Geese Type of data collected: - behavioural observations, vegetation samples, measurements of geese Sampling frequency: annually


Regions studied
Other areas
Kongsfjorden, Nordenskiøldkysten, Spitsbergen
Stations or areas where observations are made

Stations: Ny Ålesund 78'55N,11'33E; coordinate notation: DMS Research areas: Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen Nordenskiøldkysten, Spitsbergen

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data storage on computer files Data are available to other projects and/or international programmes (from 01-09-1990)
References to key publications (or planned publications) and data reports
Loonen, M.J.J.E. (1997) Goose breeding ecology: overcoming successive hurdles to raise goslings. Ph.D.thesis, University of Groningen Loonen,M.J.J.E., Oosterbeek, K. & Drent, R.H. (1997) Density dependent effects on growth of young and final adult size in Barnacle Geese Branta leucopsis. Ardea 85: 177-192
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

- Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, U.K. - Norsk Polarinstitutt, Norway - NINA/NIKU Tromsø, Norway - University of Birmingham, U.K.

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