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Jennifer Garrett

Graduate Student (MS)

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Jennifer Garrett earned her MS from the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts in 2001, where she eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)-avifauna relationships in response to the threat to local hemlock forest posed by the exotic hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) in Massachusetts. She received her BS from the Department of ???? at the University of ???? in ????. She is currently a biologist with the Massachusetts Heritage and Endangered Species Conservation Program in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Jennifer's MS research in the Landscape Ecology Lab focused on an exploratory study of eastern hemlock-avifauna relationships in response to the threat to local hemlock forest posed by the exotic hemlock woolly adelgid in central Massachusetts. Jennifer compared the bird species compositions, richness, diversity, and evenness of hemlock forest patches with surrounding forest types (hardwood, white pine [Pinus strobis], hemlock-hardwood mix) in the Quabbin watershed in central Massachusetts. She used these comparisons to determine the strength of bird species associations with hemlock, the level of exclusivity exhibited by each species, and the overall compositions of the local avian communities in these forest types. Within the set of hemlock sites she examined avian species assemblages further to determine if those at stream sites were different from those at upland sites. Lastly, she used the multivariate technique canonical correspondence analysis to determine the importance of environmental attributes at multiple scales (plot, patch, and landscape) in explaining patterns of bird distribution.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655
Email: mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu

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