Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Avian community and species responses to an asymmetrical urban area centered on the Pacific Ocean coastline
by Oldehoeft, Kimberly, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 60; 1504515
Abstract (Summary)

The current paradigm in urban ecology posits that generalists increase in abundance with a greater degree of urbanization, whereas specialists show the opposite trend. This paradigm assumes a central peak of urbanization with a gradient of reduced urbanization radiating away from this peak, thus creating a circular shaped urban center. There is little information about avian community and individual species responses to an asymmetrically-spreading urbanized center located along a coastline. My study assessed avian community and individual species responses along the urbanized gradient from the city center on the coast to the city edge. This study provided evidence that avian community variables increased positively with distance to the ocean, but it revealed no clear relationship between guild density and distance to the ocean. My findings suggest that in avian community response to urbanization does not change if an urban area is semicircular and centered on a body of water.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Whitcraft, Christine
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ecology, Conservation
Publication Number: 1504515
ISBN: 978-1-124-99457-4
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