Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Science Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Richard D. Brewer

Second Advisor

Dr. Clarence J. Goodnight

Third Advisor

Dr. George G. Mallinson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Philip P. Micklin


The breeding bird populations of a 40.9 acre grassland-thicket, the Colony Farm Tract, Kalamazoo, Michigan, were studied over 18 years, from 1961-1979. The purpose of the study was to discover any variations in the avian populations that resulted from the construction of an adjacent residential development. Particular attention was directed toward establishing the kinds of relationships that existed between the breeding bird populations and the adjacent residential development.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access