Faculty Advisor

Bakermans, Marja

Faculty Advisor

Buckholt, Michael Allan

Abstract

We ran a stable hydrogen isotope analysis of Setophaga ruticilla rectrices using samples from the Powdermill Avian Research Center in Pennsylvania. Since warblers molt on breeding grounds, the hydrogen ratio within their feathers is representative of this location. We found that adult males migrate significantly earlier than their female counterparts, and juvenile females migrate significantly earlier than adult females. In respect to conservation, connecting breeding, stopover, and wintering sites may help scientists implement conservation efforts to protect passerine species.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2016

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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