Date of Award

Summer 7-28-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Kevin R. Burgio, PhD.

Second Advisor

Christopher B. Braun, PhD.

Academic Program Adviser

Diana Reiss, PhD.


The study’s goal was to learn what aspects of the piping plover experience affect reproductive outcomes at Rockaway Beach Endangered Species Nesting Area. Nest location was found to help predict reproductive success. Nests further from American oystercatcher nests were likely to fledge more chicks. Reproductive success was low in 2021.



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