Gill, J.A.; Mendez, V.; Gunnarsson, T.G.; Alves, J.A.; Thorrison, B.

Feather isotope ratios and sexing of oystercatchers breeding in Iceland, 2013-2017

Dataset comprises of the delta-13C and delta-15N stable isotopic information from feather samples (for 552 individuals) and the sex (assigned by DNA-analysis of blood samples for 321 individuals) of oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus) breeding in Iceland during the summers of 2013-2017. The Icelandic oystercatcher population contains individuals that stay in Iceland year-round and individuals that migrate to mainland Europe in the non-breeding season, and feather isotope ratios provide a means of distinguishing between these migratory behaviours (as confirmed by observations of marked individuals).

These data were collected by a collaborative team from the University of Iceland, University of East Anglia (UK) and the University of Aveiro (Portugal).

Publication date: 2020-01-28

Get the data

This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Gill, J.A.; Mendez, V.; Gunnarsson, T.G.; Alves, J.A.; Thorrison, B. (2020). Feather isotope ratios and sexing of oystercatchers breeding in Iceland, 2013-2017. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/acbe4aa4-4ed9-428a-b633-ddd1bc119e12

 

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© Natural Environment Research Council

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2013-01-01    to    2017-12-31

Provenance & quality

Feathers were washed in a 2:1 chloroform/methanol solution, left to dry overnight in a fume cupboard and cut into small fragments. Each sample was then weighed and loaded into a combustion Costech elemental analyser coupled to a Thermo Scientific Delta XP continuous flow isotopic ratio mass spectrometer and a Conflo III interface. DNA was extracted from blood samples using a standard ammonium acetate technique (dx.doi.org/10.17504/protocols.io.knycvfw) and diluted to a working concentration of 10–50 ng/μL, and used to assign sex following the methods set out in Fridolfsson & Ellegren (1999: DOI: 10.2307/3677252).

Correspondence/contact details

Professor Jennifer Gill
University of East Anglia
Norwich
Norfolk
UK
 j.gill@uea.ac.uk

Authors

Gill, J.A.
University of East Anglia
Mendez, V.
University of Iceland
Gunnarsson, T.G.
University of Iceland
Alves, J.A.
University of Aveiro
Thorrison, B.
University of Iceland

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Animal behaviour Biodiversity Environmental survey Haematopus ostralegus
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
30 January 2020 15:34