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dc.contributor.advisorWoodrey, Mark S
dc.contributor.authorWeitzel, Spencer
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-23T21:47:13Z
dc.date.available2020-10-23T21:47:13Z
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/11668/20817
dc.description.abstractDue to the global loss of tidal marsh area, potential anthropogenic and natural disturbances to these systems, and coastal marshes’ affinity for trapping environmental pollutants, understanding how marsh birds inhabiting these ecosystems will adapt to these changes is paramount. To quantify future changes, I first needed to have something to compare against – baseline estimates. To this end, I performed distance sampling line transect surveys during the nonbreeding season to estimate species-specific population abundance, density, and habitat associations and captured two species of marsh bird, Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans) and Seaside Sparrow (Ammospiza maritima), to estimate baseline ingestion of one such environmental pollutant – microplastics. By providing the first baseline population and density estimates for numerous nonbreeding marsh birds, my findings suggest that the tidal marshes of Mississippi provide critical habitat for many of these species. Additionally, I was able to document the first evidence of microplastic ingestion by resident tidal marsh birds.en_US
dc.subjectmarsh birden_US
dc.subjecttidal marshen_US
dc.subjectnonbreedingen_US
dc.subjectpopulation estimatesen_US
dc.subjecthabitat associationsen_US
dc.subjectmicroplasticsen_US
dc.titleWintering population estimates and microplastics prevalence for tidal marsh birds of Mississippien_US
dc.typeGraduate Thesisen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquacultureen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Forest Resourcesen_US
dc.date.authorbirth1994-04-06
dc.subject.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.subject.majorWildlife, Fisheries and Aquacultureen_US
dc.contributor.committeeZhou, Qian
dc.contributor.committeeIglay, Raymond
dc.contributor.committeeRush, Scott A
dc.date.defense2020-09-18
dc.date.graduation2020-11-25


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