Title: Concrete Conservation Actions for the Mediterranean Shag and Audouin's gull in Greece including the inventory of relevant marine IBAs

Funding Source: LIFE

Budget IMBBC: 116,900€

Start / End Date: 2009 - 2012

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Panagiotis Kasapidis

Project Members:

Research Directions:

Population genetics and phylogeography

Environmental genomics


This LIFE project focused on improving the conservation status of Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii) and Mediterranean shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii), which inhabit the Aegean Sea and Ionian Sea areas of Greece. The former IMBG (now part of IMBBC) coordinated two Actions: a) Action A.7. “Analysis of diet of Phalacrocorax aristotelis and Larus audouinii”, where diet analysis of the two target bird species was performed, using both traditional and DNA metabarcoding techniques and b) Action E.9. “Rat eradication: Assessment of rat re-invasion”, where we estimated the patterns of genetic connectivity of rat populations in several Greek islets important for seabirds, where rat populations would be eliminated, in order to evaluate the probability of re-invasion from the neighboring islands.