Landscape effects on turtle road trauma

dc.contributor.advisorCorry, Robert
dc.contributor.authorBohner, Nadine
dc.date.accessioned2017-09-15T15:44:48Z
dc.date.available2017-09-15T15:44:48Z
dc.date.copyright2017-09
dc.date.created2017-09-07
dc.date.issued2017-09-15
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Environmental Design and Rural Developmenten_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.degree.programmeLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.abstractRoads in Southern Ontario have a detrimental effect on turtle populations. Due to complex habitat requirements and migratory movements, turtles are especially impacted by vehicular trauma. Past research indicates vehicular trauma is aggregated both spatially and temporally. For mitigation to be effective, it should focus on locations and times of concentrated trauma. This study used a geographic information system (ArcGIS) to map six years of turtle trauma data from the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, identify trauma clusters, and examine fine-scale landscape characteristics correlated with these clusters. Data for three turtle species (Emydoidea blandingii, Chrysemys picta marginata, and Chelydra serpentina) were combined with classified landscape imagery to analyze landscape pattern characteristics associated with trauma clusters by species, sex and season. By targeting locations with specific landscape characteristics and moments of peak potential, results can be used to guide species- and sex-specific mitigation efforts.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/11600
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll items in the Atrium are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subjectfreshwater turtleen_US
dc.subjectvehicular traumaen_US
dc.subjectroadkillen_US
dc.subjectland coveren_US
dc.subjecthotspotsen_US
dc.subjecthot momentsen_US
dc.titleLandscape effects on turtle road traumaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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