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dc.contributor.authorNicolai, Christopher Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-31T00:01:26Z
dc.date.available2016-03-31T00:01:26Z
dc.date.issued2003-08
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/6441
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2003en_US
dc.description.abstractI investigated two aspects of reproductive decisions in Black Brant: synchronous hatch within clutches and areas in which to rear their broods. It has been hypothesized that Anatidae facilitate a synchronous hatch through vocalizations among embryos within the same clutch. I performed manipulative experiments in which variation was controlled for both genetic and incubation pattern sources in incubation period length. Our results suggest that vocalizations are not responsible for a synchronous hatch, and I suggest that inherent properties of the eggs themselves are responsible for a synchronous hatch. Additionally, I compared gosling growth rates from areas of low nest densities with those from a main colony to test the hypothesis that broods using dispersed areas were escaping density dependent effects. I found that goslings from dispersed nesting areas did not escape density dependent effects and may actually constitute a sink for the population from additional effects of increased nest mortality in dispersed nesting area.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsCh. 1. Regulation of development time and hatch synchronization ihn black brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) -- ch. 2. Do black brant goslings from satellite colonies on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Alaska experience reduced density dependence? -- Summary.en_US
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dc.titleReproductive decisions by black brant: mechanisms to synchronize hatch and spatial variation in growth rates of goslingsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-01-25T02:12:12Z


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