Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Biological Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xi, 113 pages) : color illustrations, color maps

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Gary Kleppel

Committee Members

Jean Mangun, Sean Mahar


birds, modeling, New York, species distribution modeling, Birds, Biogeography, Species diversity, Ecosystem management

Subject Categories

Climate | Natural Resources and Conservation


In New York State, scientists have observed many changes in bird communities including population declines, range contractions, mismatch between behavior and resources, and changes in bird phenology as a result of climatic changes. Four objectives were addressed with this research: understanding how different bird species may respond to changing climatic conditions under a future IPCC emission scenario; determining how suitable habitat may change in the future and what bioclimatic variables are important to specific avian guilds; identifying hotspots of suitable habitat that may represent important areas for conservation investment; and investigating how managers can incorporate future climate predictions into management and conservation strategies.