Publication Date

Fall 2016

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Master of Science


Environmental Biology

First Advisor

Mary E. Carrington, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

John Yunger, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Richard Baisa, Ph.D.


Baisa found that avian assemblages are highly nested in palustrine emergent wetlands in northeastern Illinois. He measured nestedness by constructing a binary matrix of species presence and absence across sites. Nestedness was also quantified using the Mann-Whitney U-test in his study.

The goal of this project was to sample the wetlands as Baisa had done in his study. By doing so, we will have 2 sampling events, approximately 10 years apart. Nestedness of the wetland communities will be checked, and data compared to that of Baisa. Emergent wetlands in northeastern Illinois were found by Baisa to contain highly nested avian assemblages.


Abstract derived by OPUS staff.