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dc.contributor.advisorNilon, Charles H.eng
dc.contributor.authorDenison, Chandler Boebeleng
dc.coverage.spatialMaryland -- Baltimoreeng
dc.date.issued2010eng
dc.date.submitted2010 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on June 4, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Dr. Charles H. Nilon.eng
dc.descriptionM.S. University of Missouri--Columbia 2010.eng
dc.description.abstractThis study predicted avian species using the social area analysis approach, and census tract block group variables. By using European Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) as a focal species, I wished to determine what socioeconomic variables best predicted their abundance in Baltimore City, Maryland. During May through June 2005 - 2007, birds were counted at 132 bird census points in Baltimore City. Data was gathered from the 2000 United States census tract block groups that contained these bird census points. Socioeconomic variables from the census tract block groups were used in a principal components analysis (PCA) to reduce the number of correlated variables into a smaller number of uncorrelated variables. Regression was used to predict the probability of detection for starling abundance within those census tract block groups. The regression revealed a very complicated relationship between percent of the population that is black, with a bachelor's degree or higher, families with only a female in the household and children, and median year housing unit built. These variables were the best predictors of starling abundance in residential census tract block groups. Future research can apply this principle to other species of birds as well, to create a uniform method of predicting avian species in cities that can be collated and compared among other metropolitan areas.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentiv, 35 pageseng
dc.identifier.merlinb77768280eng
dc.identifier.oclc647410672eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/8088
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/8088eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshSturnus vulgariseng
dc.subject.lcshBird populations -- Estimateseng
dc.subject.lcshBiotic communitieseng
dc.subject.lcshPublic lands -- Managementeng
dc.titleEffects of socioeconomics on European starling (Sturnus vulgaris) abundance in Baltimore, Marylandeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineFisheries and wildlife sciences (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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