Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Biology (MS)
Second Committee Member
Aves, Climate change, Eastern Bluebird, Lay date, Phenology, Reproduction
This study investigates the relationship between multiple temperature variables, to include annual and pre-lay date temperatures with first-egg and mean first-egg lay dates of the eastern bluebird at the Warner Parks in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Data is collected by citizen scientists for the Eastern Bluebird Nesting Box Project while visiting artificial nest boxes throughout the park and recording observations made during the breeding season. Temperature data is retrieved from the Northwest Alliance for Computational Science and Engineering’s Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model (PRISM) Climate Group, based at Oregon State University. The analyses showed no correlation between annual or pre-lay date temperatures and first-egg and mean first-egg lay dates, despite observable trends. With the results of this study, I conclude that annual and pre-lay date temperatures do not advance first-egg or mean first-egg lay date in the eastern bluebird at this study site.
Pleiman, P. (2020). Effects of Long-Term Variation in Temperature on Reproductive Phenology in a Population of Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis). Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/3925