MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Dr. Fred Alsop III
Fred J. Alsop III, Istvan Karsai, Tom Laughlin
The high-elevation forests of the Southern Appalachian Mountains have been impacted and rearranged by a tiny introduced pest from Europe, known as the Balsam Woolly Adelgid (Adelges piceaea), creating a concern for conservation. Breeding bird censuses, along with botanical surveys, have been conducted periodically on an established 60-acre plot since 1967 on the virgin forested slopes of Mount Guyot, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with the last census being completed in 2015. Breeding bird populations are shown to rise and fall in response to the forest’s changes over the last 48 years. Comparisons are made between all studies in order to assess how bird populations are being affected by the changed forest dynamics.
Thesis - Open Access
Brooks, Kevin C., "Breeding Bird Census to Compare Long-term Changes in the Avifauna of the Spruce-fir Forest on Mount Guyot, Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1967-2015" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2606. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/2606
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