Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)
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Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
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.
Honors Faculty Advisor
Casey, Drew, "Ecologically Distinct Populations of Hawaiian Petrel (Pterodroma sandwichensis): Quantitative Isotopic Analysis to Explore the Uniqueness of Foraging Habits in Kauai and Hawaii Populations" (2020). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1046.