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Amateur photographs reveal population history of a colonial seabird [Current Biology]

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Long-term datasets are necessary to examine human impacts on ecosystems. However, standardized scientific inquiry generally only dates back 30–40 years. Therefore, alternative approaches are necessary to obtain long-term ecological data. For example, previous studies have used newspaper reports to derive fish catch rates, historical photographs to study phenology and fish size distribution, as well as fish bone data from archaeological excavations to derive growth parameters. Photographs have also been used to provide useful information about marine animal populations.(...)

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