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Research Article

Bringing Home the Trash: Do Colony-Based Differences in Foraging Distribution Lead to Increased Plastic Ingestion in Laysan Albatrosses?

  • Lindsay C. Young mail,

    lindsay@pacificrimconservation.com

    Affiliation: Department of Zoology, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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  • Cynthia Vanderlip,

    Affiliation: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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  • David C. Duffy,

    Affiliation: Department of Botany, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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  • Vsevolod Afanasyev,

    Affiliation: British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Scott A. Shaffer

    Affiliations: Institute of Marine Sciences and Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, United States of America

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  • Published: October 28, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007623
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Lindsay C. Young
Department of Zoology, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Cynthia Vanderlip
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
David C. Duffy
Department of Botany, Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Program, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America
Vsevolod Afanasyev
British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Scott A. Shaffer
Institute of Marine Sciences and Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America
Scott A. Shaffer
Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: lindsay@pacificrimconservation.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: LCY DCD. Performed the experiments: LCY CV. Analyzed the data: LCY SS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LCY VA. Wrote the paper: LCY.