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dc.contributor.authorAbernathy, Heather Nichole
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-14T17:57:04Z
dc.date.available2018-02-14T17:57:04Z
dc.date.issued2017-08
dc.identifier.otherabernathy_heather_n_201708_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/abernathy_heather_n_201708_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/37250
dc.description.abstractWe examined how spatial variation in long-term precipitation patterns and site productivity potential directly and indirectly predicted foliar C:N, caterpillar biomass, and abundance of 11 songbird species in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Our results suggested that variation in abundance was best explained by elevation. In order to understand the potential driver of elevation or mean annual precipitation at a larger scale, we compared occupancy models using land cover and elevation only to models that included finer scale climate data for trailing-edge populations of the Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens, BTBW). Models that included local mean annual precipitation, integrated moisture index, and heat load index predicted 4,800 - 44,776 fewer acres than models using land cover and elevation.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAbundance
dc.subjectoccupancy
dc.subjectN-mixture model
dc.subjectprecipitation
dc.subjectintegrated moisture index
dc.subjectfoliar nitrogen
dc.subjecttrophic relationships
dc.subjectinsectivorous songbirds
dc.subjectcaterpillar
dc.subjectblack-throated blue warbler
dc.subjectspecies distribution models
dc.titleLarge and fine scale drivers of insectivores in the southern Appalachian mountains
dc.title.alternativeusing inference regarding biological interactions to build a better habitat suitability model
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorJohn C Maerz
dc.description.advisorJeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman
dc.description.committeeJohn C Maerz
dc.description.committeeJeffrey Hepinstall-Cymerman
dc.description.committeeRobert J. Cooper
dc.description.committeeRichard Chandler


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