Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 05:34:20



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


Many topics from conservation biology, evolutionary biology, and ecology will be applied to help answer the question many conservation biologists ask: is this population both genetically and ecologically distinct enough to warrant an independent conservation approach? If the answer is yes, then more resources can be distributed to conserving that population. If the answer is no, more resources can be devoted to other conservation goals, such as conserving one of the other three breeding populations of Hawaiian petrel or generally trying to maximize the overall population size of the species and possibly saving the endangered Hawaiian petrel. This will be accomplished by observing the foraging efforts of Hawaiian petrels over time through the utilization of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopic analysis.

Research Sponsor

Anne Wiley

First Reader

Catherine Konopka

Second Reader

Michael Dunbar

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto



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