Document Type

Presentation (Conference, workshop, or webinar)

Scholarship Type

Student Scholarship

Presentation Date


Event Name and Location of Presentation

Ecological Society of America. Portland, Oregon.

Instructor(s) or Advisor(s)

Dr. John Quinn


The heterogeneous landscape of the eastern United States has resulted in a diversity of conservation interventions including public protected areas, private lands held in easements, and open space managed at various levels of intensity. Given the pressures of expected land use and land cover change, particularly in the Southern Piedmont ecoregion, multi-scale and comprehensive data are needed to prioritize conservation actions. We assessed local and regional indicators of conservation success across an urban-rural gradient by analyzing local bird abundance and diversity as a factor of forest patch area, land use matrix, and land management strategy. The study was conducted across 57 forest patches in Upstate South Carolina. We saw no area threshold for abundance among focus species. Patch matrix was the most important predictor of abundance and there was uncertainty surrounding the effects of management on abundance.

Additional Affiliated Department, Center or Institute


Included in

Biology Commons



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